Vertical Gardens Guide



Unique Unusual and Creative Garden Planter Ideas

If you aspire to having a garden that's a little bit unique, creating planters out of unusual objects may just add the style you are looking for.  There's so many options... really only limited by your imagination!  It's a great way to recycle things too, as so many items that have already been used for one purpose can be re-purposed as a planter.

To get your creative juices flowing, this first great video shows a wide range of unusual recycled planter ideas.  Then we will break things down and go into specific ideas and how to go about creating them!  Use any of the specific ideas here, or come up with your own!  We'd love to see what you create, so feel free to send us a video or photos of your unique planters.  We may even include them in this article.

So, let's get started...


Book Planter

Got any unwanted large hard cover books?  Turn them into planters!

DIY Vintage Book into Fairy Garden

Hot Air Balloon Planter

If you're feeling crafty, try making one of these adorable hot air balloon planters.  They would make excellent gifts or look lovely sitting in your window.

DIY Hot Air Balloon Plant Pot / Planter

Framed Planters

Create mini hanging succulent gardens in old picture frames... simply build a box to fit behind your frame.  Or create your own frames out of recycled wood.  Mount them on your fence or wall as living outdoor art!

This video shows you how to do it.

DIY Vertical Succulent Garden

Bird Cage Planter

Unused bird cages can make very decorative planters, especially if you have one of the more intricate fancy shaped ones... but any can be attractive.

This video takes you step-by-step through creating a bird cage planter, using small leaf ivy, which will attractively grow up the wires.

How To Make A Birdcage Planter

And here's some bird cage planters to inspire you...

20 Clever Ways to Make Your Garden Even More Beautiful with Birdcage Planters

Birdhouse Planter

You can use un-needed birdhouses as cute planters.  

Just make some drainage holes, add pebbles and soil and plant in the front opening... ferns or colourful trailing plants would look nice.

Or you could make your own birdhouse form and use it as a planter instead.

This video shows you how to make your own little wooden birdhouse planters.  They put pots in the openings, but you could also plant direct.

Birdhouse Planter


Pumpkin Planter

If you have a leftover Halloween pumpkin, have lots of pumpkins growing in your garden, or just want to buy one to experiment with, you can make a great planter out of a pumpkin.  Remove the seeds and soft pulpy parts inside.  You could even use the seeds to grow in your planter.  There's something kind of fascinating about the thought of pumpkins growing from inside a pumpkin.  If you do try to grow pumpkins in this planter, place it on the ground or on a small stand or paver not far off the ground.  Pumpkins can grow big and heavy and the stems won't support them if they are suspended!  They may also make it heavier one side which could result in your planter toppling off the side of whatever it was standing on.  If it even seems a bit unstable on ground level, use small chucks of wood or stones to support it.

It may pay to drill or cut some drain holes in the bottom of the pumpkin.  Now fill with good soil and plant with whatever plant you choose.  Eventually your pumpkin planter will biodegrade and become part of the soil again, but it will help fertilise the area when it does.

Alternatively, you can hollow the pumpkin out enough to fit a pot inside.  Then when the pumpkin biodegrades you can simply lift the pot out and put it somewhere else... or prepare a new pumpkin for it!

In the Garden: Squash and Gourd Planters

Gourds can be dried to make longer lasting planters, either for direct planting on for pots to go inside.  Just remember to drill drainage holes.

Tin Can/Paint Can Planter

Use large empty cans, such as paint cans or food cans, as planters.  Make some holes in the bottom for drainage, add some pebbles and soil and plant.  

For paint cans, try planting with plants that will flower the same colour of the paint that was in the can.   Stand the paint can planters on a ladder, to enlarge on the handyman theme.

You can even lay the paint can on its side and plant coming out of the can, and onto the ground, to look as if it is spilled paint.  You can do this with other containers also, of course.

Here's a video with some inspired ideas for 'spilled gardens'.

Spilled Flower Pots That Turn Your Flowers Into Streams Of Paint

If you have any large ring pull cans, pull the lid only half way back when opening, and leave the remaining part attached.  The the plant will look a bit like it was the contents of the can.  With lids that are pried open, you could prop them open, but still present, for a similar effect.  

