Up-Cycling Plant Containers

I received some “Hens & Chicks” succulent plants from my Grandmother the other day, to add to my growing container garden on our balcony. They are beautiful, easy-to-care-for succulents, that live through the harsh Michigan winters with little fuss. & Their unique, antique colander “pot” only cost me .25 cents at a garage sale! I simply lined the inside of the metal colander with loose moss (to adjust the amount of drainage), added a bit of dirt, and planted my succulents in their new home. Instantup-cycled plant vessel!

Instead of purchasing store-bought containers this Spring, consider giving new life to a jar, pot, or some other hollowed out curiosity. Repurposed containers are not only good for the environment, but they add character and style to your home or garden, while saving you money in the process.

Here is a list of just a few clever DIY planter ideas to get you started:

  •  Tea Pots
  •  Watering Cans
  •  Old Shoes (think rain boots, high heels, or other footgear)
  •  Buckets
  •  Vases
  •  Tin Cans & Other Tin Containers
  •  Children’s Toys (some toys will be better suited to this than others; use your judgement)
  •  Tea Cups
  •  Automobile Tires
  •  Tackle Boxes
  •  Various Antiques

For no-frills finds, consider digging through your own -or a neighbors- recycling bin; just about any milk jug, coffee can, or glass jar will do. Simply drill a few drainage holes in your container of choice, and Voila! You are well on your way to a chic and budget-friendly container garden.

What other ideas for repurposed planter containers have you seen or created yourself? Post pictures, or leave me a comment!


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