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10 quirky container ideas for your plants

By Katie

Published: May 31st, 2019

From boots to birdcages, who doesn't love a crazy container for your precious plants

Container gardening has a ton of advantages over traditional ‘from the ground’ gardening.

If you want to practice eco-friendly gardening, you’ll be happy to learn that using containers saves water and fertilisers. It’s also easier to prevent pests, and you can move your containers around to a new location whenever you feel like it.


There’s more.

Using a quirkier container can really liven things up in your garden. And you can really get creative with your choices, as you’ll find that you can use pretty much anything as a planter.

1. Cupcake cases

How cute can plant containers really get? Cupcake cute, that’s what. See below.

This idea would work well with mini succulents.

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2. Teacups

Make use of your favourite old cuppa by planting little gardens in them. Cute little cacti could work well in teacups too – all you need is some cactus soil and small pebbles.

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Want to grow herbs in your teacups? Just drill a hole at the bottom of the cup first.

3. Boots

Dust off those rainboots. Whether they’re a basic black or a pretty pattern, they can make a perfect home for your next plant. Poke some holes at the bottom for extra drainage.

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Looking for some more inspiration for what you can do in your garden? Here are over 75 backyard ideas to get you started.

4. Muffin tins (for herbs)

Want to grow your own herbs? A muffin tin is an ideal spot to do so, with the perfectly compartmentalised sections making it super easy to work with.

Just up-cycle the rusty old tin you have lying at the back of your kitchen cupboard (we all have one).

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5. Vibrant tins

For a splash of colour in your garden (or for indoor plants), turn to your kitchen cupboard again.

Tins and cans are perfectly designed to be planters, and especially easy to plant in if you’re a beginner to this whole gardening thing.

Wash out thoroughly after devouring the food it came with.

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6. Bags

Yep, even an IKEA bag will do the trick.

Tote bags are particularly great for growing any fruit and veg, thanks to their sturdy nature.

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7. Buckets

This is a budget-friendly plant container option that can actually look surprisingly pretty (well, depending on the bucket you choose, obv).

You can decorate and paint your planter buckets as you please. Just don’t forget to add that hole at the bottom for drainage.

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8. Garden chairs

Got a couple of old chairs lying about? Before chucking away, consider using them as planters.

It’s simple. Just make a hole in the seat of the chair and fit a basic container in it.

It looks a lot prettier than it sounds.

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9. Glass containers (for terrariums)

Terrariums, our old favourite. The great thing about these little cuties is they can be planted in pretty much any glass container.

Pick something quirky and unexpected. Case in point below.

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10. Birdcages

Birdcages make beautiful vessels for plants and flowers. Get an ornate or vintage one to add a touch of whimsy to your garden.

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I've loved interior design for as long as I can remember and I'm currently about to renovate my first home. So as well as being the Content Lead at Airtasker, I'm also on the lookout for the latest design trends, backyard ideas and anything to do around the home. I'm also trying to use low-tox cleaning methods and work towards being more plastic-free!

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