Here's a video on how to make fancy covered paint can planters.

Paint Can Planters

Clothesline Planters

Most people have old clothes that aren’t good enough to give away, at some point.  You can tear them up for rags... or repurpose them as planters!  Children’s clothes are particularly good, as they are smaller and the end weight will be less.  Choose strong, thick, closely woven fabrics, such as denim or corduroy, as they will last longer and less soil will escape.  

Decide what you will be using as the opening your plants grow out of, such as neck hole, sleeves, waist… then sew with strong thread/cord, or staple, any other holes shut.

Add soil to your ‘planter’.  Make a few of these planters out of different clothing items.

Get a strong piece of rope, or wire cord, and attach it between two points, such as two trees, or tall fence posts, or put in posts specifically for the job.  This represents your clothesline.  Next attach the clothing planters firmly to the clothesline, with strong hooks or wire them in place.  Try to attach them in an interesting and realistic way to represent washing on the line.

To add further authenticity, buy the biggest pegs you can find- bright and colourful if you like- and attach these to the clothes in the appropriate places.  Old style wooden dolly pegs could also be used.

Planters from Old Rubber Boots and Shoes

Rather than discarding your favourite shoes or those old rubber boots, why not turn them into planters.  Rubber boots are already basically like waterproof pots in themselves, they just need some drainage holes.  You can leave them whatever colour they are, or paint them up in bright or pastel colours.  Shoes with at least some solid construction can also be made into planters.  Joggers/ sneakers or old hiking boots are ideal, but more fancy dress shoes can also be used, as long as there is enough space for appropriate soil for your plants.   Very high heel shoes can look quite attractive with plants cascading down.  Choice of plants will affect what shoes are suitable.  Small succulents and grasses for instance don't require a lot of soil, while other plants are more deep rooted.  Don't forget that the less soil you have, the more often your planter may need watering.  So if you don't want to have to worry too much about watering, succulent are once again ideal.

Rather than plant directly in the boot or shoe, you could also choose to place a small pot inside it to hold the actual plant.  If possible, choose a pot small enough to be hidden by the footwear, or use other methods to disguise the top of the pot, such as a sock.

They can be used here and there in the garden, or for a continuation along the theme, why not make several and display them on a wire or plastic shoe rack.

Here's how to make a pair of great colourful rubber boot planters!

DIY Rubber Boot Flower Planters - Fun, Easy & Quick


There's a Succulent in My Boot!

Here are some more ideas to inspire your footwear planter projects.

22 DIY Shoes Planter Ideas

Shorts Planter

Got a pair of old shorts that you no longer wear?  Repurpose them as a planter.

Put a small garden pot in each leg to hold the lower soil in and add more stability.  You may also need to attach the shorts to a fence, tree or stake so they don't fall over.   Fill the rest of the legs and upper part with soil, then plant in the top.

Hat Planter

Unused hats could be made into fun planters.  

Use a variety of styles and hang them or sit them on a shelf.

Hollow Log Planter

One of the most attractive, natural materials to use for planters are hollow logs.  These can be naturally hollow, or you can turn old logs or stumps into planters by hollowing them out yourself.

How to Make a Stump Planter

I think they look particularly nice with ferns growing in them, or some brightly coloured flowers.

Here are some examples to inspire you.

15 Ideas Recycle Tree Stump for Garden Decorations

Tea Party Planters

If you have an old teapot, teacups, sugar bowl, milk jug that you no longer use, why not turn them into a tea party planter set?  Even cracked or broken ones can be used, either do minor repairs, or just left 'as is'.

Ideally, drill drainage holes in the bottom.  If you don't want to do that use them in a position that won't get rain and grow some low water need plants, such as succulents, in them.  Then add only tiny bits of water now and then.  Or for plants that need more water just add what is needed and be careful not to over water, which will result in too much water in the bottom which can rot roots.

Add some small pebbles/gravel in the bottom, then some good soil and plant to your taste.

You could even lay the whole tea party out on a nice tray.

