Sure, it’s easy to pick up a pot or two while you’re shopping for plants at the garden center, but those pots come with an environmental impact (not to mention a sometimes crazy price tag!). You don’t have to go that route, though! I bet there are some things around your house right now that would make perfectly functional and even cute planters with just a little crafty love. Here are some upcycled planter ideas to get you started!
1. Olive oil planter – Do you buy olive oil in those big, metal tins? Just use a can opener to cut out the top, drill some drainage holes in the bottom, and you’re ready to plant!
2. Disposable planter to reusable planter – On Monday, I shared how to use fabric to turn a disposable pot into one you’d be proud to display!
3. Wood pallet planter – Life on the Balcony shows you how to turn a salvaged wood pallet into an awesome vertical garden.
4. Reclaimed whiskey barrels – You can find actual used whiskey barrels at the garden center (woah!), but if you get your hands on a wooden barrel, you can just cut it in half and drill drainage holes on the bottom to instantly create 2 planters.
6. Soda or tin can pots – Collect some empties and turn them into planters for small things like herbs.
7. Use a shoe – Take a page from San Francisco’s Alamo Square Shoe Garden and turn a worn out pair of kicks into cute mini planters.
8. Recycled tires – Is tire dumping a problem in your area? Gather up a few and turn them into a planter!
9. Use a wine box – Next time you throw a party and get a case of wine, save that box! You can use it to make a miniature raised bed.
I bet that you guys have whipped up some cute, reclaimed plant pots of your own. I’d love to hear about them!
Image Credits: Succulent and Whiskey Barrel photos by Becky Striepe; Creative Commons Shoe Garden photo by torroid
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!