15 DIY Planters You Can Make in One Hour (or Less!)

Prepare to achieve all your #plantgoals.

Spring's arrival has me itching to become a true #plantlady more than ever. Unfortunately, my newlywed budget usually stops me in my tracks. While plants themselves can be inexpensive, planters are often a completely different story. Luckily, there are tons of budget-friendly, DIY options. I've rounded up 15 super-chic projects for my fellow plant people. The best part? You can knock these DIYs out in an hour or less. Now, if I can just pick my favorite…

Note: Though these projects can be completed in approximately an hour, some planters need to sit overnight to dry or set.

Mini Face Planters

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

If you're a fan of tiny plants, this craft is for you. These whimsical planters are made with egg cups and paint markers. Bonus: You can make one of these guys in just a few minutes!

Make This: Mini Face Planters

Hanging Macrame Planter

Macrame Plant Hanger

Macrame Plant Hanger

Using all supplies from the hardware store, make this easy hanger to display your favorite plant.

Embrace boho style by crafting a hanging macrame planter for indoors or out. Select your own rope colors to coordinate with your space's color palette.

Copper + Cement Hanging Planter

Liven up a blank wall with this modern hanging planter. Welcome home, air plants!

Marbled Planter

Add a vibrant splash of color to any space with a marbled planter. This quick, easy project uses nail polish colors of your choice.

Make This: Marbled Planter

Modern House Number Planters

DIY Address Number Planters

DIY Address Number Planters

Take your house numbers to the next level with these easy DIY planters.

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Replace outdated house numbers with these stylish planters to create some serious curb appeal.

Hanging Leather Planter

Plant meets high fashion, and the air is its runway.

Metallic Dinosaur Planters

Metallic Dinosaur Planter

Metallic Dinosaur Planter

Make a cute miniature planter using metallic plant and dinosaur figurines.

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Give your plants some prehistoric personality with these glamorous dino planters.

Painted Rope Planter

Hanging Painted Rope Planter

Hanging Painted Rope Planter

Display your houseplants in a stylish hanging painted rope planter.

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Spray paint and rope make this project adorable and affordable.

Concrete Planters

Put your old bowls and pans to good use with this concrete planter project. It’s easier than you’d think!

Quirky Head Planter

Photo by: Rae Sturm

Rae Sturm

Make a statement with a unique mannequin head planter. This quirky piece is perfect for those who like gutsy design.

Modern Planters

Add a touch of fresh, modern style to any space with these mini planters. If you have a black thumb, complete this project by crafting cute paper cacti.

Geometric Succulent Hangers

Geometric Miniature Planters

Geometric Miniature Planters

Give dad a handsome planter this Father's Day for a unique and handmade gift. Even kids can get in on this craft with just a little parental guidance. The final planters can be hung in the home or office, wherever Dad needs a little bit of greenery to brighten his day!

Let your succulents fly high with these trendy hanging planters. Wire hangers create a cool, industrial vibe.

Upcycled Salad Bowl Planter

Give new life to an old salad bowl with this quick, easy project.

Instagram Photo Planters

How to Make Succulent Planters With Instagram Photos

How to Make Succulent Planters With Instagram Photos

This fun packing tape image transfer method is perfect for adding your Instagram photos to little flower pots! Take a laser-printed Instagram photo and firmly cover it with packing tape, leaving a tape border around the edges of the image. Submerge the tape in water for a few minutes. Using your fingertips, gently roll the wet paper away from the back of the tape until it feels smooth. The ink will remain on the tape and the paper will wash away. Let dry completely. The tape will become sticky again; just stick your image to the front of your succulent pots!

Photo by: Chelsea Foy

Chelsea Foy

To transfer Instagram photos onto planters, firmly cover a laser-printed Instagram photo with packing tape, leaving a tape border around the edges of the image. Submerge the tape in water for a few minutes, and then gently roll the wet paper away from the back of the tape until it feels smooth. The ink will remain on the tape. Let dry, and when the tape is sticky again, stick the image to the front of your planter.

