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Plant Fashion: 7 Glamorous Potting Ideas

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04.05.13

Photo: RootedInSucculents | Etsy

Spring flowers are beautiful and show off nature’s diverse color palette, but the traditional terra cotta planters they grow in? Not so much. With a little ingenuity, regular household items can be transformed into planters that are as charming as the flowers they hold! Check out these seven clever plant container ideas:

Tea Tins

Turn empty tea tins or coffee cans into your next planter! Just be sure to create drainage holes in the tins by hammering a thin (but sharp) nail through the bottom of the tin a few times. Tip: Place the tin’s lid underneath and it will act as a saucer for water.

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Photo: Cathy Heck Studio Scrapbook

Watering Cans

If you have a watering can that’s seen better days, give it a new life by planting small flowers in the base of it. We’re especially fond of this cherry blossom arrangement from Karin Lidbeck-Brent.

Photo: Karin Lidbeck-Brent | for BHG "Country Gardens" magazine, Spring '13

Toys

If your kids have plastic toys that they don’t play with anymore, reuse them for a fun and colorful alternative to standard planters! Simply use an X-Acto knife to cut a hole in the back of your toy (make sure it’s big enough for a small succulent to fit inside). If your kid isn’t too fond of his favorite dinosaur sprouting leaves, try turning old toys into a coat rack or lamp, instead.

Photo: VintageAndVagaries | Etsy

Furniture

Turn a chair into a planter for your garden. Remove the seat (or cut a hole in it), add chicken wire for a frame to hold your flowers and you’re ready to plant! If you’re not quite prepared to revamp your dining room chairs, head to your local antique or thrift store to see what you can salvage.

Photo: TheReclaimedLife | Etsy

Books

Instead of letting your books collect dust on a shelf, use old novels as a potting solution! For more ways to decorate with books in your home, read: Four Ways to Decorate with Tomes.

Photo: PaperDame | Etsy

Eggshells

Empty eggshells make great homes for seedlings or succulents because the calcium in the shells gives your plant an extra boost of nutrients. Bonus: When you’re ready to move up to a full-time planter, the eggshell can come too – just crack it a little first!  

Photo: Small + Friendly

Shoes 

Got an old shoe with a hole or two in its sole? Sounds like a planter with pre-made drainage holes to us!

Photo: giddyspinster | Etsy

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