Budget Friendly Vintage Container Gardens – Planters

Written by on May 28, 2013 in home decor, Seasonal with 2 Comments

vintage containers plantersIn one of my recent articles, I mentioned finding vintage items to use as containers for my patio and backyard area. I wanted to continue along this theme since Summer is just around the corner and people are getting their flowers planted now.

It’s really easy, can be very budget friendly, and it’s always great to recycle or upcycle vintage items as planters or containers for your flowers. Look in the garage, attic, basement and shed. You may well find something you already own to use as an interesting planter.

Virtually anything will work — just needs to be able to hold some potting soil and have holes for drainage (you can drill or poke a few holes in whatever you choose. You don’t want root rot!)

Vintage Container Ideas

The list is really almost endless. I looked at some of the stuff from the booth and found a lot of items that could be used as planters. Here are a few:

  • enameled wash basins
  • buckets and barrels
  • crates and crocks
  • old milk box (metal with hinged lid)
  • cast iron or copper pots
  • large colander (they already have holes!)
  • Urns of all shapes,  sizes and out of different materials (concrete, pottery, plastic, etc…)
  • tin cans
  • galvanized wash tubs
  • wagons
  • watering cans
  • birdcages
  • old paint cans (cleaned very well)
  • tool boxes or tackle boxes
  • and more…

So, before you head off to that big box or home improvement store, take a look around the house — at a vintage or antique mall, yard sales, auctions and online auctions or vintage stores like eBay or Etsy. Here are some ideas from Vintage With A Twist:

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Repurposing vintage items to use as planters will add character, interest, whimsy and just plain fun to your yard!

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  1. Wow! I really love these suggestions! It would certainly help financially, and in this economy it is always great to get a bit of help. Because I love gardening, I really would hate to give up planting my seasonal flowers, but I do tend to run out of pots and I simply will not buy more. Headed to the attic :)

  2. BuckHawk says:

    I do love to plant in unusual or weird containers. Somehow my flowers just look lovelier. Hm, or is it that the flowers make the container look lovelier? Well, either way, I really like your suggestions. I need to add just a few more containers this year.

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