Of course, individual tea pots or cups/mugs can also be used as planters.  You don't have to have the whole set.  Or you could even make a whole row, or wall mounted set, of teapots, perhaps as a herb garden or multiple flowering plants spilling over the sides.

Teapot Garden

This next video gives some tips for planting tea cup gardens, particularly with relation to ones without drainage holes.

Tea Cup Gardens: Planting Tips

A popular thing to do with teacups is to create little scenes along with your plants, such as a fairy garden or using cute animal ornaments.  Not only do you get to reuse old tea cups as planters, but also use your creativity to design something truly unique and beautiful.  Lovely gifts, especially for little- or grown up- girls.  Choose reasonably large tea cups, as this gives you more room for creating your scene.

The following video shows you how to make a simple Fairy Garden Tea Cup.

Teacup Fairy Garden

Here's a video that takes you step by step through making another interesting idea for using your old tea cups, as a planter/bird feeder chandelier.

DIY Tea Party Planter



And here are some tea cup gardens to inspire you!

DIY Teacup Planter Pots

Face Mug Planter

Mugs can become heads with the plants as hair!  If you can find any mugs already with faces on, they may be ideal.  If not, you can paint or draw a face on them... either human or animal.  You can even get mugs printed with your own photos on them, so could order mugs with faces of your whole family, or the person you are making the mug planter for.

Once again, drilling drainage holes in the bottom is a good idea.  If not, then follow the same advice as above.

Put some gravel/stones in the bottom, then fill with good soil.

Choose plants that will represent hair.  Grass can be good for this, creating a straight up hair-do.  Or plants that softly spill over the sides can represent longer hair.  You can either trim the front strands into a fringe of shorter growth, or peg it back with tiny stakes or ties, so that the face isn't covered.

Here's a similar idea, but using plastic pots/containers and attaching your own family photos to them.

DIY Planter Personalized with Family Photos

Kitchen Items and Appliance Planters

Many old appliances could be repurposed as planters.  Some may work better if parts of them are taken out and if drainage holes are added.  You can also paint them bright colours, if you like, or leave them as they are.

Some appliances you might like to try using as planters are a toaster, blender, electric kettle or jug, rice cooker, slow cooker/crock pot, electric pie maker

You could also just utilise part of the appliance as a planter, such as taking the bowl from a rice cooker or slow cooker/crockpot.

Saucepans, frypans and baking dishes could also be used.

Old colanders/strainers can be revamped to become planters.  

Old metal muffin tins can easily be turned into planters.  Drill drainage holes in the bottom of each section, add gravel and soil and then plant with plants that will remain small and low.  You could use moss or other very low plants that will form a small mound shape, like a muffin or cupcake.  These are especially good to use as hanging baskets.  Just line the inside with your usual choice of hanging basket material, soil and add pretty hanging plants.

If you have an old kitchen cupboard or table you could set them up as if still in a kitchen.  Maybe as if the kitchen was deserted and nature is taking over!

Your old fridge or freezer can be turned into a planter.

You could try using it upright, by blocking off the front and back of the shelves with pieces of wood or solid plastic, to make planting areas and filling with soil.  If you have wire rack shelves, cover with burlap or fine shade cloth first, to stop the soil from falling through.  The door shelves can also be planted.

With a fridge or freezer with solid drawers, make drainage holes, then arrange drawers open so that each one going down is open a bit more, so that the plants can grow out of the front section.

Alternatively, you can do as the man in the following video has done and lay the fridges on their backs as large planter boxes.  The insulation in the fridges should help keep the roots protected from excess heat or cold.

Growing Vegetables in Fridges

Even your old stove can make an interesting planter.

Lots of potential to plant here, such as the top... remove whatever you can of the elements or gas jets and plant in the remaining holes, or just mound the top with soil and plant something that doesn't need much depth.   Open the griller and oven doors, add soil and plants that spill down.  

Don't forget to make drainage holes if needed.

Wheelbarrow Planter

One of the most attractive planters from repurposed items is the trusty old wheelbarrow.  In the case of a planter, at least some rusted out holes are an advantage!  So when yours has deteriorated and it's time for a new one, turn it into a beautiful planter and give it pride of place in your garden.

