As someone who already spends a little too much money on garden supplies every year, I’m always looking to cut corners on spending by upcycling and repurposing where I can. To add to the repurposing and cheap-decorations list, I’ve also created an arch out of cattle panel, a walkway out of log slices from a pine tree my husband cut down a year ago, an entire Back to Eden method (permaculture) garden from free wood chips, and a litany of garden decorations out of fun and quirky finds.
My favorite of them all, however, is my upcycled garden containers. Below, I’ve laid out a list of my favorite repurposed garden planters and included a few of my very own at the bottom.
Repurposed Metal Containers
Repurposed Kitchen Pots
The DIY colander planters are simply the most charming of this kitchen collection! For hanging these colander planters outside, lining the inside with burlap, sphagnum peat moss, coco liners, or landscape liners would be perfect for planting your flower or herb of choice. For inside, I would use either a plastic liner or simply place your potted plant inside as it is.
Repurposed Bird Baths
Repurposed Chicken Feeders/ Pet Pans
Repurposed Burlap Sacks
My Own Creations
The metal planter above holding the burro’s tail succulent is sadly not one of my creations, but something I got at a craft fair. I love the weathered look of the pot, along with the oxidization and rust look. Rust just adds charming character!
My husband previously had chickens that he fed using metal pans like the one above. While we don’t have the chickens anymore, we did have a collection of these feeding pans that were just sitting under the porch. These made for the perfect planters!
I simply drilled holes in the bottom of them and planted them with another flower that didn’t require deep roots.
The above burlap sacks are another one of my creations. I purchased sacks of beans that came in these sacks, and they were too useful to even consider throwing away. Rather than tossing them, I simply added S-hooks to them and used them as pots to hang on my tomato trellis. These are perfect for marigolds or other flowers that don’t need too much room to grow.