36 Quirky plant pot ideas you’ll love
Quirky plant pots can liven things up in your garden.Get help setting up your garden
- What to use as a garden planter?
- Front porch planter ideas
- Front door planter ideas
- Planter box ideas
- Wall planter ideas
- Succulent planter ideas
- Enhance the look of your garden now!
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Quirky planter ideas can 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.
These containers not only serve as a decorative element but also have a ton of advantages over traditional ‘from the ground’ gardening:
Plant containers help you save water and fertiliser, making them perfect for eco-friendly gardening.
It’s also easier to prevent pests, and you can move your containers around to a new location whenever you feel like it.
Here are 36 quirky and creative garden planter ideas. Read on, get inspired, and place your planter wherever you see fit – be it your porch, front door, wall, or mailbox!
What to use as a garden planter?
Teacups, old boots, old pitchers, even bags–That’s what! You can make amazing planters with cheap, easy-to-find, or recycled materials and a little bit of creativity.
Consider how and where you plan to display the planters to choose the most suitable planter design and material.
1. Pitchers and kettles
Do you have old pitchers or worn-out kettles? Don’t throw them away just yet! They make good, rustic-looking, cost-saving planters that your plants will look nice in! These containers add a homey touch to your garden, too.
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.
Dust off those wellies. Whether they’re old combat and Chelsea boots, or colourful rain boots, they can make a perfect home for your next plant. Don’t forget to poke some holes at the bottom for extra drainage.
4. Glass or mason jars
Want to grow your own herbs? Recycle old glass jars from your pasta sauces and canned food. You can also use mason jars.
5. Milk tins
Just upcycle the rusty old tin you have lying at the back of your kitchen cupboard (we all have one).
6. 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. You can also personalise these tins by painting them in your favourite colour!
Yep, even a common eco bag will do the trick. Tote bags are particularly great for growing any fruit and veg, thanks to their sturdy nature. Just don’t forget to provide drainage for your plant to avoid root rot.
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.
9. Garden chairs
Got a couple of old chairs lying about? Before chucking away, consider using them as planters. You can attach a net on the seat where your plants can safely and securely be attached.
10. Glass containers
Terrariums, our old favourite. Plants that love moisture thrive well in terrariums, so if you have fittonias and other moisture-loving plants, you can put them in glass containers.
Birdcages make beautiful vessels for plants and flowers. Get an ornate or vintage one to add a touch of whimsy to your garden.
Patio planter ideas
Decorating your patio with plants is a sure way to make it refreshing and inviting. Check out these planter ideas for your patio.
12. Wall planters
Get a wooden box or crate you can hang on your wall where you can place your plants.
13. Planters with stands
Use stands under your pots to vary the height of your plants. Adding variety this way enhances the overall look of your garden patio.
Front porch planter ideas
14. Plant rack
Line your porch with multi-layer shelves and racks and decorate them as you please. You can get wooden racks, metal racks, or a stylish combination of both.
15. Textured planters
Have multi-layer shelves and racks already? These textured and coloured planters add a pop of colour and character.
Front door planter ideas
Set up the ambience of your cosy home by sprucing up your front door with a classic plant box, a wooden plant box, and hanging planters.
16. Good ol’ plant box
Highlight your front door by placing two plant boxes on both sides.
17. Wooden plant box
You can also use wooden plant boxes for a farmhouse touch.
18. Hanging planters
Do you have a lot of hanging plants? Hang two of them on both sides of your front door using any kind of hanging planter that matches well with your house facade.
Planter box ideas
From cement to wood to old furniture, here are some planter box ideas to add personality to your garden. You can place them anywhere – by the front door, on the patio, in your garden, and on your porch!
19. Tiled cement planter box
Do you have a cement planter box? You can attach colourful, patterned ceramic tiles on them to make them unique and eye-catching.
20. Wooden log planter box
If you like the look of wood in general, this wooden log planter box will surely bring out the rustic style you’re going for.
21. Wooden cart planter
Does your local thrift store happen to sell old, worn-out wooden carts? They make good planters, too!
22. Old suitcase
You don’t have to say goodbye to your old and much-loved suitcase just yet! Repurpose it and use it as a planter for your flower plants.
23. Old drawer
If you own an old drawer piece that you no longer want to use, you can use it as a planter for your flowers, just like this teal metal drawer.
|Related read: How to make planter boxes, everything you need to know|
Wall planter ideas
Got a blank wall in your garden? Maximise all that vertical space by hanging plants! Here are some ideas on how you can hang your greenery.
24. Metal rod hanger
A curtain rod and a few S-shaped hanger pieces can easily hang your small pots.
25. Hanging water cans
Add a dainty touch to your wall by hanging colourful water can planters.
26. Macrame plant hanger
If you’re going for a boho look, you can use a macrame plant hanger like this. It’s also easy to DIY, perfect if you love arts and crafts!
27. Wall frame planter
Think framed art, but the art is your beautiful plants. Any wall gets a fresh and quick makeover with this hanging planter frame.
28. Hanging decorative pots
Do you like decorative pieces? You can use hanging decorative pots as a home for your small plants, like this triangular hanging pot.
Succulent planter ideas
Give your adorable succulent plants a new home with these planter ideas.
29. Teacup and mug
Have an old teacup with a nice colour? Use it for your echeveria or similar plants!
30. Ceramic bowl
Complete your homey aesthetic with a ceramic bowl! You can place more than two succulents to make a bouquet-like arrangement.
31. Concrete pots
If you want an industrial look, you can use concrete pots, which you can purchase at a small cost.
32. Glass terrarium
Use a glass terrarium to create a miniature succulent garden. It’s a whole different garden by itself!
33. Painted terracotta pots
Do you have more terracotta pots waiting for their turn to become a plant’s home? Time to jazz them up and paint your favourite patterns on them!
Mailbox planter ideas
Beautify your mailbox with plants using these mailbox planter ideas.
34. Hanging pot holder for wall-hung mailbox
You can place a hanging pot holder right next to your mailbox if it doesn’t have an extra compartment for plants.
35. Mailbox as planter
Or, if you have an old mailbox, you can use it as an actual planter!
36. Hanging plant
Some mailbox designs provide extra space that allows for additional decor. You can hang your plant by installing a hook.
Enhance the look of your garden now!
Do you want to add character to your plain-looking garden? Give your plants a new home with these awesome planter ideas. You can hire a garden designer to give your garden a full makeover while saving you the time and effort of doing things yourself.
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