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9 Clever Ways to Use Dollar Store Items as Planters

Put a quirky spin on container gardening with thrifty, repurposed items from your local variety store.

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Rubber Boots

Rubber boots make great planters for tall plants. Use a utility knife to cut penny-sized holes in the bottom of each boot for drainage. Line the boot bottoms with pebbles to help with drainage and weigh down the boots so they don't tip over.

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Gravy Boat

A ceramic gravy boat turns tableware into a surprising planter. Since these dishes are generally shallow, they're a perfect fit for small succulents. Line the bottom with gravel to help with drainage.

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Tin Loaf Pan

Low, rectangular vessels are ideal for grasses or cascading plants. Use a drill with a 1/8-inch bit to add holes in the bottom for drainage. For a rustic touch, leave the pan outside until it gets a slight patina.

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Miniature Victorian-style teapots are popular items at variety stores. Plants with soft shapes, such as maidenhair fern, add to the pot's delicate beauty.

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