8 Garden Planters DIY Projects Even Beginners Can Complete

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If you’re a beginner gardener and are looking for ways in which to grow plants in containers, then you’re in the right place. There are certain types of garden planters that don’t require a lot of experience to build, and that look amazing at the same time. Making your own planters is a great way to make sure the result will be unique and unlike anything you could purchase from a store. Moreover, you’ll get the chance to proudly admit that the planters in your garden are your creation. Because we want to inspire you with some lovely ideas, we’ve gathered 7 garden planters DIY projects that you’re bound to love. Let’s have a look!

8 Garden Planters DIY Projects You Can Try

1. Book Planters

Perhaps one of the most creative garden planters DIY projects you’ll ever come across, this one involves making a plant container out of old books you have lying around the house. Even if you need quite a lot of materials to get the job done, and you’re going to have to invest some time in this process, the end result is definitely worth the effort. Old books make the perfect container for succulents, but you can also grow other types of plants there.

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The great thing about this idea is the fact that you can choose to decorate your garden planter however you see fit. Moreover, you can choose different books of different sizes and create a lovely collection of planters that can host your flowers. If you’re not satisfied with the way the covers of the books look, you can always spruce them up by either covering them with a completely different material or adding all sorts of decorations that can make them look better. If you’re interested in finding out the materials you’re going to need in order to complete this project and the exact steps that you have to go through, all you have to do is access the HGTV website.

2. Tire Planters

Speaking of creative garden planters DIY projects, how about making a home for your plants out of old tires? Regardless of whether you already have tires around the house that you’re not using or you simply gather some from your local car junkyard, this project shouldn’t cost you a lot of money. In fact, on the website where you can find all the instructions for creating these planters, it’s specified that the entire project won’t cost you more than $80.

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As in the case of book planters, here too you can play around with tires of different sizes and decorate them with multicolored paint. Plus, you can follow the example in the image above and create all sorts of structures by stacking the tires on top of each other. The advantage of these garden planters is that they can host larger plants as well. Thus, they provide you with much more options than in the case of a smaller container. Talk about recycled planters!

3. Vintage Planters

What if we told you that you can make your own vintage planters that are so realistic that no one will be able to tell they weren’t originally old? This garden planters DIY project requires some plain terracotta pots, a fleck stone spray, some sandpaper, and some craft paint. All these materials are quite cheap, so you won’t have to spend a lot of money on this project. Plus, the steps that you have to follow aren’t only easy to understand, but also take a minimum amount of time. You can find the exact instructions on the Imparting Grace website.

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The end result is going to consist of some realistically-looking vintage planters. They’re perfect for people who enjoy decorating their home and garden with aged items. The spray and the paint provide the pots with texture, which helps accentuate the vintage look. All in all, this project is great for beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.

4. Chandelier Planters

Another really unique yet easy way to create a planter, this one is perfect for people who are looking to repurpose an old chandelier. Even if you don’t have one, but you’d like to try this garden planter DIY project, you’ll definitely be able to find old chandeliers at the flea market for a small sum of money. However, try to visualize how you’re going to arrange your plants in it before purchasing one. Not all chandeliers have enough room for a plant – or several – to grow in it.

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For instance, in the image above, you’ll notice how the small cups surrounding the chandelier are perfect for growing plants in them. One of the biggest advantages of this type of planter is the fact that since you’re going to hang it somewhere, you can also grow plants that hang. In fact, we actually recommend you too. It would be a pity not to take advantage of the opportunity to display them the way they deserve. That being said, the last thing you should consider is whether you want to leave the chandelier as it is or paint it anew. Your choice depends a lot on whether you’re going for a vintage look or a more modern one.

5. Paint Can Planters

Another great idea for a garden planters DIY project is to use old paint cans to display your flowers. This is perhaps one of the cheapest options in today’s guide. That’s because you can use paint cans that you’ve emptied and simply decorate them with some of the paint that was inside of them. Of course, the way you want to decorate your planters is completely up to you. Still, we think the image below shows how lovely they look if splashed with some colorful paint.

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The idea to let the paint drip from the edges of the cans looks effortlessly cool and underlines the idea of a DIY. Regarding the plants that you can grow in these cans, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of varieties that work. Of course, this also depends on the size of the cans, which you can also alternate.

6. Shell Planters

If you’re looking for some garden planters DIY projects that allow you to grow miniature succulents, then you’re going to love this idea. If you leave by the sea, it’s going to be even easier for you to collect the materials you need for this project. That’s because the planters (if we can call them that way) are shells. While it’s true that you can find larger shells as well, most of them are going to be rather tiny. This is also what makes them so appealing and interesting as garden planters.

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The steps of making these planters are few and simple as well. You can find them on the Rad Megan website. One of the main benefits of having such small planters is the fact that you can place them anywhere, from a windowsill to your patio. They make for some lovely decorations that are bound to draw people’s attention whenever they visit your home.

7. Wine Corks Planters

This idea is right for you if you’re looking to spruce up the look of some otherwise dull planters. Plus, if you love textured things, you’re going to adore this garden planter DIY project even more. There are several ways in which you can complete this project. It all depends on how many materials you’re willing to invest in and how much time you want to spend providing your planters with a different look.

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If you want to go with the most basic option, all you’re going to need are some wine corks, some glue, and some paint (the color choice is completely up to you). Your job is to stick the corks on top of the containers in whichever way you see fit. Then, cover the resulting planter with paint. Now, if you’re looking for a more advanced design, the people at Design Sponge provide you with a full list of everything you’ll need and the instructions that you have to follow. Regardless of what you end up choosing, we think this is an extremely creative and low-budget project that will leave you with some interesting and unique garden planters.

8. Mason Jar Planters

If you love farmhouse style, this DIY planter idea is the one for you. Mason jars look great just about anywhere, and the garden is no exception. With a few supplies, you can put together a mini-succulent terrarium in less than 30 minutes. First, you’ll place a few rocks and pebbles at the bottom of the jar followed by your soil. Then, you’ll start with your largest succulents followed by smaller, accent succulents around the edges. Create a fun display of terrariums on a porch step or in the garden by selecting an array of sizes and colored jars. Enjoy the rustic charm this simple idea will bring to your outdoor space!

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Summing Everything Up

Garden planters are one of the most effective ways to grow plants when you don’t have that much space in your garden. The wide variety of choices can satisfy even the quirkiest of tastes. And this is precisely what we love about them. For people who are crafty and enjoy building things for themselves, some garden planters DIY projects are a perfect choice. Still, if you’re not interested in building your own, you can always purchase garden planters instead.

For instance, if you’re a fan of wooden planters, you can order this Wooden Garden Window Box from Amazon. If you’re looking for tiered planters, you might be interested in this Stackable Vegetable Planter. You can also find iron planters, such as these Ogima Hanging Flower Pots that come in multiple colors. As you can see, the choices really are endless, even when it comes to buying garden planters. All you have to do is choose your favorite one.

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