There’s no need to spend big bucks on planters and flower pots. Look around the house or scour thrift stores and flea markets for unique vessels to hold plants, herbs and vegetables.
An old metal tool tote makes a perfect home for a succulent garden. The best part is it can be moved wherever a little pop of greenery is needed. Make sure to drill a few drainage holes in the bottom.
Not exactly upcycled, but certainly unique, these head planters are bound to elicit smiles and admiration.
This old metal box used to be home to a reciprocating saw. Now it’s a beautiful, low-maintenance display of succulents.
The tooth fairy is not going to find the pillow in this bed. The only thing she’s going to discover is shade-loving perennials, moss and a few rocks.
When your kids outgrow their toys, use them planters.
A Pot, a Teakettle and Colander Walk Into a Bar …
Actually, they walked into the potting shed and came back out as container gardens. The colander has the advantage, as it already had drainage holes.
This wheelbarrow almost looks as if it got mistakenly left out in the yard and the flowers took over and made it their home.
This old rowboat may have run aground, but it still makes waves of beautiful color.
A rusty old piece of gutter moves from the roof to the deck railing to become a planter for colorful annuals.
This pretty little duo would make a wonderful accompaniment to a dainty afternoon tea in the garden.
Carmen Miranda Arbor
The top of this arbor boasts a beautiful bonnet of color, making for a grand garden entry.
Tin Can Alley
Lightweight aluminum garbage cans add a shiny touch of industrial chic to a modern setting.
It can’t get simpler than this: Terra-cotta flower pots are turned upside down to hold wooden crates full of herbs.