3 ideas to upcycle containers into planters

Planters are expensive. I was at Menard’s today and needed a pot to put some of my herbs in.  A big, PLASTIC, pot was $39.99.  I just can’t pay that much for plastic.  So I decided to use some of the containers that I have in my house and garage.  Upcycling is good for the environment, keeps waste of of the landfills, and is a lot cheaper than paying for plastic at Menard’s.

1. Teapot. I bought this teapot from a thrift store in college.  I thought it was beautiful.  When I got married, my husband was pouring me some tea one day and all the water from the teapot dumped on him and he got a pretty bad burn (apparently the lid didn’t function very well).  Needless to say, we bought a new teapot.  I never threw this one away though because I loved it.  My mom had the great idea to use it as a planter.  I think it’s so cute! Can’t wait to find another awesome teapot at Goodwill someday to add to my collection.

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2. Tea Tins.  Old tea tins make great planters.  They are made of metal so you don’t even have to worry about BPA.  My goal is to have an herbal tea garden; my tea tins make the best containers for my garden! All I did was make four small holes on the bottom of each tin with a hammer and a nail for drainage.  Then I planted my herbs.  Instant container herbal tea garden!

Upcycled Black Tea Tin.  Currently growing Lemon Balm.

Upcycled Black Tea Tin. Currently growing Lemon Balm.

Upcycled Tazo Tea Tin.  Currently growing Parsley.

Upcycled Tazo Tea Tin. Currently growing Parsley.

3. Cat Litter Container. The containers that cat litter comes in make great planters! The plastic seems to be even sturdier than the plastic pots at Menard’s.  I gave each container a rinse before I drilled some holes in the bottom for drainage and added dirt.  The last thing that I want to do is work on getting the Tidy Cat sticker off the container.  If that doesn’t work I’m going to cover the bottom of the container with colored contact paper.  Another option would be to spray paint the containers.  Even though that would probably give you the best visual appeal, I didn’t feel like putting in the effort.

Tidy Cat Litter Container.  Currently being used to grow heirloom tomatoes.

Tidy Cat Litter Container. Currently being used to grow heirloom tomatoes.

What are some things that you have upcycled to create planters?

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