15 Unique (and Easy) DIY Planter Ideas

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We’re all about gearing up for spring here at Total Home Supply, and are especially excited to get back to gardening. Though it’s still too early in the season to begin planting outdoors, now is a great time to get going on projects that will really have your garden ready by mid-May. Last week, we talked about seeds — what to plant and how to do it. This week, we’re all about cool and creative DIY planters.

Terra cotta pots and traditional flower beds are great and convenient, but don’t your gorgeous plants deserve a display worthy of their own unique beauty? Here are 15 of our favorite unique (and easy) DIY planter ideas from around the web.

 

Vertical Step Planters

Photo Credit: Ruffles and Truffles

Photo Credit: Ruffles and Truffles

This vertical planter, courtesy of Ruffles and Truffles, is perfect for those awkward, unused corners of your garden. Made by simply nailing planter boxes to two wood stair risers (which can be painted for an even more custom look!), this DIY planter is eye-catching and space-saving and great for a combination of flower and vegetable plants.

Full instructions here.

 

Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Photo Credit: Stagetecture

Photo Credit: Stagetecture

A few terra cotta pots and a can of glow-in-the-dark paint is all you need for the coolest backyard ever. The glow-in-the-dark paint will absorb sunlight all day and, in turn, illuminate your favorite flowers all night.

Thanks to Stagetecture for the inspiration!

 

Wooden Window Pot Holders

Photo Credit: The Family Handyman

Photo Credit: The Family Handyman

Window planters are a common household fixture, but are almost always used to display small flowers and herbs in long, rectangular containers. This super simple wood-working project, courtesy of The Family Handyman, gives your circular potted plants the window seat for a change! This idea is great because it saves space and allows you to alternate different kinds of plants.

Full instructions here.

 

Chair Planter

Photo Credit: Wonderwoman Creations

Photo Credit: Wonderwoman Creations

Deborah from Wonderwoman Creations submitted this project to a DIY contest for home decor items costing less than $5 to make. She didn’t win the contest, but we think this chair planter is a winner, nonetheless. All you need is a wooden chair, chicken wire, coconut husk liner, and, of course, a bunch of your favorite flowers.

Full instructions here.

 

Birdhouse “Green Roof” Planter

Photo Credit: Garden Therapy

Photo Credit: Garden Therapy

A birdhouse is a lovely addition to any backyard, and this planter, courtesy of Stephanie at Garden Therapy, just makes it that much lovelier. Made from a few small pieces of cedar wood and a plastic container, this planter is perfect for shallow-rooted plants like sedum album and rhododendron.

Full instructions here.

 

Rope-Wrapped & Painted Pots

Photo Credit: House by Hoff

Photo Credit: House by Hoff

This is a super easy way to take your terra cotta pots to the next level. With some simple brown rope and a hot glue gun, April from House by Hoff transforms ordinary clay pots into cool and creative planters for both indoor and outdoor use.

Full instructions here.

 

Chandelier Planter

Photo Credit: DIY Show Off

Photo Credit: DIY Show Off

This chandelier planter is absolutely striking, and a wholly unique take on the traditional plant hanger. Roeshel at DIY Show Off walks us through this surprisingly simple project that is sure to add a special sort of flair to any outdoor space.

Full instructions here.

 

Tipsy Pots Plant Tower

Photo Credit: Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Photo Credit: Our Fairfield Home & Garden

How Alice in Wonderland is this?? Barb at Our Fairfield Home & Garden shows us just how easy this stand-out planter idea is to make. Paint the pots different colors for an even wackier look, and maybe add a little white rabbit garden statue to complete the theme!

Full instructions here.

 

Coffee Can Planters

Photo Credit: October Machine

Photo Credit: October Machine

This idea is terrific for those of us who love growing flowers and vegetables but don’t have a whole lot of space to plant (city-dwellers, this one’s for you!). Drill a hole through a tin coffee can (near the top), and use a zip tie to secure your new planter to a railing. It’s that easy!

Full instructions here.

 

Nautical Rope Pot Holder

Photo Credit: Design Sponge

Photo Credit: Design Sponge

The perfect touch to any indoor or outdoor space, this gorgeous tiered plant hanger is just a few pieces of scrap wood and rope. Let the creative folks at Design Sponge show you how it’s done.

Full instructions here.

 

Birdcage Planter

Photo Credit: Susan St. Louis (via Empress of Dirt)

Photo Credit: Susan St. Louis (via Empress of Dirt)

I have to admit, I’m a little angry I didn’t think of this first! Antique bird cages have such a cool look to them, and can be purchased for cheap at thrift stores and flea markets. Secure some chicken wire and coconut husk liner to the bottom of the cage to create a nest for the dirt and plants, and you’ve got one pretty amazing garden ornament.

h/t to Empress of Dirt.

 

Basalite Block Planters

Photo Credit: Remodelista

Photo Credit: Remodelista

This creative planter idea comes to us courtesy of Allison Bloom of Remodelista. Basalite blocks can be found at any local hardware store, and are super inexpensive, to boot. You can stack the blocks to create interesting shapes, or line individual blocks along the perimeter of your deck or patio.

Full instructions here.

 

Recycled Drum Planters

Photo Credit: Noah W. (via Instructables)

Photo Credit: Noah W. (via Instructables)

This attractive planter was once just a plastic barrel and a few pieces of scrap wood. A great way to repurpose old garbage cans, this planter idea gives your backyard a cool, rustic feel while costing you next to nothing.

Full instructions here.

 

Chalkboard Painted Pots

Photo Credit: Lia Griffith

Photo Credit: Lia Griffith

Chalkboard paint is so much fun, I’ll take any excuse to use it. Painting ordinary terra cotta pots with chalkboard paint allows you to easily label your plants (as pictured above) or draw cool (albeit temporary) designs. This is also a fun activity for kids who are interested in growing their own plants this year!

Full instructions here.

 

Living Plant Wall

Photo Credit: DremelWeekends (via Curbly)

Photo Credit: DremelWeekends (via Curbly)

You don’t have to be a master woodworker to create this gorgeous “living plant wall”. This planter looks fantastic against the wall of your house or shed, and is another great choice for those of us with limited outdoor space.

Full instructions here.

Kristen Turner

Featured blogger for Total Home Supply.

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