If it doesn't have holes, or enough, make a few more to improve drainage.  Add some pebbles or gravel to the wheelbarrow and top up with good soil.  Now comes the fun bit!  Add your plants.  Bright colours and plants that will spill down the sides look particularly nice.  Or you could create a fern barrow for your rainforest garden.

If you don't have a wheelbarrow, you can make your own wooden barrow.

This video shows you how in an easy step by step format!

Make a rustic wheelbarrow garden planter. Easy DIY weekend project.

Soda Bottle Planter

Soda bottles can be used to make various planters.  You can even make self-watering versions which will save you time, effort and water.  The one in the following video is not only practical in being self-watering, but it's also cute as it's made in the shape of a cat.  Your children might enjoy making these.

DIY: how to make a self-watering plastic bottle kitty cat planter / tutorial

You can also cover a wall or fence with soda bottle planters, for a vertical garden, or even a soda bottle tower like in the video below.

DIY Vertical Hanging Bottle Tower Garden

Rain Gutter Planter

If you are replacing your rain gutters, or have offcuts leftover, why not turn them into planters.  These can be mounted on fences or walls, or hung, either singly or in a tier.

The first video shows you how to make a 3 tiered hanging rain gutter garden.

DIY Hanging Rain Gutter Garden

The next video shows a mounted planter system which uses a sloped format to help with drainage.

Gutter Garden

Watering Can Planter

Another of my favourite re-purposed planters is a watering can.  You can make some truly outstanding planter displays in these.  To add vibrancy, why not paint the watering can a colour which will compliment your chosen plants.

Rusted holes in watering cans are an advantage, or make your own holes for drainage if you like.  Add some pebbles/gravel and soil.

You can plant in the top and if your spout is large enough you can also grow something spilling out of the spout.  Why not try a blue flowering plant, such as lobelia, to represent water.  

If you have several watering cans you could use them up a series of steps, one per step, or mounted on a wall or fence.

How to Make a Stunning DIY Watering Can Planter!

Pebble Basket Planters

If you have old tin cans, paint cans or similar, you can create decorative planters by making some drainage holes in the bottom, then attaching pretty pebbles around the sides with waterproof glue, caulk or other similar substances.  Old pots could also be given a new lease of life by decorating in this way.

You could substitute the pebbles with small mosaic tiles, shells, cones or sticks cut to length.

How To Make a Pebble Mosaic Tin Can Planter

Coconut Shell Planter

Don't throw away that old coconut shell once you've eaten the coconut!  Turn it into a planter.
Here's how…

How to Easily Make a Rustic Coconut Shell Planter

Drum or Bin Planters

If your bin has a hole in it or is just looking tired and old why not turn it into a planter?  You can leave 'as is' or paint it up brightly to add some pizazz.

You could also use an old metal drum, large plastic barrel, or a wooden wine barrel... any kind of large drum-like item.

Don't forget to add some drainage holes and pebbles or gravel in the bottom.  Then add soil and plants.  You could use veggies or flowering plants.

Watch this video to learn how to make a great trashcan planter, with its own saucer.

How to Make a Trash Can Planter

You can also cut holes in the side of the bin/drum/barrel and plant in those, as well as the top.  Herbs, fancy lettuces, or small flowering plants, such as lobelia, would be nice used here.  

The video below is a great step-by-step guide to making one!

Half-Pint Homestead Garden Barrel Construction

Bathtub Planter

Old bathtubs seem just made to live again as planters!

Make some holes in the bottom for extra drainage, as just the plug hole may not be enough, especially depending on your slope.

Here's a step-by-step video of turning bathtubs into planters.

How to Make A Bathtub Garden In Ten Minutes

And here's one about some productive bathtub planters and how they were created.

Bathtub Garden

Treasure Chest Planter

If you have an old metal or wooden trunk/chest you wish to repurpose, create your own treasure chest planter.  You could also use an old style suitcae.  Paint it up to look old and weathered... or in a bright colour.  

Put some drainage holes in the bottom, add gravel and soil, then plants.

You could use plants in the colours of precious jewels... gold, sapphires, rubies, emeralds... to spill out of the chest.

Here's a bit of a different idea... a chest on legs.

