15 Ingenious DIY Outdoor Garden Planter Ideas For A Versatile Garden


Part of the beauty of having a garden is the fact that you are in control. You decide what look you want, what flowers will be planted where, if there will be vegetables, and whether or not you want certain things growing. You can personally design the landscape to create any kind of atmosphere, and as time goes on, the ways to customize your garden space are only increasing.

Although you hold the initial designing power, once you put a plant into the ground, it has to stay there. You can always dig around the roots and attempt to relocate it, but lets be honest; that’s a lot of work, not to mention you risk killing the plant. The perfect solution to keeping your garden versatile is to use planters! They allow you to plant whatever you want, while also keeping the option open for you to move things around.

Having a set of good planters for your garden is almost essential. Planters can be used for almost any plant, given that you have the right size. They are manufactured and sold in many different styles, and there is nothing wrong with finding the right planter from the store. However, by doing it yourself, you are choosing to put your own character and style into your garden.

Check out these examples of some other DIY planters, and decide if any of them will work well in your garden!

1. Soda Bottle Planters


These two-liter soda bottles are such a common craft item that it is no surprise to see them used here as small planters! Simply cut out a long section on one side of the bottle to create the perfect little container for any herbs or small plants.

2. Bamboo Pipes

Bamboo Planter

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Bamboo is an incredible material. Its outer structure is one of the strongest natural materials that we use. Here, a section of bamboo was cut from the limb to allow the plants to grow, creating this attractive design.

3. Bicycle Planter


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What better way to put an old rusty bike to use than to incorporate it into your garden! A planter installed in front of the handlebars and behind the seat creates a classy and creative look.

4. Bird Cage Planter


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A vintage bird feeder is a great addition to any garden, no matter what you use it for. Here, used as a planter, it creates an elegant look, with vines gently draped over the sides and through the bars.

5. Canoe Planter


If you have a set of large plants you are looking to add to your garden space, and an old canoe that is rotting away in your backyard, this might be the perfect idea to get those plants growing and find a use for an otherwise retired item!

6. Concrete Blocks


Serving as multiple planters as well as a retaining wall, these concrete bricks stacked upon each other look great and also add a unique style factor to any garden.

7. Painted Chair Planter


Any old chair that you no longer use can be painted and altered to become a unique and stylish planter! Simply pop out the bottom and use a pot big enough to sit in the frame, and you have your own garden planter creation!

8. Concrete Bowl Planters


In the instance that you have more concrete than you know what to do with, keep these bowl planters in mind. They will stand against the elements and last you a lifetime.

9. Herb Wall Planter


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All you need to build this Herb Wall Planter is a good amount of wood and the ingenuity to create something special. This design works great for herbs and small plants alike!

10. Kerosene Drum Planters


It’s hard to believe these colorful drums once held a toxic and flammable chemical! It just goes to show that with the right mindset and some creativity, there is no end to what you can do with recycled items in your garden.

11. Log Planter


A design that takes a little more effort than most, but the end result is truly awesome. To create one of your own log planters, cut out the inside of the log, leaving only the outer shell, and fill with soil.

12. Mason Jar Planters


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These adorable mason jar planters are perfect for an indoor herb garden, or any small plants that you may want to have in your outdoor garden. Fasten them to a hanger as shown here, or simply place the mason jars in your desired spot.

13. Square Pallet Planters


If you know where to get wooden pallets or even have a few laying around, these small box planters are a great use of old pallet wood. You can create various different sizes to meet the needs of various plants, and all for an inexpensive cost!

14. Tea-Cup Tire Planters


These Tea Cup Tire planters are a true creation to behold. Use different sizes of tire to create the look you want, and paint the outside to get an even more attractive look.

15. Painted Tire Planters


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A bright and vibrant example, these painted tires are sure to liven up your garden space. The different sizes and shapes of tire stacked next to each other creates a unique display of creativity and ingenuity.