24 Clever Repurposed Garden Containers
Each of these creative garden containers once had a completely different purpose.
Rain Gutter Window Box
Have an extra section of gutter laying around? Drill some drainage holes along the bottom and mount it to a fence or exterior wall for an instant window box!
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Cardboard Box Containers
These days, the cost of container gardening can really add up. Save money and spend it on plants instead by using cardboard boxes as the containers. Treat them the way you’d treat conventional containers: Fill with soil, make sure you have proper drainage and don’t forget to water. But do they hold up all season? .
Next, check out 12 common household items you can upcycle into garden seed starters.
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Cloth Shoe Caddy Herb Garden
While this storage item may be perfect for storing shoes, it’s also amazingly useful for planting herbs. Next, check out 80 more items that are fantastically fit for repurposing.
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Farmhouse Sink for the Garden
Salvage yards are a great place to find old home items that can be repurposed into garden fixtures. This vintage farmhouse sink, for example, may be past its prime in a kitchen, but it makes a charming container for prepping and maintaining your potted plants.
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Wagon to Mobile Planter
Add a little DIY flair to an old wagon by building a big wooden planter on top of the wheels. Then you can tote your colorful arrangement anywhere in your yard. Check out more DIY planter boxes we love.
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Antique Chamber Pot Pot
This vintage chamber pot is pretty enough for houseplants!
Flower Bed Frame
Have your kids outgrown their old bed? Save the metal headboard and footboard for your garden to create a true flower bed.
Don’t know how to arrange your flower bed? Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Umbrella Door Decor
Fill a closed umbrella with cut or silk flowers and hang it on your front door for an instant (and creative!) pop of color.
Old Tire Hanging Planter
Recycle old tires yourself by turning them into clever hanging planters. Drill a hole for drainage, paint it a bright color and fill it with your favorite flowers. See even more amazing things you can do with an old tire.
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Breathe new life into those old woven baskets that’ve been sitting in storage for years. Create an arrangement of succulents for indoors or out. Did you know you can also transform an old log into a succulent planter? Here’s how.
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Whiskey Barrel Fairy Garden
You can turn just about any ol’ outdoor container into an adorable fairy garden. Just add some small plants and fairy garden supplies to create an enchanting focal point in your yard.
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Old Brick Raised Garden Bed
Brick is one of the easiest, most durable building materials to work with. You can build a simple raised garden bed out of a pile of old bricks, and it’s sure to look great and last a long time.
Don’t have a pile of bricks laying around? You can also build sturdy raised planter beds out of wood and corrugated metal panels.
Metal Antiques for Climbing Plants
This old metal bench was given new life in the garden. The seat provides a perfect spot for a potted plant, and the tall back doubles as a trellis for climbing plants.
Washtubs and Watering Cans
Add a rustic touch to your patio by using old washtubs as planters. Metal watering cans will do the trick, too.
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Wheelbarrow Flower Bed
If you’ve upgraded your wheelbarrow and no long have a need for your old one, push it on over to your garden and fill it with flowers. You’ll get an instant flower bed that you can move around your yard as you please.
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Plant Stand of Dishes
Transform an old set of dishes into a plant stand. Or use it as a bird feeder.
Stock Tank Planter
You can plant an entire vegetable garden or flower bed in a stock tank. Since they’re made for the outdoors, this large planter will last for many, many seasons.
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Catch the eye of passersby by incorporating a vintage bicycle into your garden design. Attach a couple of baskets spilling over with flowers and you’ll have a showstopper. Don’t let your flower beds get overrun with weeds. Learn how to prevent weeds in flower beds.