Tips for Upcycling an Old Suitcase to make a Vintage Planter for the Garden

Wagon Wheel Planter

Lay an old wagon wheel down on its side, add soil or just dig down into the ground.  

Use plants of a different colour in each segment to create a vibrant, spectacular display.

Toy Truck Planter

Turn old toy trucks and other vehicles into planters.  

This is one that might interest your boys.  If they have old vehicles they no longer want to use as toys, let them plant them up and park them in the garden.

If they don't have any they want to give up, why not take them on a truck hunting expedition to your local thrift shops and see what they can find!

Toy Dump Truck Planter

Mini Wine Cork Planters

Try making these amazing tiny planters!  They can even be used on your fridge as magnets.

Air plants actually work really well for this kind of thing too.

How to Make Wine Cork Planters

Toilet Planter

If you replace your toilet why not turn your old one into a planter?

The toilet bowl can just be placed in your garden, and used as a normal planter, or you can do what the video below shows and use the cistern as well, connected to water, to become a self-watering planter.

Toilet Planter

Bucket Planter

Reuse your old holey or cracked buckets as planters, or buy some cheap colourful ones especially for the job.

Make some drainage holes in the bottom, add the usual gravel/pebbles and soil and plant up with herbs or colourful flowering plants.

Here's an interesting idea for a bucket planter... with a twist!  It grows upside down plants.

Hanging Bucket Planter for Tomatoes!

The next video shows a rather ingenious series of bucket planters, with inbuilt self-watering system.  Could be quite handy in dry conditions.

Easy Watering - Self Watering Bucket System - Growing in Buckets

Bag Planters

When your bag or luggage just isn't right for the job any more, why not reuse it as a planter?  You can buy special planter bags, but most old bags could be reused, saving money and manufacture.

An old backpack can make an interesting planter.  Fill any of its sections with soil and add plants that will spill out of it attractively.  

Sit in the garden, mount on a wall or fence, or hang from a tree branch.

This video shows an interesting 'green bag' grow bag system.

Using A Walmart Shopping Bag as A Grow Bag On the Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System!

Handbags, gym bags, suitcases, hessian bags... almost any kind of bag can make a nice planter.

Here's a simple idea for a handbag gift bag... you could actually plant the plant in the bag instead of just popping the pot inside, if you wish.

Six Pack Handbag

A lot of fabric bags may not require drainage holes as the water will seep through.  If yours is very thick material, or waterproof, you may need to add some.

Mount multiple bags on a fence or wall and have a bag planter display.

Trailing plants are particularly nice for this, spilling from the bag, down the wall.

A suitcase could be placed in the garden to form part of a holiday scene... add a colourful beach umbrella, some sand on the ground, shells and sea sponges, maybe even an old picnic hamper planted up.  Plant the suitcase with beachy plants, such as succulents, or small tropical plants.

Here's another idea...

Suitcase Planter

Air Plant Planters

Air plants are fascinating because they can be planted in or on a multitude of things, as they don't need soil.

Try these...

Hanging Geometric Planters for Air Plants

Here's an amazing lightbulb air plant planter!  

DIY Light Bulb Air Plant Terrarium!!

The next video has a couple of cute ideas for planters for air plants... along with some for succulents.  One clever idea is moulding a clay pineapple, then putting the air plant on top to represent the pineapple top leaves.

DIY: Planters for Succulents & Air Plants!

Bottle Terrarium Planter

Large glass bottles can be turned into lovely terrariums.

Add a layer of drainage gravel and then soil.

Choose plants that are going to remain small and not grow too rapidly and overtake the bottle space.

You may need to use tweezers, narrow tongs or other implements to plant your plants, as the bottle opening may be too narrow to get your hand inside.

Add a small amount of water and put on the lid.  You may need to add a small bit of water now and then, or lightly mist the plants with a water spray bottle.  Be careful not to add too much however.  The bottle terrarium can often become a basically self-sustaining environment, recycling the water and nutrients.

This amazing bottle terrarium shows just what's possible...

Thriving Bottle Garden Hasn't Been Watered in Over 40 Years

You can also create a fascinating light bulb terrarium, similar to the air plant one above, by adding soil and water.  Watch the videos below to see how... and to see it evolve.