Dripping Paint Can Planters

White Hydrangeas in DIY Dripping Paint Can Planters

White Hydrangeas in DIY Dripping Paint Can Planters

Use contrast to add depth to the overall look of each styled vessel. Here, the white coloring of the hydrangea set against the super saturated hue of the purple strikes a perfect balance.

Old paint cans and leftover paint make this industrial-chic project ultra-inexpensive.

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Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

Dwarf variety citrus trees are not only beautiful, given the right conditions, they can also be bountiful. Fill terra cotta pots with these flowering fruit trees to give your outdoor space a sunny, So-Cal vibe.

Green Up a Privacy Wall

Urban living often means cramped quarters both indoors and out so make the most of the space you have by thinking vertically. Designer Dan Faires repurposed wood beams from a NYC building that was slated for demolition to create this privacy wall with shelves he filled with potted plants.

Pot Patio Roses

For urban-dwellers lucky enough to have access to a patio or rooftop that receives at least 5-6 hours a day of sunlight, planters filled with patio, mini or dwarf roses will provide colorful blooms all summer long.

Photo By: Shutterstock/VICUSCHKA

Grow Strawberries in a Windowbox

No outdoor space? No worries. All you need is a sunny windowsill to produce a season's worth of sweet strawberries for topping salads or yogurt, or for filling pies, cobblers or sunkers.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Scp photography

Put Railings to Work

Plant-filled baskets that line the railings surrounding this Brooklyn, NYC patio provide a natural break between the outdoor living room and a view of lower Manhattan beyond.

Get the Kids Involved

Easy-to-grow herbs, potting soil, empty tin cans and enamel paint are all you and the kids need to grow your own cheery characters.

Be Selective When Picking Shrubs

When selecting shrubs for container gardening, it's important to keep the plant's mature size and growth rate in mind. Slow growers that maintain a small, compact shape, like this Japanese pieris 'Flamingo' are an ideal choice. With glossy dark leaves year-round and clusters of pink urn-shaped flowers in early spring, this shade-loving shrub will add color and year-round interest to even the smallest of outdoor areas.

Photo By: Shutterstock/PATARA

Sunny, Warm Spot? Plant Chiles

Break apart a spicy or mild dried chile to release dozens of plantable seeds. Sow the seeds in multi-purpose soil then place the pot in a sunny, warm location, like a windowsill. In just a few months, you'll be enjoying fresh-from-the-garden chiles.

Photo By: Shutterstock/elena moiseeva

Opt for Low-Care Succulents

If your green thumb is a little, um, brown, a low-maintenance plant, like echeveria shown here, is a safe bet. Thanks to their ability to store water in their fleshy leaves, stems and roots, succulents require very little watering — but they do require plenty of sun. Position the pots where they will receive at least 2-4 hours of direct sunlight each day and water sparingly only when the topsoil is completely dry, about every 10 days.

Add Columns of Color With Flowering Vines

Compact climbers, like jasmine and clematis, are great container plants. All they need to thrive is a pot with good drainage, a trellis or post for support and regular watering and feeding.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Peter Turner Photography

Make a Mobile Garden

Add casters (available at your local hardware store) to the bottom of metal trash cans to create rolling planters you can easily move around your outdoor space or even bring indoors when temperatures dip.

Grow Tomatoes From Seed

A little early planning and a few packets of seed are all you need to grow a bumper crop of the country's most popular homegrown veggie. Establish the seedlings indoors then transfer them to a waiting pot in a sunny spot for a summer's-worth of fresh produce.

Get Creative With Containers

Don't toss out that empty tin, instead fill it with a potted plant to add a splash of color and pattern to your outdoor space. To prevent excess water from rusting the container's bottom, be sure to punch drainage holes using a hammer and nail before adding the potted plant.

