What do tires, bathtubs, shoes, strainers and grills all have in common? They can all be upcycled and made into DIY flower pots! Here are 17 ways to up-cycle common objects and turn them into living art this spring.
17 Unique DIY Flower Pots
Turn almost anything into a planter with a saw and soil! Make large flower pots out of old tires or even a large outdoor flower pot out of a bathtub!
Upcycle an old pallet into an herb garden by adding a few pieces of wood!
2. Plastic animal
Learn how to turn any plastic animal into a planter for air plants.
Build or repurpose old drawers and secure them to the steps of a ladder for a unique vertical planter!
Turn an old bathtub into a fun planter.
5. Toy car
I saw this toy car filled with plants at The Great Outdoors nursery in Austin!
6. Tool box
Drill a few holes in an old toolbox, fill with dirt and add plants!
7. Tire wall planter
Who would have thought 2 old tires could be up cycled into unique flower planters? Find the full tutorial at Recaptured Charm. If you love this tire craft, don’t miss 20 more used for recycled tires!
8. Tire urns
Turn old tires into large planters with a few coats of white paint and lots of dirt. I love how she elevated the urns with cinder block bases. Photo via Shoestring Pavilion.
9. Five gallon bucket with burlap
Give a plastic 5 gallon bucket a major upgrade with burlap and rope.
How cute are those these bicycle baskets overflowing with flowers?
Use a jigsaw to turn a mailbox into a planter. See more mailbox details from Audrey here.
12. Basketball Shoes
A neighborhood in Mexico City turns every day objects into planters including basketball shoes! See more photos at Inhabitat.
Any shoe works as a planter! Image originally from My Damaged Postcard.
Give an old grill a new life as a planter with a fresh coat of paint and dirt! See the full tutorial at Makely.
If the birds are over your birdbath give it a new life as a planter. Find more details at House of Hawthornes.
I love hod Donna turned her old tea kettles into indoor planters. Find the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.
17. Wine barrels
Turn an old barrel into a planter with a saw and soil!
I’m biased, but I love that dino planter! Which unique planter is your fave? Looking for more fun DIY garden crafts? Don’t miss these:
Comments & Reviews
Impossible to choose. But if I’m going to be shot, I’d say the plain ole black tyres against the wall.
Thanks so much for sharing.l
virginia dover says
I love the grill and tires. I took my husbands old work boots and planted flowers in them.
Patty M says
These are all such great ideas and make me long for spring! I would love for you to see my free garden containers from last spring: http://www.alwayssomethinghome.com/2012/06/where-does-your-garden-grow.html. Blessings!
Condo Blues says
You are inspiring my new patio garden!
Jamie Dorobek says
Yay! So happy to hear that… I love a little patio garden action 🙂
Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise says
Great potting inspiration!
I Pinned it to my Garden Love Pinterest board.
Great ideas! My favorites are the bathtub, toolbox, bicycle and mailbox. I’ve seen the shoe used before and I think it’s adorable. Thanks for sharing!
Some of these are crackin’ me up…I love the dinosaur!!
The pallet and ladder are awesome! I’m a renter so space is at a premium, and being able to get things off the ground is a must. Not to mention I always knew there were better uses for pallets.
Very true, power to the urban gardeners!
Great ideas! You know I love a good upcycle, and this is the perfect spring post. Time for some outdoor projects!
Oh I love the 5 gallon bucket wrapped in burlap! I have been looking for large containers for my deck and they are $20 to $30 each, at the cheapest – this project would save me a ton!
Jamie Dorobek says
I love that one too! Quick, cheap, and easy = perfect!
Ditto, i agree.
Lovely ideas, thank you