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Up-Cycling Ideas for the Garden – Pots and Planters

If you’ve old and unwanted items that you’re thinking of throwing out, think again. Why not up-cycle them by making new and unique pots and planters for your garden. It’s easy and fun to do and doesn’t cost you anything except some time!


I’ve had a tyre sitting in my garden for a while, waiting to be disposed of. But then I got thinking about ways I could use it in my garden, maybe a small pond or a planter. With a few tyres you could make an eye-catching garden features such as the gorgeous colourful ones in this photo. Simply paint with some bright colours, add a plastic liner, some drainage material and soil, and fill with colourful plants for a beautiful summer display.

Walking Boots:

I’ve also got some walking boots that are on their last legs so I plan to let them retire in the garden and become an attractive planter like the one in the photo filled with Campanula.


If you’ve got children you’ll probably have a few pairs of old wellies lying around that they’ve grown out of. Give the children a project during school holidays to up-cycle them into garden pots filled with their favourite flowers. The more the merrier!

A Car:

I guess not many people will have a car lying around or even have room for one in their back garden – but I couldn’t resist putting this photo in!

A Colander:

They make great hanging containers and come with a ready made drainage holes ready to hang in the garden!



The lid broke on my favourite tea-pot recently and I couldn’t bear to throw it out. It now has another job as a plant pot and looks gorgeous planted up with flowering plants. It is possible to carefully drill a hole in the bottom for drainage and always add some old broken terracotta pots or gravel to the bottom – or it could be used for indoor plants. An even simpler idea for a teapot is to use it as a vase for the kitchen windowsill!

Tin Cans:


My son recently gave me a gift – a hanging pot made from a tin can. He painted a lovely design on it but if like me you don’t have much artistic talent, keep them in their natural state as a plain, shiny tin! Remember to put a few drainage holes in the bottom, then simply fill with flowering plants or hanging plants such as strawberries. A good idea if you’ve run out of space in the greenhouse.

That’s it for now. I hope this has inspired you to find unwanted containers to up-cycle into useful pots and planters for your garden.


Happy Gardening!