If a plant can grow anywhere, why not tuck it into an old boot? If that looks great — and it does — try filling a junked convertible with zinnias and daisies. Don’t forget the trunk! What follows are 5 ingenious ideas for rescuing unused household items and turning them into plant pots and container gardens.
Inexpensive and easy, these projects range from tiny (wine corks) to massive (the car). Some may require a bit of heavy lifting. Moving an old bathtub into the garden will take some serious muscle power. But the effort pays off in the spring when the tub froths with flowers. It looks like a blue and white bubble bath. All that’s missing is a soap dish with my favorite lavender scent and maybe a piece of moss for a loofah.
I have always loved the idea of reusing shoes and boots as plant pots, but I never thought to plant a spangly pair of high heels with succulents that stick out the open toes and climb up to the ankle. I think it’s chic, but would Jimmy Choo approve?
My all-out favorite project is the five pairs of jeans. They are stuffed with potting mix and planted with pointy grasses that grow up from the waist. It’s like having five spiky friends leaning on your balcony, ready to sip a beer. Maybe they would prefer green water? This is near perfect, but I might add a dash of color with a red bandanna in one of the pockets and maybe a pair of silver spurs. A few more details would make this droll concept pop with color and sparkle.
1. Worn-Out Boots Revived with Chrysanthemums
A yellow chrysanthemum pokes from a hole in this pair of well-worn boots that have been transformed into a rustic planter. There’s plenty of space for potting mix in the cuffed uppers, while the sole flaps lose to provide drainage.
2. Rusty Trough Sets Off Colorful Blossoms
Rusty and spotted with verdigris, this old metal trough contrasts nicely with the red and white flowers and the purple coleus leaves. Spiky blooms and pointy leaves look like firecrackers shooting skyward from the earthy container.
3. Glass Bottles Stack Up to a Unique Planter
Dozens of green glass bottles are carefully stacked to form a perfectly cylindrical planter. Placed with their necks inward and the indented base outward, the bottles create a texture that looks like the trunk of a shiny palm tree. The hefty planter dominates the feathery plants inside.
4. Pallet Garden Shows Off Leafy Greens
Painted barn red and propped up so it’s almost vertical, this recycled pallet makes a convenient space for extra rows of vegetables. Pretty and portable, it can be placed on a lawn within easy reach during growing season and stashed away in the garden shed for the winter.
5.All Aboard the Flower Train
Wooden barrels are set on their sides and cut open to form the locomotive and cars of a train hauling pansies across the grass. A tiny barrel makes the smokestack and a board cut with two round windows suggests an engineer’s cab. Wooden disks are used for wheels and headlights.