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



Photo by: Nancy J. Ondra

Nancy J. Ondra

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.

9 Clever Ways to Use Dollar Store Items as Planters

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Rubber Boots

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Gravy Boat

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Tin Loaf Pan

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Kitchen Storage Containers

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Watering Can

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Candy Jar

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Beachy Pallet Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

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!

Toolbox No More

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box

Greenery in Old Wooden Tool Box


Fixer Upper

With a little creativity, almost anything can be turned into a planter. I'm swooning over this toolbox-turned-planter that Fixer Upper''s Joanna Gaines picked up from her local flea market.

12 Unusual and Upcycled Container Gardens

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Carry-Along Succulents

Cranium Garden

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Another Toolbox

Flower Bed

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Truck Beds

A Pot, a Teakettle and Colander Walk Into a Bar ...

Photo By: DK - Garden Design ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Overflowing Wheelbarrow

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Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gutter Garden

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Pitcher Perfect

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Carmen Miranda Arbor

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Tin Can Alley

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Pot Feet

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Chic Spiral Planter

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

Photo by: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

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.

New Life for Old Furniture

Dresser Drawer Porch Decor

Dresser Drawer Porch Decor

Photo by: photo by Sam Henderson

photo by Sam Henderson

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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Marianne Canada uses an old bowl to make a decorative concrete planter.

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

Bathing in Style

Bathing in Style

Photo by: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo by Sam Henderson

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.

More Unique Upcycled Container Gardens

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A Hanging Garden

At the Beach

Basket Cases

Beyond the Pails

Case by Case

Color Your World

Dad's Garden

For the Birds

Hats Off

Have a Seat

Kitchen Capers

Going Fishing

Office Space

On the Farm

Picnic Planters

Thrifting With Shoes

Time for Tea

Portable Gardens

Wetting Your Plants

Yes, You Can

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Turn Leaves and Foliage Into DIY Canvas Wall Art

Look to your backyard for the main materials for this artwork project. A few clippings of foliage and some spray paint transform a blank canvas into bright, modern wall art.

Turn Paint Chips Into Geometric DIY Wall Art

DIY decorators tend to make frequent visits to the paint store — and the paint chip rack. Repurpose the extras as a colorful, geometric piece of art that perfectly matches your space.

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DIY Wall Art: Make a Custom Corkboard World Map

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Make Your Own Hardware-Store Jewelry With Copper Pipe + Rope

Make a modern piece of jewelry with inexpensive supplies from your local hardware store. Copper, the next trendy metal, looks contemporary and unique on this rope necklace.

How to Make a Rope Rug

Use thick rope and silicone paint to create a chic doormat that will add a splash of color to any entryway. The polyester rope and smooth paint are durable enough for snow-covered boots or wet spring shoes.

How to Make Painted Rope Trivets

Keep your countertops safe with these easy-to-make natural rope trivets. Add colorful stripes or shapes to coordinate with your kitchen decor.

Make Your Own Rope Bowls

Turn woven rope into chic bowls using a standard zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. Dress up the plain rope by painting geometric designs in your favorite hues.

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