Green Your Garden Without Breaking the Bank: 5 Planter Designs To Make from Upcycled Materials

No waste gardening is growing as fast as your plants. It's time you jump on this trend and start making planters from materials you already have. Empty laundry detergent, plastic bottles, even old shoes can become planters. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, right?

1. Revamp & Reuse: Transform a Laundry Detergent Bottle into a Stunning DIY Flower Pot!

Recycled can concept. Three lined recycled cans with succulent plants

Transform your laundry detergent bottle into a unique and eco-friendly flower pot with just a few simple steps. Here's what you'll need:

  • An empty laundry detergent bottle
  • A craft knife
  • Glue
  • Any embellishments you'd like to add (optional)

First, watch @KLCoolGadgets' video for inspiration and guidance. They use a template to mark the design onto the bottle and carve it out with the craft knife. Don't forget to add a few drainage holes to the bottom of the bottle to ensure proper water flow.

Next, get creative with the extra plastic pieces by using glue to add 3D designs to the outside of the planter. These designs can add personality and character to your finished product.

Finally, fill the planter with soil and place your favorite plant inside. You now have a beautifully repurposed flower pot that is great for both indoor and outdoor use.

By following these steps, you can upcycle an everyday item into a functional and decorative addition to your home. Get started on your own recycled planter today!

2. Give Plastic Containers a Second Life

Why settle for boring old planters when you can have a blast upcycling your everyday plastic containers into something unique and quirky? From yogurt tubs to peanut butter jars, these containers are just dying to be given a new lease on life.

Here's what to do: give your chosen container a good scrub and air dry. Then, make some holes in the bottom for your plants to breathe. For extra flair, add bottle caps as feet, so your planter can stand tall and proud.

Now comes the fun part! Get creative with paints, beads, sparkles, or twine and give your planter a personality all its own. When you're finished, stick some plants in there and sit back to admire your handiwork. Who says gardening has to be serious business?

Beautiful flowerbed made of plastic bottle, outdoors. Waste recycling concept

3. Suspended in Style: The Art of Creating Hanging Glass Jars Planters

Transform your living space into a lush oasis with hanging glass jars! These elegant containers are the perfect foundation for a stylish propagation station. Revamp your home décor with ease, using just a few simple items: a pristine jar, sturdy twine, and a cutting from your favorite plant.

In this Youtube short, you'll discover the effortless technique for threading your jar and hanging it in style. The added touch of decorative stones elevates the visual appeal, but it's not necessary to cultivate a thriving planter.

Whether you have a collection of petite jars or a few larger ones, this project is adaptable to a variety of sizes. Give new purpose to your unused glassware and bring life to your living quarters.

4. Step It Up: Repurpose Shoes into Eye-catching Planters

Yes, even shoes can be repurposed into planters. This idea can add a little quirk to your porch or garden, and your old footwear doesn't have to end up in the landfill. 

Transform any type of shoe into a stylish and functional planter, as demonstrated with boots in the video tutorial. From sneakers to rain boots, and any other closed-toe shoes, the possibilities are endless.

Ensure proper drainage by adding a layer of rocks to the bottom of your shoe, before filling it with soil. Display your new shoe planters on the ground, nestled among your other plants, or use the laces to create a hanging display. Get creative and add a touch of fun to your garden today!

Any type of shoe can be turned into a planter. In this video, we see boots. However, you can get the same results using sneakers, rain boots, or any other closed toe shoe you have around. 

5. Sustainable Style: Turn Plastic Bottles into Self-Watering Planters

Transform a common plastic bottle into a unique, self-watering planter with ease! Here's how:

You'll need a bottle, a craft knife, and a piece of twine. First, cut your bottle in half, with the bottom serving as a water reservoir and the top being the home for your plant.

Next, make a hole in the cap and thread the twine through, ensuring that most of the twine is visible at the top of the cap. Secure the twine in place by tying a knot on the bottom side.

Place the cap, now upside down, into the water and voila! Your twine functions as a wicking system, allowing the plant roots to easily access water and stay hydrated.

By following these simple steps, you can upcycle a plastic bottle into a creative and functional self-watering planter. So get creative and give new life to a recycled bottle!

We have covered just a few recycled planters, but there are many other household items you can use for a plant home. Use these basic ideas to expand your sustainable garden and continue the creation. What have you come up with?

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