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

You might cry over spilled milk, but you will rejoice when spilling paint on these fun planters. Grab an old pot, a funky color combo of cheap craft paint and get to spilling. Better yet if you have small children, let them do the spilling for you.

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

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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.

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Beachy Pallet Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

DIY Planter Boxes

Clever uses for old pallets are never-ending on the interwebs, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple... like upcycling a few old pallet planks into this easy, breezy budget-friendly DIY planter box you can build in about an hour!

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

A centerpiece of fresh greenery is planted in an old wooden tool box on the coffee table in the newly renovated living room.

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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.

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Chic Spiral Planter

Finishing Up

Finishing Up

Add potting soil. Adjust shape as you fill and tamp down soil slightly to create desired spiral form. Add plants leaving enough room for future growth. Water fully.

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

Birdies will love splashing about in this stylish birdbath. 

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.

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