DIY Repurposing

10 Totally Unexpected Things to Remake as Planters

Houseplants aren't particularly picky about the containers they reside in—so long as their roots have enough space and water can drain properly, they're set to be happy campers. So why settle for the standard clay pot? Don’t limit yourself! Take a look around your property, and you may find one of these unexpected items to remake into your own unexpectedly creative planter.

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There’s not a lot of use for a musical instrument, broken beyond repair—or is there? A damaged guitar’s hollow center can give new life as host to a vining plant. Just remove the back and secure a mesh bag or half-pot planter to the inside, then guide the greenery through the sound hole.

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Old hardcovers don’t have to be relegated to collecting dust on shelves. Open one up and cut a square out of its pages to create a planter that will also serve as a stunning and whimsical conversation piece. We bet you even already have all the supplies and tools to accomplish this literary feat.

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PVC Pipe

Unless you’re a plumber, you probably never thought you’d shop for a sewage pipe end cap. But turned up on its end, one of these makes the perfect base for a modern-styled mini planter. Drill holes in the bottom for drainage, then cover with brass-colored sheet metal, like these, or choose any number of other finishes. Spray paint? Decoupage? Let your inner crafter go wild.

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Oil Tin

A stash of old oil tins is a repurposer’s dream come true! Thoroughly cleaned and perforated on the bottom for drainage, they make a colorful collage of planters with vintage style.

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Concrete is an excellent medium for building planters of any size and shape depending on what mold you use to cast. These triangular planters are just as pretty as the plants in a geometric garden design on a windowsill, wall, or tabletop.

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Pockets are not just for pants anymore—plants dig them, too! Sew this simple pocket planter and tuck a little bit of nature into any corner around the home.

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Broken cameras and lenses are often available at thrift stores and garage sales. If you can pick one (or a bunch) up for cheap, you can make a unique and truly artsy home for air plants, succulents, and other diminutive greenery.


Flash back to high school chemistry and create a scientific scene with a set of beaker terrariums. These tapered glass flasks make the perfect home for moss and other small plant life. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill or near the homework station, for a sweet view of nature indoors.

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Wrap your plants in industrial style with a planter made from a light bulb, like this one. Whether you hang it or place it on a table as a centerpiece, it’s sure light up the room with a hit of natural beauty.

Rain Boots

Don’t throw away that old pair of rain boots! Just drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage and fill with dirt and plants. Make sure to water frequently, as small planters dry out quickly. Whether standing side-by-side or hanging along a fence, they’ll add a sweet pop of color to your landscape.

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