Garden Planters

Give items a second life by using antiques as unique garden planters and containers. Some picture ideas to get your thoughts cycling. Mostly antiques but some additional containers too.

Just Humming Along Wagon

Repurpose an old wagon into a hummingbird fiesta.  Paint the wagon a bright, vivid red coloring and add flowers that hummingbirds enjoy. Here are 10 flowers to plant.

Repurpose an old wagon into a hummingbird fiesta. Paint the wagon a bright, vivid red coloring and add flowers that hummingbirds enjoy.

Here are 10 flowers to plant.

Feeding garden stations on wheels are so it is easy to pull into the garage in cases of frost. Go ahead plant your flowers in early spring and wheel them in at night.


Recycled Tomato Cans For Pizza Herbs

Plant spices in metal tomato cans on your deck within arm's length of the door for easy and quick access to herbs.

Plant spices in metal tomato cans on your deck within arm’s length of the door for easy and quick access to herbs.


Go Big Or Go Home Wheelbarrow

Purchase the largest geraniums that you can find and mix them with trailing ivy to fill an entire wheelbarrow for a grand entrance - it is the go big or go home wheelbarrow planter.

Purchase the largest geraniums that you can find and mix them with trailing ivy to fill an entire wheelbarrow for a grand entrance – it is the go big or go home wheelbarrow planter.

Have a wheelbarrow with a hole in it? Give it a second life as an old wheelbarrow planter!

If the hole is too large, just place a piece of metal over the hole and cover the bottom with plastic. Fill with dirt and get planting.

Bold Visual Statement

If you can find a vivid tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences. Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot's color.  This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.

If you can find a vivid tea kettle with a handle they look mighty sweet hanging on garden posts, decks, and fences.

Plant flowers of the opposite side of the color wheel as the teapot’s color.  This makes a BOLD visual statement in a flower garden.


Metal Antique Tubs With Handles

Antique metal tubs with handles add visual appeal to any yard, deck, or patio. Their size is perfect for being able to plant and grow a vast amount in the tubs.

The handles make an easy way for two people to carry the containers into the garage to avoid frost, extending the growing season.

If you want to save yourself some money and not fill the tubs completely with soil – see some of the tips and tricks I’ve used over the years. 


All-Star Planter

A pair of hightop tennis shoes planted with annuals make this an all-star planter.

A pair of hightop tennis shoes planted with annuals make this an all-star planter.


Packed With Nutrition

A simple way to give your flower gardens added purpose. Grow produce among the flowers.

A simple way to give your flower gardens added purpose. Grow produce among the flowers.


Recycled Deck Log Boxes

Have an old log laying around your yard?  They make wonderful planters when you hollow them out and add little knobby pieces of old paving bricks as legs to hold them steady.

Cap off the ends with roughly cut and measured wood pieces.

Have an old log laying around your yard?  They make wonderful planters when you hollow them out and add little knobby pieces of old paving bricks as legs to hold them steady.

Cap off the ends with roughly cut and measured wood pieces.


Seated With Nature

Load up one of your garden bench seats with flowers, herbs and vegetable plants. Here is where you have the chance to plant any container and no matter what you plant or mix and match everything looks perfect.

Simple mix and match planted pots stored on a wooden bench in the yard – I can’t help but go over and check them out.

Something that wasn’t planned and just “happened” due to life getting in the way over the course of the growing season seems so natural and beautiful. Unstaged beauty!


Last Year Looks Good On You

Why is it no matter what you plant in clay pot people - it always looks fresh out of a magazine.

Why is it no matter what you plant in clay pot people – it always looks fresh out of a magazine.

See additional designs and how to make your own garden men here


Old Tins With Cacti and Succulents

Old metal spice tins make exceptional planters indoors and out.
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OMG, aren’t these the cutest! Repurpose old kitchen tins for planting succulents in. Brilliant!!.

Spilling Over

Old galvanized wash tubs are perfect for creating a sprawling floral arrangement in flower gardens and yards.

Old galvanized washtubs are perfect for creating a sprawling floral arrangement in flower gardens and yards.


Growing Out of a Garden Soil Bag

Another way to grow garden produce in your flower gardens.  Easy, Simple, No prep work.

Another way to grow garden produce in your flower gardens. Easy, Simple, No prep work.

Oh, Husband, I Need Your Jeans

When your husband's work jeans have seen better days – give them a new use for a season.

When your husband’s work jeans have seen better days – give them a new use for a season.

Stuff the legs of the jeans with plastic grocery bags.

Stick plant containers into the waistband (two are shown)

Yep, That’s It

Couldn’t get any easier…but it is so stinkin’ cute. Be prepared for plenty of compliments.


Strawberries In A Barrel

Give an old whisky barrel new purpose with this strawberry whisky barrel planter.  The strawberry plants will have plenty of room to grow and fill the container.


Everything Including the Bathroom Tub

Everything, included the bathroom tub. Bright colors in the middle of the yard or outside a storefront window - each have their own little magic.

Everything, included the bathroom tub. Bright colors in the middle of the yard or outside a storefront window – each have their own little magic.


Just Trucking Along

Planting season is just trucking along.  Plastic dump trucks add another splash of color to a concrete patio.

Planting season is just trucking along.  Plastic dump trucks add another splash of color to a concrete patio.


All It’s Crocked Up to Be

One of my favorite planters of all. The old-style crocks. I have one crock planted with red geraniums every year on the cement pad leading to our garage.

One of my favorite planters of all. The old-style crocks. I have one crock planted with red geraniums every year on the cement pad leading to our garage.