How to Make an Eternal Terrarium

Eternal Terrarium - [30 days later]

Clay Pot People Planters

Terracotta pots (or plastic would do) can be used to make very appealing 'people planters'.

The video below gives excellent instruction on creating a 'minion' pot planter, however the same basic principle would apply to making pot people planters of all kinds.

How to Make A Minion Planter

Tipsy Pot Planter

Create this interesting tower of pots... that don't just stack straight up!

How to Plant a Tipsy Pot Plant Tower

It may be easier to put the plants in once your tower is created, so that you don't find that you've planted one in an inconvenient place.

If you have a huge pot at the bottom with a good depth of soil, you may be able to just put in a metal rod as the support, without having to buy the specific stand, but remember that it will need to be securely embedded, as it will have a fair bit of weight to support.  

Alternatively, you can use a really long metal rod and hammer it deep into the actual ground, then arrange the pots on this.  Here's a video that shows this method.  And it's a bird feeder too!

DIY Slanted Planters

Broken Pot Planters

Broken terracotta or ceramic pots can still be used for plants.  Just lay them at an angle or on their side to make an interesting tumbledown garden display.  Or stack or join pieces to create something unique.

For instructions for making a simple broken pot succulent planter, have a look at the following video.

Broken Pot Project

This video shows some truly lovely little fairy gardens, created with broken pots.  Something great for the kids to try!

How to make - Broken Pots Fairy Garden

Pallet Planter

Wooden pallets can be used in multiple ways to create planters, both horizontally and vertically.  

They can also be dismantled, using the pieces to design something totally new.

The following videos show various pallet planter ideas.

Building a Vertical Pallet Garden

Building a pallet planter

The 22 best pallet planter ideas

Aquarium Terrarium Planter

Old aquariums make excellent terrarium planters.

Have a good layer of drainage gravel in the bottom, then add soil.

Choose plants that won't grow too tall quickly and outgrow your aquarium height.

Add some water... not too much... and put the aquarium lid back on.  The enclosed space will help recycle the water.  Every now and then it might be an idea to mist the plants with a spray bottle of water.  Naturally, if you notice it is getting too dry, add a little more water.

This great video takes you through the process of turning an aquarium into a planter (along with some other terrarium ideas.)  The second video is a follow-up, with info about how to maintain a healthy terrarium.

Starting a Terrarium

Terrarium Maintenance

And choosing the right plants...

Choosing Terrarium Plants

Old Boat Planter

Do you have a boat, canoe or kayak that no longer floats?  

Drill some drainage holes in the bottom, add gravel and soil, then fill with herbs or pretty flowering plants.  Add some paddles.

You could arrange the boat on a sandy patch with shells and driftwood etc., to represent a beach scene.  

Row boat herb garden planter

Car Planter

This idea isn't probably something many people would be able to do, or even wish to try.  But if you have an old car you just don't want to get rid of and space for it in your yard, why not make it a decorative focal point instead of becoming a piece of junk.

You can paint your car decoratively, maybe with flowers or patterns or bright splotches of colour.

Drill some holes in the bottom of points where you intend to plant, such as the boot.  Add gravel to help with drainage, then add soil.  

For under the bonnet, you could remove the engine, or just work around it.  You will need to block off any gaps where soil could fall through.  Use scraps of suitable metal or wood, roughly attached or jammed in.  Add drainage holes if needed, then gravel and soil.  Remember that the area will become quite heavy with soil, plants and watering, so make sure your under-blocking will support this.

You could stand large pots in on the seats with the plants trailing out the window, or if you want to go the whole hog, fill the interior to just below the open window level with soil and plant.  Or you could use materials to raise the level inside so you have to add less soil.

Choose brightly coloured flowering plants and those that will trail out over the sides.  Or you could make a fernery car.  You can even let the kids set up little fairy gardens or scenes in the boot or bonnet areas.  Dinosaurs may roam freely in your garden, perhaps unicorns and other magical creatures explore the miniature world, or even a little train set might run.

