Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to get those gardens going! This year, skip the expensive store-bought planters and save a load of money (while helping the environment) with these DIY and upcycled planters.

Now that spring has officially sprung, it's time to get those gardens going! This year, skip the expensive store-bought planters and save a load of money (while helping the environment) with these DIY and upcycled planters.

The whole point of gardening (for us anyway) is to save money on vegetables and herbs that we use throughout the season. Last year, though, I realized that I could have driven halfway across the country and back to buy produce for the amount that we spent on gardening supplies. Kind of defeats the whole purpose! This year, my mom is planning to grow 10 times the amount of stuff she did last year. That means we’ll need a whole lot more planters than our stock from last season!

Rather than dishing out cash we really don’t have, we’ll be making as many of our own, either by upcycling items from around the house or getting the cheapest dollar store planters we can find and DIYing them to look nicer. Below are some of my favorite ideas for both. Keep reading, because after the DIYs, I’ll give you a list of things you can upcycle into garden planters that you may not have thought about.

DIY Planters for Your Garden

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  1. DIY Sock Cozy Upcycled Tin Can Planter
  2. Vintage Toddler Potty Turned Planter
  3. Kawaii Unicorn Mason Jar Succulent Planter
  4. Recycled Cassette Tape Planter
  5. Easy Watering Can Planter
  6. DIY “Concrete” Planter (this is so cool, I was surprised by what she used to make it!)
  7. Upcycled Bread Pan Planter
  8. Muffin Tin Herb Garden
  9. DIY Flower Box (this one is a bit more involved and requires a lot of tools, but it’s so worth it!)
  10. Disney Map Planter (using a soda can and, you guessed it, a Disney map. It’s so cute!)
  11. Recycled Tin Can Lady Bug Planter
  12. Fabric Covered Flowerpot
  13. Cute Mini Plant Pots using Play-Doh containers
  14. DIY Letter Planters 
  15. DIY Planter Shelf (again, you need some basic woodworking skills)
  16. Upcycled Bird Cage Planter
  17. DIY Planters Made from Old Shampoo Bottles
  18. DIY Topsy Turvy Flower Planter (cute way to brighten up cheap dollar store terra cotta planters)
  19. Mother’s Day Photo Planter Tutorial
  20. DIY Log Planter using old logs


 

Things You Can Upcycle into Planters

Now that spring has officially sprung, it's time to get those gardens going! This year, skip the expensive store-bought planters and save a load of money (while helping the environment) with these DIY and upcycled planters.

 

  1. Empty K-Cups: These make great seed starters, and they’re perfect because they already have a hole in the bottom. Just make sure to remove the coffee and little mesh filter. Save the coffee for your garden.
  2. Empty Yogurt or Plastic Icee containers: if you eat a lot of Italian Ice (we sure do), save the containers for larger seed starters or tiny potted plants.
  3. Empty Milk jugs: cut off the part from the handle up. I also keep some on hand to use for a watering jug.
  4. Your kids’ old sand buckets (or buy new ones in bulk for less than the cost of a bunch of planters)
  5. Shampoo or body wash bottles (or even your old face lotion bottles, pretty much any container from your bathroom)
  6. Tin coffee cans
  7. Broken wheelbarrow (obvious, but I thought I’d mention it)
  8. Colanders (we grow lettuce in these, just buy them at the dollar store)
  9. Old toy trucks, preferably the vintage metal ones, but plastic will work, too.
  10. Hanging shoe racks (the fabric or plastic kind that you hang in your closet)
  11. Mason jars
  12. Boots and shoes (rain boots work best)
  13. Twinnings tea tins
  14. LEGOs
  15. Old furniture, like dressers, desks and end tables
  16. Old-style lightbulbs (the crappy ones that no one should be using anymore because they’re bad for the environment). Just take the “guts” out.
  17. Old tires
  18. Potty chairs (as you saw above)
  19. Jeans and pants
  20. Super strong hats
  21. Canvas tote bags & old purses
  22. Chipped tea cups and mugs
  23. Paint cans (empty, of course)
  24. Those wooden boxes that clementines come in
  25. PVC Pipes
  26. Baby Food Jars
  27. Old suitcases
  28. An old baby pool or tub
  29. Tool box (like the kind Handy Manny carried around, not the plain plastic kind, although I guess that would work, too)
  30. Rain gutters (but not the ones you’re actually using).

Pretty much anything can become a flower pot or a planter if it has room for a little dirt! In many cases, a little paint can turn it from trash to garden treasure. Sometimes, you don’t even need the paint! Vintage tins and colorful rain boots look adorable as is, for example.

Do you have any other favorite upcycled or DIY planter ideas? Tell me below! 

 

 

Now that spring has officially sprung, it\'s time to get those gardens going! This year, skip the expensive store-bought planters and save a load of money (while helping the environment) with these DIY and upcycled planters.

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