Sunflowers are stunning. Daffodils are demure. The traditional terra cotta pot or plastic planter they go in - not so exciting. Your pots can be just as beautiful, interesting and breathtaking as the plants that go in them with these creative potting solutions. From concrete to clay, we selected our five favorite pot fashions for your indoor or outdoor garden.
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Turn your kitchen cast-offs into sturdy and sexy concrete planters for your petunias or your sage plant! Simply salvage a large piece of plastic like an orange juice bottle or water jug, and then grab these items from a local home improvement store: bag of concrete, sand, perlite, a box cutter and a bucket for mixing. See how blogger radmegan turned her OJ container in a modern succulent planter: Molded Concrete Planter.
If you have dinosaur-loving children, try one of these darling dino planters. You can purchase a yellow Stegosaurus, a purple T-Rex or a pink Brontosaurus for as little as $14.50 on Etsy. These kid-friendly planters work well with small cactus plants and other succulents and are a great way to get your kids excited about home upkeep and responsibilities like watering plants. Plus, plants have health benefits such as improved air quality and lower stress levels: Eight Health Benefits of House Plants.
Make your own pots from scratch with oven bake clay! With a utility knife like an X-Acto and a rolling pin, you can cut and mold any design you'd like. These delicate modern planters can be used as the centerpiece for a spring party or a unique housewarming gift. Get step-by-step instructions from the blog Say Yes to Hoboken: DIY Handmade Clay Pots.
It's never too late to start gardening. If you're only at the seedling stage this time of year, eggshells are a great place to start. When you're making breakfast, crack the egg carefully to ensure that more than half of the shell is still intact. Clean the eggshell so it's empty and plant the seeds you've chosen according to the packages' instructions. To keep track of your new seedlings, use wooden coffee-stirrers as labels. For other eco-friendly potting solutions, read: Plant the Seed: A Potless Approach to Spring Gardening.
Dining room chairs that have seen better days can be turned into perfect planters for your garden. Simply remove the seat or cut a hole in it, add a chicken wire as a frame and you’re ready to plant! If your chairs are in mint condition, take a quick trip to a thrift shop or an antique store to find a child-sized chair or a full-sized forgotten treasure. Note: Unless the chairs are intended for outdoor use, be sure to seal and paint them so they withstand weather. Get inspiration from Better Homes & Gardens and instructions from blogger Just B: New Use for an Old Chair.