Top 44 Cool DIY Planters You Can Make From Scratch Or Recycled Materials

Flowers have always been a part of our live, whether we just like to receive them or having them in our homes. What do you do when your plant needs more space to grow or simply what do you do when normal planters aren’t enough for your specific needs? My suggestion would be to make your own planters or why not recycle some other planter you may have and use them. If you think that making your own planter is rocket science you can’t be more wrong.

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Let’s take a look at time interesting planters and projects, and then we’ll comment about what we liked and what not.

Cheap planters you can make from scratch

1.Yogurt Containers: Easy DIY Planters.

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Is we are at the DIY category we should say from the start that this is about making things cheap but original, to suit our needs and practice our skills a little bit. This project involves making small planters from yogurt containers. This is probably the easiest project ever, because involves a simple plastic food container which is thrown away as soon as is empty. To make it look special, spray paint it or apply models on it and let it dry, then simply plant your herbs. When I was a kid, my mom and I made lots of planters like this one.{found on ivillage}.

2.DIY book planters.

This project simply amazed me when I first looked it. The idea is very original and I must confess that I would never thought of such a thing. These homemade book planters look wonderful and if you want to make some of your own this is what you’ll have to do. Find some old books and cut a hole in which you will later fit a plastic sheet to prevent any water and dirt to deteriorate the rest of the book. After that , take out the plants from their original planter and place them into the book. Trim the extra plastic and clean the newly created planter.  This is the perfect artistic extension: taking something beautiful and turning it into something else beautiful.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

3.Planter from a wooden crate.

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Making a planter from a wooden crate is both simple and very good looking and of course original. Due to their generous size these planters can manage a lot more than a simple plant. You can use them to transform your patio in a salad garden or to plant some fresh herbs or spices for your cooking. Nature takes care of most of the hard work so the only things you’ll need to do is to fill the planters with some fertile soil, make sure that the water can drain and then when the plants will grow you can be proud if your work as well as having a fresh spot of vegetation on your balcony or patio.{found on diggingfood}.

4.DIY Modern cement planters.

Wow, cement planters are so cool and very original with a fresh handmade feel.  These can be made by anyone and the result is simple, stylish and downright lovable. The mixture is one part cement and four parts sand. To give them the right shape you can look for old food containers with unusual forms, after filling the content of a larger bowl with the cement mix, place a smaller pot, an ice cream cup would be perfect, flip it and let is try for a couple of days. After that drill some holes for drainage, sand the edges smooth and plant a succulent.{from sofie}.

5.Another cement planters.

Since we’ve mentioned cement planters earlier I propose to see another cool project with basically the same ingredients. This though has a slightly different technique, using straws for the planter’s drainage holes and some colored cement powder. The result is a little more modern with a refined feel. Still, the decorative impact is the same and can be used anywhere to animate a dull space. I particularly like how the planter and the plant gives a very chic splash of color in a white tilled bathroom, like in this picture.{found on centsationalgirl}.

6.Pram planter.

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Wow, this is unique indeed. A pram planter? Who would’ve thought?  The uniqueness of this planter is given by the diversity of the two elements combined and how unrelated they are. A pram is meant to transport babies not to hold plant in it. Anyway, this is a success, because of the pram’s vintage feel and the green shades of paint that make the transition to the actual plants, not to forget that this thing has wheels and can be transported around the house where it can become part of the setting.{found on flickr}.

7.Recycled upside down planters.

Can planters can be a very cool and cheap idea to decorate your house, but upside down can planters? I personally never imagined plants growing upside down but today I found not only that this is possible but looks pretty good as well. To do a project on your own the perfect candidate would be a coffee can with a plastic lid. After drilling the drainage holes flip the can and fill it with some soil and add your plant.

The tricky part comes now: to prevent the soil from spilling, therefore the plant, trace the bottom of the can on a coffee filter or landscape fabric and cut out the circle, which should be the diameter of your plant’s main stem. Also cut a hole in the plastic lid, put it on and flip the planter. Now, you have a cool recycled upside down planter to decorate your home.{found on designsponge}.

8.Mason jar planter.

Inspired by the Spice Rack these planters placement assure a very interesting decorative element as well as utility. In these jar planters you won’t find any flowers, but fresh spices and herbs for a natural cooking. Clear your kitchen counter and keep your herbs, fresh in the air.What a great idea, I must put it into practice someday.{found on housewife}.

9.Pallet garden.

If you have a small space on your terrace and you’re almost out of space to put pots, it’s time to think vertically. This unusual planter focuses on growing the plants density on your terrace without taking a lot of space. With a simple pallet found near a dumpster or behind a local store you can do it yourself. Prepare the pallet by repairing it and add some landscape fabric to the back. The plants should be special cascading plants so the entire ensemble would definitely look good and healthy. This is a perfect way to enjoy spring on a balcony.{found on lifeonbalcony}.