Oversized Funnel

The bold red pansies against the oversized, galvanized Metal farm funnel look terrific.  

Bury the funnel halfway in the dirt and plant your garden flowers. Simple, easy, and elegant.

The bold red pansies against the oversized, galvanized Metal farm funnel look terrific.  

Bury the funnel halfway in the dirt and plant your garden flowers. Simple, easy, and elegant.


A Way To Make A Splash

Cast iron tubs are just way too cute. Wishing I could locate one inside my flower bed.

Cast iron tubs are just way too cute. Wishing I could locate one inside my flower bed.


One Lone Tea Kettle

One lone tea kettle sitting on a window sill makes such a bold and inviting statement.

One lone tea kettle sitting on a window sill makes such a bold and inviting statement.


Plastic Doesn’t Have To Look Cheap

Sometimes dollar-type stores yield plastic containers in bold, complementary colors that make something inexpensive, look like a million bucks.

Sometimes dollar-type stores yield plastic containers in bold, complementary colors that make something inexpensive, look like a million bucks.


Metal, Metal Hanging On a Wall

Metal, Metal Hanging On a Wall - When you are short on space but want to grow plenty of fresh herbs.  Look for containers that hang. Lips of houses, decks and fences will provide you with additionally needed space.

When you are short on space but want to grow plenty of fresh herbs, look for containers that hang.

Lips of houses, decks and fences will provide you with additionally needed space.


Hole in One Planter

Hole in one planter - Drill a hole in the middle of an old wooden chair to hold a flower pot. The chairs add visual appeal to porches and decks.

Drill a hole in the middle of an old wooden chair to hold a flower pot. The chairs add visual appeal to porches and decks.


When You Find a Kegger in Wisconsin, YOU PLANT IT!

When You Find a Kegger, You Plant in it! - Sure, you could get a small monetary deposit back - but found, is found. Besides, who else has one planted?

When You Find a Kegger, You Plant in it! – Sure, you could get a small monetary deposit back – but found, is found. Besides, who else has one planted?


Old Birdcage Garden Planter

This birdcage is amazing.  Plant your over-wintered geraniums in early spring and by midsummer, the entire birdcage is flowing with greens and flowers.

This birdcage is amazing.  Plant your over-wintered geraniums in early spring and by midsummer, the entire birdcage is flowing with greens and flowers.


Wash Day?

Wash day?  Nah, it's planting day. 

Planted with yellow daisies, trailing vines, coleus, and brightly colored pansies.  This space has light shade and all the plants are tolerant of shade. 

If you plant coleus, remember they make excellent and hearty houseplants if you need to take them in for winter.

Wash day?  Nah, it’s planting day.

Planted with yellow daisies, trailing vines, coleus, and brightly colored pansies.  This space has light shade and all the plants are tolerant of shade.

If you plant coleus, remember they make excellent and hearty houseplants if you need to take them in for winter. 


Ms. Happy

With beautiful, quick-growing locks of green - Ms. Happy has every reason to be smiling.

With beautiful, quick-growing locks of green – Ms. Happy has every reason to be smiling.


Recycled Hanging Herb Basket

A useful way to reuse an old fruit basket. Make an outdoor recycled hanging herb basket. You can plant a variety of herbs within the baskets on your patio. Stepping out to collect fresh herbs to add to your dishes.


Garden Bicycle Planter

Garden bicycle planter with planted with an assortment of flowers on an old bike, Paint a wooden sign, and wire it to the frame of the bike for visual interest.

Garden bicycle planter with planted with an assortment of flowers on an old bike, Paint a wooden sign, and wire it to the frame of the bike for visual interest.


Take Some Thyme To Dilly Dally In The Garden

Take some time to dilly dally in the garden -All my herbs planted in one small space.

All my herbs planted in a small portable container. Make cute signs for your planters by painting extra large craft sticks and 1 paint stick in an assortment of bright colors. 

Attach large craft sticks to paint stick with Waterproof Sticky Ass Glue .  Add a cute saying and spray design with Thompsons Water Seal Multi-Surface Waterproofer clear spray.


Marigolds In Tea Pot

Ordinary marigolds make a bold statement when paired up with an old tea kettle.


Flower Pot Chair

Simplicity.  Bold, bright and blue painted flower pot chair paired with striking white and pink geraniums annuals in the very pot they were purchased in.  Simple way to add character to a plain porch.

Simplicity.  Bold, bright and blue painted flower pot chair paired with striking white and pink geraniums annuals in the very pot they were purchased in.  Simple way to add character to a plain porch.


Cinder Block Garden Wall

Need to block off an area?  Still would like to have useable space?  A cinder block garden wall could be your solution.


Hen and Chick Boot Planter

Looking for a way to spruce up your entryway and welcome guests? Want to add some interest to an outdoor patio table? This hen and chick boot planter is the way to go.

Fill the boots with a little gravel on the bottom and potting soil.

You do not need to fill your boot completely, remember the mother "hen" plant will take care of adding more "chicks" throughout the growing season

Looking for a way to spruce up your entryway and welcome guests? Want to add some interest to an outdoor patio table? This hen and chick boot planter is the way to go.

Fill the boots with a little gravel on the bottom and potting soil.

You do not need to fill your boot completely, remember the mother “hen” plant will take care of adding more “chicks” throughout the growing season.

See Varieties of Hen and Chick Plants on Amazon.com


The Old Can Be New Again

The best planter ideas come from something someone else is getting rid of.  Seriously.

The next time someone asks you if you want something they are getting rid of, ask yourself; would it make a creative planter?

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