Don't limit yourself to terra-cotta pots and decorative planters for that next gardening project. Reuse old furniture, broken equipment, or even part of your wardrobe to add some unique touches to any garden or outdoor living space. Converting everyday objects into gardening containers can be a fun DIY project in itself, and some objects will completely transform the area.
Here are 10 quirky options for container gardening:
Boots. Adult-sized boots are just large enough to hold small potted plants. Remove the laces and cut out any labels to turn the boots into an attractive planter. While well-worn hiking boots can create a rustic look, sloshers are often available in bright colors and fun patterns.1.
2. Broken equipment. An out-of-use grape destemmer can be brought back to life when filled with flowers and foliage -- and this goes for any broken-down equipment. Just line the interior with plastic and some flower pots to turn it into an instant container for the garden.
Used tires. Large tires can add some character to empty porches and raised areas of the garden. Line the inside of the tire with plastic and fill with soil or a small planter.3.
4. Toy chest. An discar ded toy chest is the perfect size for larger plants. It can easily be turned into a mini flowerbed while giving an outdoor space a playful touch. Look for a container with a unique design or a splash of color to make it the focal point of the outdoor space.5. Vintage bikes. Convert an old bike into a work of art by attaching some flower and plant containers to the frame. The wheels of the bike will serve as pedestals for large containers of colorful flowers and plants.
Antique chairs and stools. Intricately designed chairs and stools are perfect for holding a large flower pot or garden container. Use them to display different sizes of flower pots and plant containers. Line up different heights of chairs and stools for a unique effect on the porch or somewhere in the garden.6.
Birdcages. Fill a birdcage with beautiful blooms to create a fun, whimsical look. Larger birdcages can hold several different pots of flowers and plants, and can be set atop a concrete pedestal or other raised surface in the garden.7.
Tote boxes. Oversized tote boxes are sturdy containers for tomato plants and other vegetables. You could even turn these into self-watering containers by cutting out space for a pipe in the lid. Choose colorful totes that complement the theme of your garden.8.
Old watering cans. Vintage and even rusty watering cans can be used as décor for your garden when they're converted into planters. Fill the cans with plants and flowers, and nestle them in between other planters for an eye-catching look.9.
10. Interesting vases. Unique vases can easily become attractive containers for different plants. Use an assortment of vases of different sizes to create a cluster of plants and flowers on a table, large pedestal, or bench.