Garden Vertically

Perfect for the smallest of outdoor spaces, this multi-pocket fabric wall planter offers a kitchen garden's-worth of planting space for an assortment of fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives and basil. Irrigation holes in each pocket allow excess water to drain away, ensuring plants stay moist but not overly wet.

Photo By: Woolly Pocket

Choose the Right Potting Soil

The difference between a healthy container plant and one that doesn't thrive could be as basic as choosing the right soil mix.

Photo By: Shutterstock/rolkadd

Pick the Right Shrub for Shade

If your patio or terrace is shady, consider planting a hydrangea, like this lacecap hydrangea 'Bluebird' whose showy blue, pink or purple flowers (dependent on your soil's acidity) will add a splash of color from late spring through summer.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Daniel Granozio

Fresh Salad At Your Fingertips

Salad greens are not only tasty and oh-so good for you; they're also quick to grow — and best of all, when you cut leaves for your salad, new ones replace them so you can munch happily all summer long.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Eric Krouse

Grow Your Own Blackberries

In under an hour, you can plant a large container with a blackberry plant (Tip: Choose a thornless variety) to provide you with fresh fruit for topping salads or filling cobblers and pies from end of summer to early autumn, depending on your location.

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Prep Containers Before Planting

Plants need water — that's a given — but too much water is too much of a good thing. Pots without adequate drainage can cause plants to wilt, lose color and ultimately rot.

Green Up Outdoor Rooms

High above West Hollywood, this patio enjoys sunshine 300+ days/year. Planters filled with bamboo surround the loft's outdoor spaces for privacy while a Kimberly Queen fern on the table and a pair of asparagus ferns on the ground filter LA's famously polluted air while requiring very little maintenance.

Apples in the City

Even the smallest patio can produce a bumper crop of crisp apples. Popular apple varieties include 'Egremont Russet', 'Cox's Orange Pippin', 'Discovery', golden yellow 'Elstar' and 'Blenheim Orange' (pictured) with its crisp, nutty flavor.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Eag1eEyes

Winter-Worthy Plants

The container gardening fun isn't over when winter arrives. Blooming annuals, like pansies, ornamental cabbages and primrose will cheer up containers till spring arrives.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Olga Miltsova

Hanging Herb and Veggie Basket

Plant a hanging basket with cherry tomatoes and an assortment of herbs — like basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano or parsley — to keep fresh seasonings for an Italian dinner within easy reach.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Anna Mente

Save Space With Raised Beds

Make the most of even the smallest amount of gardening space with tiered beds. Easier to maintain than a traditional garden (plants are at a more comfortable level) these elevated containers also warm up sooner in the spring and stay warmer later into fall than a traditional garden making your patio or rooftop the envy of the neighborhood.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Del Boy

Plant a Mini Orchard of Peaches

Although most peach trees aren't well suited to growing in pots, varieties that have been grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks, such as 'Pixy', 'St. Julien A.' 'Bonanza' or 'Garden Lady' are safe bets. Be sure to plant in large pots and fertilize before and after flowering.

Photo By: Shutterstock/simm49

Pot a Variety

Combining several small plants together in one pot is a great way to mix colors and textures. Plus, since young, small plants are typically cheaper than mature ones, it's also a budget-friendly option. To make brightly colored flowers — like this pink kalanchoe and zinnia — really pop, plant them in a terra cotta pot that has been painted a flat black.

Green Dining

Designer Jamie Durie turned this underused patio into a private outdoor dining room for a couple who were eager to combine two passions: gardening and entertaining. A pergola provides shade and gives this outdoor space a secluded feel while a wall covered in edible-plant-filled pouches puts fresh veggies within easy reach so guests can help themselves.

Pot a Pair of Blueberries

Harvest a bumper crop of these tasty superfoods by potting a pair of blueberry bushes in acid-rich soil. Fertilize regularly to promote growth and be prepared to cover the bushes with netting while they're producting fruit to keep birds from eating the fruits of your labor.

Photo By: Shutterstock/Friday Ivo

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