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10 everyday items you can upcycle and use as a planter

1. Birdcage

A birdcage will make a highly unique centerpiece planter for your garden, and it’s perfect for growing vines in. It’ll become an instant talking point.

2. Wheelbarrow

As well as being a sizable vessel in which to grow plants or vegetables, the added bonus of a wheelbarrow is that it can be moved. Chase the sunlight to get the best out of your crops!

3. Colander

Colanders are almost ready-made hanging planters. With holes already in place for drainage, all you need is a length of chain and a hook and you’re all set!

4. Lightbulb

A somewhat tricky DIY project, but the results are...dazzling! If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind planter that’ll add character to your garden or summer house, a repurposed light bulb is worth the effort.

5. Wooden crates

Making a planter from a wooden crate is outrageously simple. Due to the many different sizes and dimensions of crates available, they’re also very versatile. Inject some rusting charm into your garden with this humble wooden container.

6. Pallet

If space is at a premium in your garden, why not get your hands on an unwanted wooden pallet and flip it on its side? This vertical planter will offer you plenty of room to grow all manner of plant life and create a stylish natural aesthetic. 

7. Paint cans

As straightforward a recycling project as you’ll ever encounter. Find a paint can, decorate it, drill some holes for drainage and—hey presto—a nifty, ready-to-use planter. You can even keep the paint can’s handle if you wish to hang your new planter.

8. Rubber boots

A delightfully original idea for a planter is to make use of your unwanted welly boots. Feel free to paint or decorate however you see fit—then attach your old boot to a fence post or simply place it on the ground. A durable, waterproof, whimsical little planter.

9. Old tea tin

A quintessentially British idea for a planter. For that extra dose of retro charm, see if you can get your hands on a vintage tea tin. You can usually pick one up from a charity shop for next to nothing. They come in a range of sizes, so there are plenty of growing options available to you.

10. Bricks

If you’re looking for a durable planter that will fit naturally into your garden space, a good old fashioned brick could be the answer. The trickiest part of the task is drilling a hole for your plants. It’ll require patience and a steady hand! But the results speak for themselves.

Posted on July 2nd 2021

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