Another idea is to totally plant the body of the car as well, by attaching strong shade cloth over it, cutting small holes, adding soil, then putting plants in each opening.  This would be quite a lot of work but have a very colourful decorative end result.

Tyre Planter

Old tyres can be used in a multitude of ways in the garden, including a whole array of planter ideas.

You can lay them flat singly, stack them into towers (good for growing potatoes), stack them in higgledy-piggledy patterns, cut in half and hang them vertically... or hang them whole.

Use several laid out in an attractive design, as a herb garden, with different herbs planted in each tyre.

You can create a base and legs for them, plant them with grass and use them as living tyre stools... the kids would love this!

Create giant size tyre teacup planters.

Leave them black or paint them in bright colours.

So... have fun with these tyre planter projects!

Builders DIY: Episode 4 - Garden Feature Wall with Tyres

The Gardener Magazine: DIY Tyre Planters

Some great old tyre projects to inspire you...

What can you do from old car tires

Old Trailer Planter

In a street near my parent's house there is an old trailer parked in the front which has been turned into a planter.  Bright coloured annuals such as petunias burst forth.  Very pretty!

Just make the usual drainage holes, add gravel, soil and plants of your choice.

If you happen to also be thinking of making a car planter, the trailer could be 'towed' by the car for an unusual garden feature.



Bicycle Planters

Have any old bikes around that have outlived their usefulness for riding?  Why not turn them into unique planters?  You can put baskets on the back and the handlebars and have colour spilling out of them.

Here's a video which shows a whole lot of fun ideas to inspire you in creating your own bicycle planter.

Upcycling Bikes in the Garden - 25 Ideas for Bicycle Planters

Egg Shell Planter

Empty egg shells can be turned into tiny planters for small plants that don't need much space, such as mini succulent varieties.  The kids may also like to plant them with bird seed, or something like mustard or cress, and see them sprout.  Or little moss gardens.  

Here's some rather decorative marbled egg shell planters.

SUCCULENT DIY | Minimal Marbled Eggshell Planter

Ideally a drainage hole should be drilled in the bottom, but if you have too much trouble doing this without breaking the shell, just be cautious of how much water you add and keep out of direct rain.

You may find that you can stab a hole in the bottom with a skewer or sharp knife point, before cracking the shell and removing the egg.  It is structurally sounder at this point.  This is often done anyway for boiled eggs, so that the contents can expand and release air bubbles while cooking, so the shell doesn't crack.

Great for starting seedlings in too.

Staring seeds in Eggshells. Fun for the little & big kids.

Here's one where they use damp paper towel instead of soil to grow hair on an Easter 'egg head'.

Alternative Easter Eggs

Egg Carton Planter

Egg cartons can be used as planters, although they will degrade in time so not suitable for long term use.

They are good for growing little seedlings, before transplanting them into the garden.

If you decide to make any egg shell planters, these could be sat in an egg carton as part of a display.

Grow Flowers in an Egg Carton

Letterbox Planter

Old letterboxes can be turned into planters.  Have plants coming out the front slot, the back, the top section... wherever your letterbox has a slot or opening.

Here's a video showing making a large planter from a set of multi-unit letterboxes

Apartment letterboxes turned into a planter

Letter Holder Planter

Turn an old letter holder into a unique planter!  Here's how...

Repurposed: Letter Holder Made Succulent Planter

Old TV or Monitor Planter

If you have any of the old style TVs or computer monitors still sitting around, they could be turned into interesting planters.

Remove the inside components and front glass carefully.  Add some drainage holes if needed, then gravel and soil.  If needed, put a small section of wood or other material across the bottom front of the opening, to add more depth for soil.

Plant a little scene inside, to resemble an image on the screen... or use trailing plants spilling out the front.

Chair Planter

Chairs that have outlived their usefulness can live again as planters.

Make drainage holes, then add gravel/pebbles and soil to the seat area, then plant.  

Some chairs may benefit from having small pieces of wood attached around the seat to form more of a planter box... with others you may be able to remove padding/stuffing and top fabric and create your own planting area inside.

You could make a charming little scene by placing these chairs around a small outdoor table, then putting teacup and teapot planters on the table... a cute little tea party planter scene.

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