8 Items Around The House That Can Be Used As Quirky Planters

Need some places to put down (literal) roots? Here are a few you probably already have.

June 12, 2015
Colander container garden
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PHOTOGRAPH BY TINA BUTLER

 

Colander

Tina Butler at Mommy's Kitchen has great plans for making a planter out of a colander. The great part? It's already perfectly punctured for drainage, and makes a great-looking hanging planter. 

Rain Boot Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROSINA HUBER

 

Rain Boots

Wore a hole in your favorite, most fun-patterned Wellies? No mourning yet: blogger Rosina Huber shows you how to make lovely, rain-proof flower homes. 

Coffee Mug Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH BY KATHY CANO-MURILLO

 

Coffee Mug

Kathy Cano-Murillo, AKA the Crafty Chica shares this project for making manageably sized planters for any windowsill. And as a bonus, they look great in your kitchen. Plant just one or a coordinating set!

Light Bulb Terrarium
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PHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS MACDONALD

 

Light Bulb

Our senior associate editor Doug Hall wrote about this just recently! It's the cutest little terrarium you’ll ever see.  

Muffin Tin Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH BY ANN-MARIE ESPINOZA

 

Muffin Tin

Got an old muffin tin you no longer need? Try this fat-free project by upcycling your bakeware into a six-pack of tiny succulent planters, from blogger Ann-Marie Espinoza at Ann-Marie Loves.

Watering Can Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH BY MELISSA J. WILL

 

Watering Can

If you’re reading about planters, it’s safe to say you own one of these. And since it’s already at home in your garden, blooms poking out will look charmingly meta. Check out Melissa J. Will's site Empress Of Dirt for the how-to. 

Tool Box Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY KEEPINGWITHTHETIMES.COM

 

Toolbox

Metal, wooden, new-ish, or long-abandoned: They all make an unexpected but pleasantly roomy spot for several rows of blooms. Keeping With The Times blog has more. 

Soda Bottle Planter
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PHOTOGRAPH BY AMA RYLLIS

 

Plastic Bottle

Can you believe this gorgeous planter is made out of a plastic bottle? And what's more, it's self-watering! Ama Ryllis at Oh Oh Blog has the instructions.

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