Thrift Store Finds For Planters

Thrift Store Finds For Planters
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I love thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, and repurposing what I have.  I recently went digging in my stuff as well as on an adventure to these places to find items I could repurpose into planters for the summer!

Let’s Start with the process …

First find something you want to turn into a planter.  I’ll be using this watering can that I found at the flea market.

I added some dirt into the watering can with a garden shovel.  Optional – I use gardening gloves to protect my hands.

I pulled the flowers out of the plastic container they came in.  If the flowers are in the container kind of tight, give the plastic container a little squeeze to help loosen them.

I placed my flowers into my watering can on top of the dirt inside.

I added some more dirt around the flowers and pressed down around the roots to make sure I got them planted in the watering can securely.

I watered the flowers a little after planting to hydrate them.

I placed my planter where I wanted to display it.

Let’s look at a few other’s I made…

I found this sauce holder minus all the cups at the thrift store.

I removed basil, rosemary, and parsley from their plastic containers and replanted them in dollar tree pots.  I placed the flower pots in the holes in the sauce holder and I now have an herb planter for inside my home.

This is an old fondue pot that I found.

I used the top bowl to plant some lavender in and placed it on my porch.  Not only does it smell wonderful, it also is a bug repellent.

I planted some flowers in my son’s old Tonka Truck.  I added some dirt to the back and then planted the flowers in the it.

I used an old pot and added some flowers in it for my front porch.

I planted a mini rose plant in this tea cup.

This was a pumpkin candle holder and I placed a flower pot that I added basil to in the center.

I planted lavender in a thrift store tin pail I found.  I placed the pail inside a clearance Easter Basket and made it into a hanging planter.

This one consists of a candle holder that I hot glued to the bottom of a glass.  I planted a small flower into the glass and set it on my front porch.

Here is my plant stand on my front porch.  I planted flowers in a mini strainer, a tea pot, an old bunt pan, and you can see the blue pot on the bottom.

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Comments (28)

  • Did you need to drill drainage holes in the bottoms of your creative containers? If so how did you keep the plastic ones (esp Easter basket) from splitting? Thanks!

    • You can drill drainage holes in the bottom if you want. You can also add a small amount of rocks to the bottom to bring up the level of the soil for drainage. I don’t tend to drill holes in mine. I water lightly, just enough to keep the soil damp but not “wet”. This has worked very well for me. None of the thrift store containers I used were plastic, even the one inside the Easter basket was metal. 🙂 Hope this helps.

  • These are such great ideas Chas! You make my brain think. LOL I can’t do a dump truck right now because my grandson wouldn’t be happy but maybe in the future. 🙂 Garage sale season is here so who knows what I’ll find.

  • They all turned gorgeous and thanks for the inspirations..

  • creative ideas and liked the Tonka truck one- guess we all need to look more around the house at repurposing

    • Thank you Sue. I had just pulled that one out of one of the kid’s storage boxes to clean it up and decide what to do with it sine the kids don’t play with it anymore.

  • Putting drainage holes in plastic – use a screwdriver or knife or big old serving fork. Heat the metal part up and poke through the bottom of pot. Put the pot on ground so tool can go all the way through and not burn anything. Or turn pot upside down and poke through.bottom.

    Also. You can use chunks of Styrofoam instead of rocks in your pots.
    Much easier to lift or carry pots around.

  • These type of containers look more interesting than just clay pots. Love your ideas-

  • I love repurposing old containers, too. You came up with some great ones!

  • I tried to pick a favorite and ended up with two: the fondue pot and the Tonka truck. Love the eclectic potting choices you’ve put together.

  • These are so cute! I love the watering can especially. <3

  • Love the Tonka Truck. Makes me wish I had saved some of the kids toys to reuse. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    • Thank you Donna. We just pulled that one out to try and decide what to do with it. I was having a hard time letting it go with all the memories.

  • I love all of these ideas! The watering can is my fav. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!

    • Thank you Kim, I love that find too. I was with my dad at a flea market when I picked it up. He fell in love with it too because it was so old.

  • Chas, I love these ideas! The teacup and saucer are priceless and the old Tonka Truck really made me smile. Sharing later today on the Hearth and Soul Link Party page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

  • What a fun collection of ideas. We have a few repurposed old planters in our garden too, not quite as many as you though! I love the little tea cup, it’s so sweet.


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