Blooms add that extra something to your house to make it really feel like home sweet home. Whether you have a green thumb or are just trying to learn to make things grow, we all have to start somewhere and these DIY garden planters are a great way to catch the green-thumb bug. Let’s get you well on your way to a garden overflowing with beauty, color and the love of growing things from the soil.
Check out these DIY garden planter tutorials that we’ve picked up. There are plenty to choose from and there is something for everyone no matter your level and experience in gardening, crafting and woodworking.
Rain Boots DIY Planter
If you subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens, you have likely already ran across this idea, but you may not be sure how to execute it. While you cannot simply stick a plant inside a boot and expect it to live, if you drill a feet holes in the sole for draining, you will have a perfect place for plants to thrive… and look cute while doing it.
Hanging Boot DIY Planters
What is better than a gumboot planter? The kind that hang on your fence and show case carrots, herbs and other goodies. Simply add a little hanging hook on each to really add a homey vibe to your backyard.
Tire DIY Planters
If you have any old tires laying around your place then this project is perfect for you. Economical and whimsical, all you need is a fresh coat of paint, some pallet boards and a feed sack to really make sure that your planter works properly. First, paint the tires and allow them to dry. Then use pallet boards to hold in place a feed or flour sack. This will allow the water to drain through, assuring that your plants live for a long time to come.
Modern Concrete DIY Planters
All you need to complete this project is 4 concrete slabs and a caulking gun. Simply line up the slabs to create a planter and leave in a draining system in the bottom. You can use pallet boards to hold in a flour sack or simply drill holes into whatever you have lying around the house to promote draining. This is a great alternative to investing large amounts of money to accommodate a modern taste that can sometimes grow expensive.
Whimsical Concrete DIY Planter
For this project, all you will need is a towel, a bucket and concrete. Start by spreading the towel across a bucket, then pour in concrete. This creates a very unusual, floppy-like shape that will have everyone asking where you got that unusual planter from. For brownie points tell them you made it. To look like you simply know where to find funky pieces, simply say that you picked it up at a local art gallery.
Chevron Painted Wood DIY Planter
This idea was so popular that it made its way from the wildly popular Apartment Therapy blog all the way to Good Morning America. To create one of your own, simply start out with a wood frame and fill in the slots with diagonal painted slabs of reclaimed wood. With precise cutting and well taken measurements, this project can be completed for next to nothing and super simply to boot.
Textured DIY Planters
If you are a fan of Anthropologie then you already know that not only are their products quirky, but they tend to sell out fast. To recreate a textured planter that recently sold out, all you need is a planter, some odds and ins and a little time. From wine corks to wooden blocks, adding outside texture to a planter can take it from traditional to modern in just a few short strokes of your glue gun. Play around with different ideas to see which one suits your personality best. We personally love the wine cork idea which helps you save memories while also creating style.
Hollowed Log DIY Planter
Proverbs 31 Woman recently debuted a hollowed out log planter idea that we simply fell in love with. Start out with a hollowed out log… and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t sure what you are doing. 3 years seems to be the shelf life for this planter as the bottom can begin to rot after this amount of time. So be sure to keep a watch on the bottom of your planter to know when it is time to replace yours.
Vertical Tire DIY Planters
Got an ugly shed wall that you need to cover? Start by using screws and bolts to secure painted tires to the side of your wall. Drill in holds to the tire’s bottom to allow the water to drain away from your plants. Next, plant a variety of beautiful wild flowers or other plant favorites to put your own unique spin on an old, plain wall that needs a little extra something added to it to help it shine.
DIY Pallet Planter Box
This DIY garden planter uses boards from discarded pallets. They may hold plants directly with a liner or hide containing pots in favor of a more farmhouse feel.
Upcycled Rainbow Pallet Flower Garden Planter
When ground space is limited, gardeners need to think out of the box. This project makes the most of every inch by reducing the footprint and going vertical in a colorful fashion.
Pallet Wood DIY Planter
Pallets are cheap and abundant, making them ideal materials for DIY projects. This plan shows you one way of turning them into a plant holder for your backyard, along with tips for dealing with common concerns.
Gorgeous DIY Planter from Old Tire
Here’s another way to recycle tires, this time with a more refined look. A circular board with holes acts as base, propped up by three wooden legs. The outside is covered in rope for an impressive transformation.
Bowling Ball Planter
Mold the perfect semi-spherical concrete planter using a plastic bowl at the bottom and a bowling ball at the top. Decorate with stones, gems, or any other striking feature. If you cure it right, then this can last forever.
Fairy Garden Flower Pot
Pots all seem to look the same but here’s one that boldly tries to be different. Calculated destruction turns chaos into a beautiful assembly that’s fit for a fairy. You can also make your own design.
Tiered Barrel DIY Planter
This one is a little more tricky, but with the proper equipment, this rustic take on a flower planter can add the perfect old world charm to your garden. Start out by marking your barrel in thirds, then, use reclaimed wood to created a bottom and side to each tier. This will hold in different plants while still serving as one big garden display. You will want to drill in drainage holes into each level to make sure that your plant has room to breathe and to prevent root rot that can come from too much water collecting around them.
DIY Bicycle Planter
Bike lovers can use their old rides as practical décor in their garden. Baskets may be attached to the front and the rear using wires. Ribbons can be strategically placed at various points to make the bicycle more attractive.
Tire Plant Pot
Instead of letting old tires lie unused, consider cutting them up and shaping them into pots. Having a jigsaw will make everything easier. Follow the sawtooth pattern and flip it around for a stunning centerpiece.
The Dresser Planter
Old furniture should never be thrown away. Turn a vintage dresser to an eclectic planter with multiple layers. It’s important to clean it up and protect it from moisture so it can last a long time.
