15 Creative Ideas for Plant Containers (Simple DIY Outdoor Planters)


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Looking to add some unique DIY outdoor planters to your yard? Check out these creative ideas for plant containers.

creative ideas for plant containers

Spring is upon us. And with that comes gardening season. Gardening is such a great activity both mentally and physically. It is also a great time to get your DIY on by making some simple DIY outdoor planters.

You can easily make your own outdoor planters with these 15 creative ideas for plant containers. And the best part is you probably have a lot of the materials on hand.

DIY Outdoor Planters

Blue colander hanging planter.

DIY Hanging Colander Planter on Hello Nature

Ever wondered how to make recycled DIY planters? This is the project for you! We made this as a super simple Mother’s Day gift using a colander and a chain hanging kit filled with flowers from our local greenhouse.

Stacked terracotta pots with fresh herbs.

DIY Vertical Planter on Grace and Good Eats

This cheap container gardening idea uses some inexpensive terracotta pots stacked on top of each other to grow versatile herbs for your kitchen. You could even bring this inside for year round herbs.

Old denim wrapped tin can planters.

Upcycled Denim Tin Can Planter on Pillar Box Blue

Looking to make an upcycled garden project from junk? Grab an old pair of jeans and wrap a piece around an old can to make a stylish planter for your deck or porch.

Tall planter with mud cloth pattern.

DIY Mudcloth Planter by Shrimp Salad Circus

This is a super creative idea for plant containers. You can spruce up any size old planter with this unique mud cloth pattern.

Succulent planter made with old cassette tapes.

Recycled Cassette Tape Succulent Planter on Creative Green Living

This is another awesome upcycled garden project from junk. You can find old cassettes at home, garage sales, and most thrift stores. Using upcycled cassettes, you can make an awesome DIY planter for succulents.

Plastic trough planter painted in copper patina.

Faux Copper Patina Planter on Jennifer Maker

Let’s be honest. Copper is expensive. But this cheap container gardening idea has got you covered. Using a plastic planter you can mimic the classic copper patina look at a fraction of the price.

Concrete block planter with painted with stencils.

DIY Stenciled Concrete Planters on Salt in My Coffee

Concrete blocks are super cheap at most hardware stores. Or you may even have some already. Elevate their look with these amazing concrete DIY planters.

Tin can planters in front of upcycled painted window.

Upcycled Window Herb Planter on Pillar Box Blue

One of my favorite places to shop is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It is a great place to find gently used building materials and support a great cause. This upcycled garden project from junk uses old windows and cans to create a stunning look for your garden.

Nail polish painted terracotta pot planters.

DIY Nail Polish Marbled Planters on Hello Glow

These DIY mini planters are a great way to add appeal to your garden with some terracotta pots and old nail polish.

Triple stacked hanging recycled gutter planter.

DIY Hanging Rain Gutter Planters on Make It & Love It

We had one of our gutters come down during a storm this winter and I just recycled it. I wish I would have kept it to make this rain gutter recycled DIY planter.

DIY large planter box.

Upcycled Pallet Planter Box on Her Tool Belt

If you’re looking for DIY large planter boxes, this is a project for you. This is definitely a cheap garden container idea because it uses wood form an old pallet.

If you’re looking for free or cheap pallets, there are a ton of options available. Local hardware or grocery stores tend to sell or give away old pallets. Just ask the manager!

Paint splatter terracotta pot planter.

DIY Splatter Paint Planter on Grace and Good Eats

I love this unique garden container idea because it is so simple. It reminds me of making a drip cake but with paint and a terracotta pot instead.

Moroccan stenciled pallet planter.

Moroccan Style Painted Pallet Planter on Pillar Box Blue

This is a fun recycled art project. There are so many uses for old pallets. I love all the different patterns available with this Moroccan Tile Stencil. Don’t forget the terracotta pots.

Sisal rope wrapped 5 gallon bucket planter.

5 Gallon Bucket Planter on Tag and Tibby

Confession time. I have about 50 old 5 gallon buckets on hand from our Gnarly Whale work. I now have a really awesome use for them. All you need is some Sisal Rope and a bucket. This is definitely a cheap container gardening idea.

Colorful tin can planters in a recycled pallet box.

Colorful Tin Can Planters on Pillar Box Blue

Yet another creative idea for plant containers. This DIY project uses old tin cans and a pallet.

I hope you found these creative ideas for plant containers inspiring. What are your favorite unique container gardening ideas?

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