Crafters We Love Upcycled Planters - Whiskey Barrel

Published on April 24th, 2017 | by Becky Striepe


9 Upcycled & DIY Planters for Your Container Garden

Whether you’re growing food, succulents, or houseplants, you need something to put those babies in. These upcycled and DIY planters come in all different shapes and sizes, so you can choose what’s best for your garden.

Whether you're growing food, succulents, or houseplants, you need something to put those babies in. These upcycled and DIY planters come in all different shapes and sizes, so you can choose what's best for your garden.

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a pot or two while you’re shopping for plants at the garden center, but those pots come with an environmental impact (not to mention a sometimes crazy price tag!). You don’t have to go that route, though! I bet there are some things around your house right now that would make perfectly functional and even cute DIY planters with just a little crafty love.

Here are some upcycled and DIY planter ideas to get you started!

1. Olive oil planter – Do you buy olive oil in those big, metal tins? Just use a can opener to cut out the top, drill some drainage holes in the bottom, and you’re ready to plant!

2. Disposable planter to reusable planter – A little bit of burlap ribbon and glue are all you need to turn  boring, disposable plastic planters into a DIY planters that are display-worthy!

3. Wood pallet planter – Life on the Balcony shows you how to turn a salvaged wood pallet into an awesome vertical garden.

Upcycled Planters - Whiskey Barrel

4. Reclaimed whiskey barrels – You can find actual used whiskey barrels at the garden center (woah!), but if you get your hands on a wooden barrel, you can just cut it in half and drill drainage holes on the bottom to instantly create two planters.

5. Recycled chevron planter – If you have some scrap wood laying around, turn it into an awesome rolling planter! Perfect for plants like Meyer lemons that don’t like extreme temperatures.

6. Soda or tin can pots – Collect some empties and turn them into planters for small things like herbs.

Shoe Garden

7. Use a shoe – Take a page from San Francisco’s Alamo Square Shoe Garden and turn a worn out pair of kicks into cute mini planters.

8. Recycled tires – Is tire dumping a problem in your area? Gather up a few and turn them into a planter!

9. Use a wine box – Next time you throw a party and get a case of wine, save that box! You can use it to make a miniature raised bed.

I bet that you guys have whipped up some cute DIY planters of your own. I’d love to hear about them!

Image Credits: Succulent and Whiskey Barrel photos by Becky Striepe; Creative Commons Shoe Garden photo by torroid

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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