40+ DIY Ideas for Upcycled Planters

40+ DIY Ideas for Upcycled Planters

As an upcycler, I absolutely LOVE incorporating vintage treasures (especially ones in disrepair) into my garden decor. And I am by no means alone. Using antiques or secondhand items as upcycled planters is so popular that big box stores are stocking their shelves with “new made to look old” garden items.

But save yourself a trip, head out to your garage or shed, and you may just have the perfect piece to use.

From old furniture, to tires…tea tins and kitchen ware, there are any number of flower box ideas, unique planters, or garden pots that you can make. Repurposing thrift store finds or other things from your basement, attic, or garage into garden planters is a great way to breathe new life into them.

Literally and figuratively!

And, of course, I’m no stranger to making upcycled planters, either. Take, for instance, this colander that is now a hanging basket:

Enamel colander as a hanging porch planter

Or this galvanized bucket with decorative hose bibb (that, admittedly, got lost under the flowers!)…

Galvanized bucket planter with a decorative hose bibb

Or even a wire magazine rack like this! I think it’s honestly prettier as an upcycled planter than if it were holding back issues of Country Living magazine.

metal magazine holder as a repurposed planter

Whether you use these flower box ideas or unique planters inside, on your porch, or as garden decor outside, I think you’ll be amazed and inspired by all the upcycling ideas here!

40+ DIY Ideas for Upcycled Planters

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Well, did you find any inspiration? And this is seriously just scratching the surface of upcycled planters. There are seriously an endless number of things (like a wooden Dutch shoe!?!) that can be planted, that’s for sure.

Dutch wooden shoes as upcycled planters

Honestly, just about ANYTHING can be turned into a planter- I swear!

vertical planter with a shutter from habitat restore

And will you be looking for anything specific at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores? Maybe a shutter, or a bucket…or even lamp shades!

hanging herb baskets from lampshade frames

I hope this collection of upcycled planters gave you a few new ideas of things to fill with flowers and greenery. Even fake plants, like felt succulents, work in just about anything that can be “planted”.

DIY felt succulents in a vintage sifter

Either way, happy planting! And happy thrifting if you’re off to find something else entirely to use as an upcycled planter.

If you enjoyed this collection of DIY ideas for upcycled planters, then you may also appreciate how I repurposed this floppy disk holder, too!

tabletop greenhouse from a floppy disk holder

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. You have such fun ideas!! I have those soup mugs, and I still eat from them, LOL!! I’ve been collecting iron worked items and painted them black so they look like they go together, then using them for plant stands.

  2. Luv ur ideas I always Enjoy going to thrift shops , snd but the most amazing finds I’ve gotten bird cages , found the most Amazing clogs ,, little piglets , Also I luv adding miniature characters example pat-tie knifes


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