DIY Chair Planter
Here’s something that is sure to catch attention. This project turned an old rocking chair into a head-turning planter fit for flowering pieces. The seat was removed to make way for a coconut liner that is secured through chains.
Shabby Picnic Basket DIY Planter
Those who are partial to the shabby chic look might want to try converting a picnic basket into a statement planter. Find a cheap one made of wicker and tweak it to your taste. Spray paint can do wonders.
DIY Stump Planters
If you really like biodegradable materials, then consider using tree stumps. There might be a few lying around in your backyard. Use power tools to create a cavity in the middle. These wood planters will look great in any setting.
Coffee Bag Planter Pots
Plastic pots are cheap and convenient but there are other ways to organize your plants. Try using discarded containers like coffee bags that have built-in holes for the soil to breathe and release excess moisture. This biodegradable, lightweight, versatile, and weather-resistant material is a perfect substitute.
Locker Drawer Garden Planters
Planter materials can come from the most unlikely sources. For this project, they turned old office equipment into colorful containers. Three front locker drawers with wooden supports were stacked on top of each other to create a cheery addition to any garden.
Garbage Can DIY Planters
With a garbage can and some copper paint, you can repurpose a trash can into a beautiful planter. Be warned this this copper garbage can can weight a ton if you fill it with soil. So, instead, consider, simply placing a hanging basket in the top of the can to create the illusion of a full can without the added weight.
Colander Flower Planter
Looking for the perfect planter for your apartment or simply need a housewarming gift? This planter may be just what you are looking for. Start out with a pretty colander and fill it with landscape fabric. This will prevent soil spillage. Give your plant a little water and watch as it grows for years to come.
Looking to elevate a simple clay pot? Just add a tripod set of legs to create a modern look without breaking the bank. All you will need is a little weather-proof glue, paint and a few minutes our of your day to complete this look.
Pine Planter on Wheels
Start out by creating a simple box made out of pine. Next sand and paint your creation. Once dry, add wheels, draining holes and your favorite flower.
Old Drawer Porch Planters
All you need to create a chic planter out of an old drawer is some store bought table legs and paint. Simply screw on four legs to a drawer, paint and drill holes into the bottom of the drawer to allow for proper drainer. Viola! A chic place to display your favorite blooms.
DIY Denim Flower Pot Cover
Dress your flower planters in denim by repurposing your old jeans. It’s an easy project that doesn’t even require sewing (if you use glue) and it’s a great way to get into upcycling. Check out the tutorial for a DIY project.
Tree Trunk Planter
If you can get your hands on a rotted out tree trunk piece, it will make a great easy to make DIY planter for your garden.
PVC Pipe DIY Planters
Whether you have some of it left over or you can buy some PVC pipe for this project, it’s a fairly easy way to build a vertical garden planter.
Toy Car Planter
Old toy trucks make cute little planters for small plants to add around your garden as an accent piece.
Old Bike Planter
If you happen to have an old bike (or you can pick one up in a yard sale) you can use it for a planter. All you need to do is attach some boxes or cans to it. It makes a great whimsical accent.
Swing Tire Planter
Hanging an old tire from a tree makes a great vertical planter. You can paint it any color for a better look.
Rustic Watering Can
An old watering can makes a cute rustic planter, all you need is to get your hands on one.
All you need is an old teapot or two, whether they are metal or ceramic.
Colored Tire Planters
If you want to add more color to your garden, paint a few old tires and use them as planters.
Before you throw away an old dresser, take the drawers out and use them as beautiful vintage planters.
Rain Boot Planter
Add more whimsy with old rubber rain boots by hanging them on the wall or a fence as planters.
An old unused wheelbarrow will get a new life as a big planter.
Chair Planter Stand
It’s more of a stand for a planter than one itself, but an old chair can add some style to your garden.
Paint some empty cans to use them as natural makeshift planters.
An old sink is perfect to be used as a planter not only because its shape. The faucet and saucers add some unique whimsical accent.
If you can’t find any use for an old piece of furniture at home, bring it outside to your garden and use it as a planter.
Concrete Succulent Pots
Make these small concrete succulent pots for your garden or patio. It’s an easy project and much cheaper than to buy them, not to mention it’s something you make with your own hands.
Planter from an Old Towel
A creative project for a concrete planter made of an old towel – it makes a whimsical design for your garden.
Painted Cinder Block Planters
It can’t get any more simple than this. Paint cinder blocks for quick and easy but pretty planters.
If you like whimsical accents in your garden, this awesome planter is much easier to make than you might think.
Tree Trunk Succulent Planter
It’s a fun project to make this planter repurposing natural materials like a rotted tree trunk.
Cheap Planter Boxes
They are cheap but they certainly don’t look so. Make these wonderful planter boxes for $12 a piece.
Driftwood Succulent Planter
This planter is amazing for two reasons – first, it’s made of material that you can find for free and secondly, it is very attractive. A driftwood planter can be used outside in a garden or patio, or inside to bring natural accents to your home.
Hose Hiding Planter
Planters can be functional, such as this hose hiding planter box. It can be used to store more than a hose too.
Tiered Flower Planter
Tiered planters are great space savers and are irreplaceable in a small garden. Build one for yourself.
Large Planter from a Garbage Can
Spray paint a large garbage can and you get a tall planter. Check out the tutorial for more tips.
What do you get when you combine a few concrete pavers and wood planks? This wonderful planter for your entryway or porch.
You can make this whimsical planter from an old chair.
Glued Paver Planter
That’s right, you don’t need fancy plans to build a concrete planter – simply glue square pavers together with adhesive.
This vertical planter is great for herbs and flowers in a small garden.