5 Funky Junky Free Planters!

Spring has sprung and its time to get that patio in shape! If you’ve checked out the price of planters in your local store lately, you might find that the beautiful container garden you’ve been planning all winter is just beyond reach.

I know the last time I went shopping for planters I was blown away at some of the prices! Yes, some of them were super pretty, but not quite that pretty! So, I went in search of a few “alternative” (meaning FREE) planters.

It turns out that I’m not the only one interested in free planters that are still stylish and fun. With a little ingenuity, creativity, and some upcycling skills, I found, you could score a few awesome free planters!

Here are some of my favorite upcycling ideas for free planters…

#1. Rain Boots

If you have some lying around, colorful rain boots make adorable free planters! The kids old rain boots would be perfect for this. You can set them right on your porch, or you could follow Rosy Posy’s example, and hang them from your fence!

#2. Bathroom Fixtures


Bathroom remodel? Toilet planters aren’t for everyone, but they sure can be…interesting! Not into the redneck chic look? You can also use just the toilet tank, which isn’t as obvious. Bathtubs also make great planters, especially if you can get your hands on an old clawfoot tub! I personally think the pedestal sink planter from Quilted Pixel takes the cake, though!

#3. Tires


If you have some old tires laying around, then you have some free planters. Plus, it helps give those tires that would normally end up in a landfill new life! You can use the tires as is, but you can also pretty them up a little with some weatherproof paint. If you’re looking for a really interesting tire planter idea, check out this hanging tire planter from DIY Showoff.

#4. Toolboxes



For a more masculine look, try reusing old toolboxes as planters. You can often find these at thrift stores or antique co-ops for pretty cheap, or better yet, you can get yourself some free planters if you already have old toolboxes around. Make sure your toolboxes are completely clean and free of grease. You should also line wooden toolboxes with plastic to prevent rot.

#5. Coffee Cans


Drinking lots of coffee does have lots of advantages, besides the obvious caffeine jolt, of course! All of that coffee means that you’ll have lots of coffee cans to turn into free planters! Your coffee can planters don’t have to be plain and cheap looking either. These painted tin can planters from The Crafted Sparrow, for instance, are just adorable!