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
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
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.
Make This: Hanging Macrame Planter
Copper + Cement Hanging Planter
Liven up a blank wall with this modern hanging planter. Welcome home, air plants!
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
Replace outdated house numbers with these stylish planters to create some serious curb appeal.
Make This: Modern House Numbers
Hanging Leather Planter
Plant meets high fashion, and the air is its runway.
Metallic Dinosaur Planters
Give your plants some prehistoric personality with these glamorous dino planters.
Make This: Metallic Dinosaur Planters
Painted Rope Planter
Spray paint and rope make this project adorable and affordable.
Make This: Painted Rope Planter
Put your old bowls and pans to good use with this concrete planter project. It’s easier than you’d think!
Quirky Head Planter
Make a statement with a unique mannequin head planter. This quirky piece is perfect for those who like gutsy design.
Make this: Mannequin Head Planter
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
Let your succulents fly high with these trendy hanging planters. Wire hangers create a cool, industrial vibe.
Make This: Geometric Succulent Hangers
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
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!
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
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.
Make This: Dripping Paint Planters
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. Lemons, limes or oranges — learn which citrus trees perform best in pots.
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. See more of Dan's NYC digs.
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. Learn more about this space.
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.
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.
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. Learn how to make your own.
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.
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.
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.
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. Browse more photos of this loft.
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.
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.
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.
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.