5 (MORE) Funky Junky Free Planters!

Gardening in a budget doesn’t have to be a struggle, even if you’re into container gardening! Yes, planters can definitely be expensive, but they don’t have to break your budget. In fact, there are lots of great ideas for free planters!

If you’re looking for free planter ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five more free planter ideas!

(Don’t forget to read the original post with 5 free planter ideas!)

#1. Wine Boxes and Fruit Crates


Wine boxes and fruit crates make great free planters! Check with your local liquor stores, grocery stores, and orchards for possible free wooden crates and boxes. Some businesses reuse their crates, but others may be glad to get rid of them. If you’ll be using a wooden box for your planter, it’s a good idea to line it with plastic to prevent rot. You can even go a step further and make wicking planters to keep your plants evenly watered!

#2. Wheelbarrows

Wheelbarrow Planter

Wheelbarrow Planter

Have an old wheelbarrow around? Turn it into a free planter with style! Just drill some drainage holes in the bottom, fill it with soil or compost, and plant away. You can grow vegetables in wheelbarrows, but I think they make an awesome display when planted with a mix of colorful flowers.

#3. Plastic Buckets


You probably don’t think that ugly 5 gallon plastic buckets make good planters, but hey—if they don’t cost you anything, I say they make great free planters! All they need is a little upcycling to pretty them up. Remove the handles and paint them bright colors, or cover them with burlap like the one pictured above. And, don’t forget to wash them out well and drill some holes in the bottom for drainage.

#4. Kitchen Colanders


Old colanders make awesome free planters! They’re about the right size for many plants, they already have drainage holes, and you can hang them. If a colander isn’t as pretty as you’d like, just break out the spray paint. Even if you don’t have any old colanders around, you can usually pick these up for a buck at most dollar stores. To keep the soil contained in the colander, line it with coffee filters or sphagnum moss first.

#5. Wooden Pallets

If you can get your hands on some free pallets and you’re a little handy, you can make yourself some free planters. This idea requires a little more work than the other free planters, but it’s oh so worth it! There are a number of ways to convert free pallets into free planters, but I love this DIY pallet planter tutorial from Foxy Folksy! The tutorial is easy to follow, and the product is a large planter that can be used for at least a couple of years. You can also seal the wood to make it last even longer.


I’d love to hear about any free planters you’ve found or made! Leave a comment below to share your ideas and creations!