Plant Fashion: 7 Glamorous Potting Ideas

Spring flowers are beautiful and show off nature's diverse color palette, but the traditional terra cotta planters they grow in? Not so much. With a little ingenuity, regular household items can be transformed into planters that are as charming as the flowers they hold! Check out these seven clever plant container ideas:
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Books. Instead of letting your books collect dust on a shelf, use old novels as a potting solution! For more ways to decorate with books in your home, read: Four Ways to Decorate with Tomes.
Tea tins. Turn empty tea tins or coffee cans into your next planter! Just be sure to create drainage holes in the tins by hammering a thin (but sharp) nail through the bottom of the tin a few times.
Watering cans. If you have a watering can that's seen better days, give it a new life by planting small flowers in the base of it. We're especially fond of this cherry blossom arrangement from Karin Lidbeck-Brent.
Toys. If your kids have plastic toys that they don't play with anymore, reuse them for a fun and colorful alternative to standard planters!
Furniture. Turn a chair into a planter for your garden. Remove the seat (or cut a hole in it), add chicken wire for a frame to hold your flowers and you're ready to plant!
Eggshells. Empty eggshells make great homes for seedlings or succulents because the calcium in the shells gives your plant an extra boost of nutrients.
Shoes. Got an old shoe with a hole or two in its sole? Sounds like a planter with pre-made drainage holes to us!

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  • BrightNest
    on May 17, 2013

    Thank you @Sia@South 47th! We're happy to have you.

  • Linda B
    on May 28, 2015

    I'm off to find some dinosaur toys I can paint aqua and turquoise and repurpose as planters. Those make me so happy!

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