10.Coffee bag planter pots.

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If you are not a big fan of the traditional planters you can try to make your own. For this you will need ideas. A very interesting one suggests that you do a coffee bag planter. It does the same job but it looks completely different. Coffee bag pots are fantastic for many reasons. They are made from recycled materials, weather resistant but biodegradable as well. Probably the best feature, though, is that you can make them yourself in less than half an hour.  The result looks extraordinary in any corner, giving your décor a natural feel as well as an original touch.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

11.Paint planters.

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If you have artistic skills you can choose to make your own planters with very beautiful graphics on them. Old paint cans are most handy when it comes to planters and you can use their smooth side either to paint something as like in this case you can glue some vivid colored fabric.{found on designsponge}.

12.Chalkboard pain pots.

If you don’t really want to change your old ceramic planters and still you need to change something about them, this is going to be just the thing for you. With some chalkboard paint and some crazy templates you can revive your old planters. On the new surface created you can simply write the plant’s name, or have some fun with funny drawings.{found on designsponge}.

13.DIY water trough planter.

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A water trough planter hasn’t been attempted before. Probably because these items are considerably more expensive than a normal planter of roughly the same size and because these things were designed to hold water, therefore, to make a planter you would have to puncture holes in them.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

14.Brick succulent planters.

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Another thing that I thought it was never possible is represented by these brick planters. These natural and durable building materials provide a very cool contrast to elegant succulent plants. Used bricks work even better because they have a bit of personality and history behind them, and not to forget the costs (if they are used, they are probably thrown away, so they are free) . The tricky part is to drill the holes, it not very difficult but you’ll have to be very patient, because any shock could shatter the brick. The candle holder is optional, you can choose to do it, but it will only score points at style.{found on readymade}.

15.DIY Chevron-Patterned Reclaimed Wood Planter Box.

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The idea of using an old wooden box as a planter is not new, but it continues to amaze every single time. This particular wooden box planter houses an avocado tree. The interesting fact about this planter is that the planter’s sides are made from reclaimed wood in a very playful chevron pattern. This delightful planter is a very good candidate for a garden project, now with the spring at its best.  You should get started!{found on zelophotoblog}.

16.DIY drip planters.

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DIY drip planters are a very good idea if you are a free spirit who loves color. Spilling paint when painting your walls is bad, but spilling paint intentionally over some traditional planters is actually a very cool idea. I don’t know how this idea was born but the result is fantastic. The colored recipients  have a certain filthy look and that is why a certain period of time comes to my mind, when things were done careless, because people were busy making love instead of  war, if you catch my drift.{found on ikea}.

17.Make Your Own DIY Floppy Disk Planters.

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For the computer fans here’s a unique way to make a planter. For those who are old enough to know what a floppy disk is, this can be indeed a very cool idea. These kind of storing information hasn’t been used in a long time, so if you have them, they are most probably useless. {found on instructables}.

18.Recycled Paint Can Planters.

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Recycling is important nowadays not because is a trend and everyone  doing it is cool but because our planet has less and less resources and it is  our job to be sure that our grandkids will see this planet as we see it now. Old paint cans are very often used as planters for various reasons.{found on Centsational}.

19.Springy Painted Mason Jar Planters.

Mason jars are great. People have been using them for a very wide range of things. Among them, you can find Mason jar planters in various shapes and as we can see here, colors. These jars are very resistant; therefore they don’t have a problem holding some dirt and a small plant. Due to their volume only small and medium plants can be putted because their roots don’t need too much space. To spice a little bit their appearance you can spray paint them in any color you like, and if you use more of these jars you can make very nice decorative color combinations.{found on csi}.

20.Tea cup succulent garden.

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Tea cup planters are a first for me.  I haven’t heard so far about people putting plants in tea cups. Maybe because they are relatively small and can hold a small amount of gravel, but when I saw these planters I have changed my mind. Tea cups are in general very good looking and depending on the brand details and graphics can play a very important role in the design. If you want to have small plants that will fit perfectly on your window sill this can actually be a very good idea. The cup design along with some decorative gravel and the natural colors of the plant can really change the face of your dull window sills.{found on epherielldesigns}.

21.Diy shower curtain planter.

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Speaking of crazy ideas for making planters; in these pictures you can see how a shower curtain planter looks like. Yes, you’ve heard me, shower curtain planters. The idea is pretty simple, it’s just like making a bag but instead of taking the fabric pieces then sew them together you will use the waterproof material for a shower curtain and glue everything in place according to you desired sizes.  The material is very strong and should hold a fair amount of dirt along with your desired plant. If you are lucky enough to have around your household a bright colored shower curtain or one with an intricate pattern your planters will definitely rock.{found on readymade}.

