By Jennifer Noonan
Why put your plants in a boring pot, when you can make your own unique planter with materials you may already have on hand?
Not just for spaghetti
How many colanders do you come across at weekend yard sales? Fit one with a linked chain to create an appealing hanging planter for colorful pansies.
A rusted wagon is reborn as a planter displaying pretty annuals. The wheels on the wagon mean the planter can be easily moved around the yard or garden to gather sun or serve as a showpiece.
Getting the boot
Pairs of red rain-boot planters parade across this porch. Though “made for walking” (as the song goes), these repurposed boots are filled with a variety of herbs and geraniums in a matching hue. Contrasting ﬂower colors would create an equally pleasing look.
This cluster of tires, all dressed up in show-stopping colors, makes for a fun and funky wall of ﬂowers. Best of all, these tires won’t end up in a landfill.
In this bright and playful courtyard, recycled and painted oil drums provide new homes for trees as well as plants. Some of the drums are ﬁtted with platforms to serve as benches. Who wouldn’t want to sit and stay awhile?
Stacked cinder blocks, with their readymade potting compartments, create a geometric platform to show off a variety of plants. Unfinished or painted in bold colors, cinder blocks make quick and easy planters with structural heft.
Teapots, short & stout
Cracked teapot got you down? Look at this charming, cheerful series of teapots adorning the railing of a stone staircase. Any cracks would be perfect for drainage!
Three stacked dresser drawers create a planter with stepped-up height and ﬂair. Shabby chic makes its way to the garden!
A waterfall of petunias cascades out of an old cast-iron bathtub. So many of these antique beauties are discarded to make way for new fixtures, yet here this classic household icon is whimsically reborn.
A ﬂourish of ﬂowering plants breathes new life into an old wheelbarrow. What a festive way to dress up a utilitarian tool!