8 Fresh + Fun DIY Outdoor Planters
Give your outdoor space or container garden a much-needed spring refresh with these eye-catching upcycled planters.
If your outdoor containers are looking a little worse for the wear after this harsh winter, don't despair! These gorgeous, easy-to-make DIY planters not only add fresh color and character to your garden and patio, but they're light on your wallet, too. Less money spent on containers = more money for flowers. I'd call that a win.
Colorful Drip-Paint Pots
Say goodbye to plain, old terra-cotta pots and hello to vibrant, designer-worthy containers. All you need for this fun project is some craft paint, a drop cloth and about half an hour. It's also a great kid-friendly craft idea.
Make This: DIY Drip-Paint Pots
Don't Trash Those Old Tins
Empty tea tins, cookie jars and even used tin cans become stylish (and free!) flower containers with just a little elbow grease and a screwdriver.
Make This: Garden Containers From Old Tin Cans
Beachy Pallet Boxes
With their streamlined look and bright colors, you'd never know these gorgeous planter boxes were made from a discarded shipping pallet. Break out the table saw and make your own this weekend!
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Chic Spiral Planter
I'm always looking for out-of-the-ordinary ways to display my spring blooms, so I got overly excited when I saw this stunning, easy-to-make spiral planter made from inexpensive reed fencing and a galvanized tub.
Make This: 7 Easy Steps for Making a Spiral Planter
New Life for Old Furniture
This repurposed shaving stand planter is oh-so-pretty and the perfect solution to my patio privacy issue. Recreate this look with an old dresser, desk, storage cabinet or any other drawered furniture.
Gelatin Mold Concrete Planters
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Before you throw away old cereal bowls or gelatin molds, consider using them to make these custom concrete planters. This project is easy, fun and a great low-cost alternative to the expensive containers you'd find at a big-box store.
Planter + Birdbath
Attract feathered friends and add a little character to your garden with this bright, double-duty planter. Because birds are most attracted to cool water, place this container in a shady spot and plant with shade-loving blooms.
Make This: Easy Planter Birdbath
At the Beach
Bring a bit of the seaside to your garden with a collection of beach-themed planters, such as inexpensive sand buckets or other plastic beach toys. Plastic and insulated metal coolers make great containers too. You can even fill large shells with sandy growing mix and tuck small succulents into them.
Decorative or storage baskets come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes and colors to complement any of your favorite container flowers. To help wicker and woven-wood baskets last longer, treat them to a coat of varnish or polyurethane and line them with plastic before adding the plants.
Color Your World
Recycle your old paint cans into pretty container gardens. Or buy metal paint cans at hardware stores and home centers. To dress them up, drizzle craft paint around the top rim and add some drips down the sides. Cover with a coat of polyurethane to stop the cans from rusting, or leave them untreated and enjoy the rusty, rustic look that develops within a few months.
Celebrate the guy in your life with a collection of containers that represent his favorite things. If he enjoys grilling, for instance, tuck some low-growing plants into a little hibachi, or go big by turning an old kettle grill into a mobile planter. Other fun ideas include coffeepots and mugs, animal-themed containers, toolboxes, auto accessories and sports-related items.
Give tired or tattered old hats new life as a hanging garden. Baseball hats make instant pot covers: Simply open the sizing tabs in back, slip the opening around the base of the plant and snap the tabs closed again. On straw, felt or fabric hats, cut a hole into the front or top and gently feed the plant stems through the hole.
Old or damaged kitchen-related items those you don't plan to use for cooking any longer offer endless possibilities for plant containers. Cooking pots and pans are just the start: Try colanders, cupcake tins, measuring cups or any other items meant for holding liquid or dry materials. Bundt pans and angel food cake pans make perfect planters for living wreaths.
Turn an old desk into a charming container by tucking small bushy and trailing plants into the partly opened drawers. Complete the effect by popping plants into desk accessories, such as a pencil holder, an old telephone or a small desk lamp.
Time for Tea
It's easy to get carried away collecting teapots and teacups to the point that you run out of room to display them indoors. Why not turn some of them into pretty planters? It's fine if they're chipped, or if their handles or lids are missing. Metal teakettles and tea tins can be delightful additions to the grouping.