We love upcycling. Re-using and/or repurposing one item for something else helps us reduce our waste and save money. And as gardening and planting season rolls around, I'm always looking for new planters. That's why I created this fun list of DIY planters for indoors and outdoors.
DIY Planters for Outdoors
This year we've been working on renovating our washrooms. Yes, we do have an indoor plumbing system for our off grid toilets. And there is a bunch of construction debris to get rid of. Including a couple of old pedestal sinks.
My daughter thinks they'll make excellent birdbaths or planters. She's ready to paint them and set them up in our garden bed. And after seeing the cute DIY cork bird feeder she made, I think I'll let her!
When you're making DIY planters for the outdoors, think ahead through the seasons. Will you carry them indoors once the snow flies? If not, choose materials that will withstand cold temperatures.
And before I forget, if you're looking for other garden activities, check out these 15 Fun DIY Garden Projects using upcycled materials.
DIY Planters for Indoors
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I've used all sorts of things for indoor planters, including chipped teacups, old mason jars, baskets, even cloth bags. Always make sure you use a liner to avoid spills. Also, check your indoor planters for drainage holes. If needed, drill a hole and put a tray underneath.
If you can't (or won't) drill a hole in the planter for drainage, add some rocks, broken pottery bits, or pebbles to the bottom of the planter. This lets the water pool at the bottom, below the plant roots. It helps avoid plant rot.
When we planted beans indoors, we didn't do this for some of our dried beans. Those plants rotted. And as I had carefully calculated how much to plant per person for our family, I had to supplement our food supply with store-bought dried beans instead.
Looking for some creative DIY planter ideas for indoors or out? I was - and here are a few of my favorites from around the internet!
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