9 Unique Repurposed Planters Made from Salvaged Materials

Clean and paint tin cans (like those from canned food) in vibrant colors. Drill drainage holes in the bottom and use them to plant herbs or small flowers.

Tin Cans

Paint and stack old tires to create a tiered planter. Fill each tier with soil and plant flowers or succulents. This works particularly well in a rustic or industrial-themed garden.

Old Tires

Turn wooden crates into vertical planters by attaching them to a wall or stacking them. Line with landscaping fabric or plastic to prevent water damage and plant a variety of herbs or trailing plants.

Wooden Crates

An old bathtub can make a charming large planter. Drill drainage holes in the bottom, fill with soil, and plant large shrubs or even a small tree. This creates a focal point in a garden or on a patio.


Use colorful rain boots or old shoes as quirky planters. Drill drainage holes, fill with soil, and plant small flowers or succulents. Hang them on a fence or place them by the front door for a whimsical touch.

Rain Boots

Repurpose mismatched teacups and saucers into tiny planters for succulents or small herbs. These look adorable on windowsills or as part of a tabletop arrangement.

Teacups and Saucers

Cut wine barrels in half vertically to create large, rustic planters. These are perfect for planting trees, large shrubs, or creating a mini kitchen garden with herbs and vegetables.

Wine Barrels

Break down a pallet and reconstruct it into a vertical garden by attaching pots or planters to the slats. Lean it against a wall or fence for a space-saving garden solution.


Upcycle old furniture like drawers or chairs into planters. Remove drawers from a dresser and fill each tier with plants. Chairs can be used with the seat removed and replaced with a planter, creating a unique statement piece.

Old Furniture