Recycled Flower Pots: 29 Water Bottle Planters and More DIYs
The variety of recycled planters will amaze and appeal to any crafter.
Recycled flower pots and water bottle planters are some of the best, thrifty ways to add new life to your garden.
Let's be real: some of the cutest gardening ideas ever feature recycled elements. Have you seen those recycled flower pots made of shoes? Wash basins? Books? Tires?
Making flower pots out of recycled material is easier than you think, and you can make your own recycled items for the garden out of a variety of household goods! In our collection of water bottle planters and more DIY planter pots, you'll find recycled flower pot ideas to inspire your gardening not only in the summer months, but all year long.
If you're a total novice when it comes to gardening, never fear! Below we have information on the best flowers for beginners, need-to-know information about planting flowers in pots, and a slew of ideas for what exactly you can turn into planters. Some of the most exciting recycled materials planters are those that are the least expected!
Without further ado, give these recycled crafts a try today.
Table of Contents
- Planting Flowers in Pots for Beginners
- Easy Flowers to Grow in Pots
- Use Some of Your Old Stuff as Flower Pots and Planters
- Recycled Flower Pots
- DIY Recycled Plastic Planters
- Recycled Planters from Newspaper and Cardboard
- DIY Cement Planters
- Tin Can Planters and Other Metal Planters
- Unique Flower Pots
About the featured photo: "I love thinking outside the traditional planters and have used all sizes of tin cans, homemade pallet planters, funnels and even vintage tin cups. Just make sure there are holes in the bottom to allow for well-drained soil." -Angie from knickoftime.net
More of Angie's Junk Garden projects can be found here.
Planting Flowers in Pots for Beginners
Make sure your pot has drainage holes.
You do not want the plant to get root rot and drown from lack of drainage. If you do want to use a planter without holes in the bottom, add a layer of rocks or gravel first to allow the water to drain. Or, do both! Claire Armstrong recommends drilling a hole in the bottom of the planter and layering the planter with gravel before adding the soil to aid in both water drainage and retention.
Use lightweight potting mix and plant food.
Potting mix is lighter weight than soil from the yard. Additionally, "Flowers in planters aren't able to get nutrients from the soil in the ground so to maintain healthy blooms it's important to feed them with plant food." -Claire Armstrong, pillarboxblue.com
If you have large drainage holes...
...add a piece of screen or even a coffee filter so the soil doesn't drain from the pot in addition to the water!
Next, choose your plants!
Find even more wonderful ideas for planters, clay pots, and more in our extensive collection ofCraft Outside: 84 DIY Garden Ideas
Easy Flowers to Grow in Pots
"The easiest flowers for beginners are bedding plants like pansies and petunias, they look really pretty in recycled planters and come in a variety of colours. Geraniums work well too and you can get trailing varieties that look great in hanging baskets or wall mounted planters." -Claire Armstrong, pillarboxblue.com
According to Today's Homeowner, popular container plants include:
-Perennials (ivy, coreopsis, or grasses)
-Sweet potato vine
Use Some of Your Old Stuff as Flower Pots and Planters
Here is a list of old items you can turn into adorable planters:
-Toys like cars or doll houses
-Toilet bowl (seriously)
-Fast food cups (for seedlings)
-Old yogurt cups
-Repurposed tool box
-Old dresser drawers
-Tea pots and tea cups
-Hanging shoe storage bags
What else would you use to make a planter?
DIY Recycled Plastic Planters
Did you know that water bottle planters are actually more common than you might think? Recycling items for the garden is an excellent way to be eco friendly. You'll even take that next step and bring forth new life from the used container!
If you've ever wondered how to make plant pots from plastic bottles, the Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters is an excellent tutorial. Hanging planters are so lovely for spring and summer outdoor, and you can also hang them in your home to bring new life to the space. Since we regularly go through plastic bottles of all sorts in our day-to-day lives, using them for something life-giving like planters is a beautiful way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
"Look through your recycling and you'll find lots of containers that you can reuse. Get kids involved in the planting because they will love getting their hands covered in dirt. Then I try to keep them involved by having them help with watering - a repurposed plastic milk jug makes a perfect watering can!" -Stephanie Gerber, helloglow.co
Recycled Planters from Newspaper and Cardboard
Can you believe these Recycled Paper Seedling Planters are made from paper towel rolls and brown bags? Recycled planters don't only need to be made from ultra-sturdy materials like plastic and metal. You can use something as light as toilet paper rolls even! (Bonus: find more toilet paper roll crafts in our popular collection of 62 Uses for Toilet Paper Rolls.)
Recycled paper planters are excellent for seed starters and for transplanting, but you can make sturdy planters from paper, too! Learn how to make flower pots out of newspaper, paper bags, recycled books, and more.
If you're looking for more traditional flower pot ideas, explore our collection of38 Flower Pot Crafts
DIY Cement Planters
Learn how to make DIY cement planters! The DIY Chrome and Concrete Garden Planter is so stunning for any home, and working with concrete is actually a fantastic crafting life skill. Learn how to make a variety of garden crafts using cement, such as these stepping stones and more! If you haven't given concrete crafts a shot yet, now is the time to do so.
Tin Can Planters and Other Metal Planters
The possibilities are incredible when it comes to tin can planters! Make Vintage Tins and Succulents DIY Planters for a charming look, try making crushed metal planters for a unique and surprisingly chic twist, or give paint can planters a try.
"My favorite materials to craft and upcycle with are definitely vintage. I love being able to take a piece that is old and worn out and give it new life. Using succulents or adding plants to these pieces is an easy project, and would be a fun and unique piece for your home, or to give as a gift." -Holly Bertone, pinkfortitude.com
"One of my favourite materials to use a planter is the humble tin can. I use them both for flowers and herbs. You can leave the cans as they are, paint them, decoupage them or even crush them for a more unusual look. I've even made a holder for them out of a pallet before. I like the fact that tin cans come in different sizes too, from your normal everyday soup can to the big catering sized cans." -Claire Armstrong, pillarboxblue.com
Unique Flower Pots
As we mentioned above, you can use a TON of unique and unexpected materials to make flower pots. A few of the ideas in this collection include using these Converted Lantern Planters, and using wine corks, bikes, washtubs, and more to make beautiful planters for the garden. If you have any of these materials lying around the house (and we know you do), it would be awesome to turn that old something into a beautiful recycled flower pot.
Can't get enough planters?! Find more ideas for flower pots in our collection of38 Clay Pot Crafts
What are your favorite plants for gardening?