22.Bright DIY Planters.

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We talked a lot lately about unusual planter and original designs, but traditional planters are still charming and many of us prefer those instead of paint cans or plastic food recipients. Traditional doesn’t really mean old, by the contrary; this thing means that the quality standards have remained unchanged for a long period of time. To add a modern touch to those wonderful ceramic planters you can use some acrylic paints and just draw some lines or color the margins with some bright, vivid colors.  This will definitely make your windowsill more playful.{found on onmyhonoriwilltry}.

23.Outdoor wood planters on casters.

I don’t know how many of you have a courtyard or big terraces, but those of you who are lucky to have such outdoor spaces here’s an idea for you. Why not make good old wood planters? You can choose the desired dimension, making sure that you have plenty of space to add as many plants as you like, as well as making combinations of plants, colors and arrangements. {found on 221vision}.

24.DIY Outdoor Hanging Planter Of A Tyre.

I remember seeing this kind of planter on a scrap yard a few years ago. That was probably an accident, because there were tires all over the place and somehow some plants grew in a couple of them, but to see this as an intentionally thing, it is something. You probably saw planters made out of tires but stacked one on each other, like a small dumpster, painted in white and red from which a big bushy flower appeared.{found on alternativeapparel}.

25.Tiered outdoor planters.

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Another cool idea to diversify your planter’s arrangement or to make new floral arrangements using traditional ceramic planters is this one. Take a look at how wonderful those three planters look stacked like that. To make a similar arrangement on your own all you have to do is take one large, one medium and one small pots and nestle them within one another in a way to create a planter that is as impressive as it is cost-effective. If you really want it to look amazing, paint the planters in different bright colors so it would pop put wonderfully on your terrace.{found on Positively Splendid}.

26. Tree stump planters.

I like how nature gives us ideas how not to lose everything but to transform it. This is the case of those wonderful stump tree planters.  These are pretty high, and not particularly on my taste. If the logs would have 10 inches or so in height and a darker color would be perfect, but these one work as well. This type of planter works great with some climbing plants, and it they are  placed somewhere under a fence or under  a nice traditional façade  the effect would be tremendous good looking.{found on thecraftytulip}.

27.Planters made from old tyres.

Wow, this is truly amazing. We’ve seen before planters made out from tires but not like these ones. The wonderful design is possible thanks to  the individual pattern of the tires. As you can imagine bits of old tires were recycled and reused to make very cool and unique planters. I love the technique and how well they managed to expose  the tire’s original form and still transform it in a very cool design feature. Different tire sizes , different size planters.

These objects are extremely durable and flexible so dropping them shouldn’t be a problem, not the mention that the incredible curvature of the tire gives a nice shape to the planter. For the bigger and heavy planters, handles from the same materials can be attached as well, making them easier to transport or move around.{found on UBeauty pots and plants}.

28.Rain boots garden.

Cool ideas can never stop pouring on profile sites, because people are different and see things differently. Now, we talked about planters for the few past minutes and still haven’t run out of ideas how to make an original planter. These pares of rubber boots make wonderful planters. Hanged by the fence, these colored boots look great filled with dirt and spring flowers on top. It’s all about imagination.{found on rosinahuber}.

29.DIY Shadow Boxes On A Fence.

More suited for  small urban gardens are flower arrangements that focuses on verticality, because space is scarcely among skyscrapers. These shadow boxes can be easily made from some scrap wood and hanged on the fence. Inside you can put all kinds of planters with the condition to fit the box’s height and width. Similar  to shelves these things can be as many as you like sheltering from  bad weather  your  beloved flowers.{found on sunset}.

30.Another outdoor planter made from recycled tyres.

As I was saying earlier this type of planter is very common on country settlements, where you have plenty of space around the house to play with. This exact white and red color palette I have seen along my journey through planter ideas (probably, because of the contrast). The advantage in this case is plenty of room, therefore suitable for big plants or even small trees or bushes, low costs in matter of materials.{found on Studio G }.

31. Hanging basket

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Baskets and planters share plenty in common so they can potentially be used interchangeably. It’s not surprising that a basket can be repurposed into a hanging planter. Of course, this is not just any hanging planter. It’s handmade using three embroidery hoops and it’s perfect for this purpose. You can hang this in front of a window so the plants get plenty of sunlight. Check out the tutorial on how to make the basket planter on hearthandvine.

