29 Insanely Creative DIY Planter Ideas from Household Items

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See these 29 insanely creative planter ideas that you can make from household items with their DIY tutorials.

Your home and garden are the places where you can be you and creative. Insanely creative. You can add a whim there by doing something unique, by following one of these ideas.

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Insanely Creative Planter Ideas from Household Items

1. Chandelier Planter

Chandelier PlanterHave an old chandelier? Don’t throw it away. Repurpose it to make a beautiful planter and grow trailing plants in it. See a tutorial on DIY showoff.

2. Dresser Planter

Dresser Planter

If you have an old dresser make use of it. Grow plants in it. It’s a pretty cool idea. You can see a step by step tutorial on Eclecticallyvintage.com

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3. Birdcage Planter


Adding a birdcage planter to your garden is a great idea. You can even grow vines in it. Hang it in the front of the house or on your balcony, it will look attractive.

Also Read: How to Make a Birdcage Planter

4. Wheelbarrow Planter

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The best thing about a wheelbarrow planter is that it is movable. You can move it when the weather is not favorable or to provide more light to your plants.

5. Colander Planter


Fab idea. Use a colander to make a cool looking hanging planter out of it. You don’t need to make holes as there are so many in it already. Read this tutorial to learn how to make it.

6. Tree Stump Planter

tree stump planter

The best way to use a tree stump is to make a tree stump planter. Check out more tree stump planter ideas.

Also Read: 10 Tree Stump Ideas

7. Tire Planter

tire planter

This one is old but a neat idea. If you have some old tires paint them and grow plants. See what’s else you can do with tires here.

8. Chair Planter

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Make a chair planter out of an old or unused chair in your home. Wooden chairs are more suitable for this.

9. Mosaic Planter


A mosaic planter that is made of tiles. It’s simple, break the tiles with a hammer and glue its pieces on pot. You can read complete tutorial on hobbycraft.

10. Shoe Organizer Planter

shoe organizer planter

A great space saving idea. Arrange a shoe organizer and grow plants in it. It will utilize your vertical space. A complete tutorial is found on Instructables.

11. Toy Truck Planter


A toy truck or car planter is a whimsical idea to follow. You can grow succulents in it. It can be a good showpiece in a small garden or living room.

12. Self Watering Milk Jug Planter

milk jug planter

Make a self-watering planter from milk jugs. You can check out the tutorial here.

13. Hanging tire planter

hanging tire planter

Hanging tire planter is the great way to utilize vertical space and upcycle old tires. Find out how to make it in this tutorial.

14. Twining Tea Tin Planters

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If you have old tea tin caddies and cans, make use of them to grow plants. Herbs and specifically the succulents are suitable for such planters.

15. Plastic Bottle Planter

Image Credit: ContainerGardening.wordpress.com by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem
Image Credit: ContainerGardening.wordpress.com by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem

Plastic bottles that are safe to grow edibles are a great way to grow plants. You don’t need to spend a dime on them, they are cheap.

Also Read: Vertical Gardening Ideas with Plastic Bottles

16. Paint Can Planterplanter from common objects 13

Those paint cans and tin cans you often throw away, use them to show your creativity. Grow plants in them, beautiful annual flowers or succulents, whatever you like.

17. Shoe Planter

Boot planters

If you love to do something unique make a shoe planter. Find out old and unused shoes and drill some holes in their soles for drainage and plant low-maintenance plants in them.

18. Purse Planter

purse planter

Bags and purses that are no longer usable can become beautiful soil holders. Most of them have perforations so you don’t need to make holes, just fill in some dirt and plant a few colorful annuals and they are ready.

19. Light Bulb Planter

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This is a great way to upcycle old light bulbs and to give your kids a visual lesson on how the plants grow. Slightly difficult but you can learn how to make it.

20. Bicycle Planter

Bicycle Planter

Paint an old bicycle according to the style of your garden or leave it rusty and place potted plants on it– it will become a great focal point of your garden.

21. River stone planter

river stone planter

Make these beautiful river stone planters for your garden. These planters are super easy and fun to create. You can find the tutorial here.

22. Basketball Planter

Basketball planter

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Add a sporty touch to your garden. If you have an old basketball or football. Cut it from the top and fill it with soil. If there is a bladder in the football, remove it. Also, don’t forget to make a few tiny holes in the bottom for drainage.

23. Toilet Planter


Bizarre idea, don’t throw away that old toilet. Do something outlandish and make a planter from it. A tutorial is here.

24. Necktie Planter

diy tie planterA touch of uniqueness and everything is possible. Use neckties to grow plants. You can grow succulents in them and hang them in your room. Learn how to make this DIY planter here.

E-Waste Planter Ideas

25. Alarm Clock Planter

Alarm clock planter

There’s no limit to what you can do when thinking about new planters to make. Consider creating one-of-a-kind repurposed planters like this alarm clock planter idea above. Learn how to make this here.

26. Vintage radio planter

Vintage Redio Planter

No, our author is not a maniac. You can certainly make a DIY planter from an old vintage radio. Autostraddle.com has a step by step article on this.

27. Floppy Disk Planter

Floppy Disk Planter

You can get the floppy disks for free from anywhere or buy. Use them to make creative planters for your home and garden. Complete step by step guide is available on Brit.Co.

28. Keyboard Planter

Keyboard Planter

Got an old keyboard? Make this eccentric planter.

29. CRT Monitor Planter

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Are you a techie? Why not show your expertise in growing plants in fossil CRT monitors. A tutorial is available on the Instructables.

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  1. Oh wow, I’m in LOVE with these ideas! Some definitely made me chuckle, but some of these are genius.

    I’m certain my kids will love making toy car planters, especially with succulents. They’ll love the toilet planters, but I don’t think my husband will be so on board haha!

    Thank you for sharing these ideas and making my day :)

  2. A neat edge will keep your garden looking tidy. Moulded plastic edging, hidden in the earth keeps grass and weeds away from your beds and brick or stone edging help to frame your lawn – it s available at all good DIY stores and garden centres. Your friends will wonder how you did it!


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