32. Painted bottle planters

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As you may already know, plastic bottles are very versatile and can be used in a lot of creative ways. If you cut off the top section of a plastic bottle you’re left with a container which you can easily turn into a small planter. To make it look a bit nicer you can use paint in different colors to decorate the exterior of the bottle and you can make several of these mini planters which you can then hang around the house or place on shelves and tables. You can find more info on efzincreations.

33. Repurposed beer cans

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An empty can, whether it’s from bear or soda or something else, can be easily repurposed and used as a planter for things like succulents and cacti which are not particularly demanding. To make the transformation and to also be able to preserve the cans as best as possible, you’ll need to use a can opener to open up the top, a hammer and a nail. Check out this project on themerrythought for more details.

34. Candlesticks and bowls

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These planters look quite unique and they actually are. They’re made from a combination of candlesticks, bowls and various glasses which have been matched based on shape and size. You can do something similar using a few items from your own kitchen and storage. Once you have a few pairs figured out, go ahead and glue the pieces together and then apply a few layers of spray paint. Enjoy your new and one-of-a-kind planters. More details can be found on pillarboxblue.

35. Handmade clay pot

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Clay pots are a lot of fun to make and you can pretty much choose any shape or design you want. This for example is a super cute whale pot. If you want to make one just like it, roll out some blue clay and cut out an oval, then cut out the tail and press it and shape it so it stands elevated, then finally attach the body by cutting out a big strip of clay and connecting the edge to the oval. Cut off the excess and smooth out the lines, then make the little eyes and the mouth using a sharp point and a craft knife. Additional details can be found in the tutorial featured on triedandtrueblog.

36. A small planter table

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This is a really nice and stylish way of displaying a medium or large plant and elevating it a bit off the floor. It’s a sort of accent table specifically designed to accommodate a planter inside. It appears to have hairpin legs but those are actually repurposed paper towel holders. They’re attached to the bottom of the base using screws. Check out craftberrybush to find out more about this unusual project.

37. Abstract cement planters


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As you already know from the previously mentioned projects, making concrete planters is easy and very satisfying. You can shape them however you want and decorate them in lots of cute ways using paints. These designs featured on deliciousanddiy are a bit on the abstract size, showcasing a series of geometric color-blocked combinations as well as different shapes and sizes.

38. Woven planters

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As you can tell, these woven planters are quite special. They’re not just decorated with string, they’re held together by it. The way in which you make these is by starting with some plastic nursery pots and cut their sides into vertical stripes. Then you take some string or yarn, tape one end to the bottom of the pot and then start weaving as shown on hearthandvine.

39. Wooden box planter

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A cool way to conceal a less than attractive pot or of giving it more character while also helping it stand out and match the décor is by crafting a wooden box for it. The planter box can be made of reclaimed wood if you prefer a rustic look or out of clean lumber in which case it will look more modern. In any case, the design featured on sustainmycrafthabit is an easy one to follow.

40. Hanging hoop stand

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If you want something clean, simple and stylish, how about a hanging hoop planter stand? It really stands out and it can work with a variety of different types of pots and planters as long as they fit snugly into the middle circle. It looks gorgeous with hanging plants because it puts all the emphasis on them and doesn’t obstruct them in any way. Check out danslelakehouse to find out how to make one.

41. Front door sign

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This is something that can be displayed on the front door or up on a wall in the entryway or the front porch. It’s a wooden welcome sign with a cute vintage planter on it, a nice alternative to the usual wreath or other common decorations. If you want to make something like this you need a wooden board (a reclaimed pallet can also work), a planter which in this case looks like a vintage metal box, a stencil, some paint, wood stain, screws and of course something to put into the planter. More details can be found on craftsbycourtney.

42. Tea tins turned into planters

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These little tea tins are just too cute and lovely to throw away when empty so anyone in their right mind would try to find a way to repurpose them. An idea is to turn them into mini planters. It’s a fairly simple transformation and it can be done in multiple different ways. You can find a detailed tutorial on demetres in case you want to try this for yourself.

43. Driftwood centerpiece

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Using driftwood in DIY projects is always wonderful and one of the loveliest things you can make with it is a table centerpiece. You can make a few strategic holes into the wood and fill them with a bit of soil, then add some tiny succulents in there. It looks very refreshing and it’s a really great idea not just for special occasions but for your everyday home décor as well. Check out hunker for more information on this project.

44. A bench with built-in planters

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This is a double great project because as a result you get an outdoor bench which you can actually sit on and a few really nice planters as well. The idea behind this project is a very simple one and it involves cinderblocks which can be used to create a sturdy base for the seat of the bench which is a simple piece of wood going across. The cinderblocks have holes in them where you can add soil and fill with plants. More details can be found on akailochiclife.

This is it! I hope you liked the ideas presented here and most of all, as I always way, I hope that this would serve you as inspirational material for your own DIY projects.