Southern Lady Magazine

Creative Ways with Floral Containers

Give a whole new meaning to the term “green thumb” by recycling a variety of containers into fabulous plant holders.

Gardeners possess a wheelbarrow full of creativity, along with unfailing optimism for what might be. With this penchant for possibilities in mind, look beyond an object’s original purpose to fashion it into a clever garden accent. You can try any of the items we turned into floral containers—buckets, baskets, wire lanterns, and even an old metal funnel—but the ideas are endless. Why, at this very moment, your garage may be bursting with household castaways that would make excellent outdoor containers.

It is easy to picture a woven basket as a planter, but what about an old bucket or a child’s sand pail? Take this notion a step further to repurpose a wooden crate or rusty wagon into a supplementary garden by filling it with a mix of succulents, favorite flowers, or flowering herbs. Add casters to enamel washtubs or wooden soda boxes for more cartable containers that can be rolled practically anywhere for a spot of color. Search yard sales for inexpensive items that may otherwise be destined for the landfill, and give them a new lease on life in your own backyard. With a little ingenuity and resourcefulness, you can transform almost anything into a place to plant. Continue reading for a few of our favorite concepts. 

A TISKET, A TASKET

An ecochic basket! Colorful woven baskets from Hobby Lobby are made of recycled materials so you can be environmentally responsible and brilliantly stylish at the same time. They look quite fetching when planted with a mix of bright blooms and displayed on a patio or porch.

BLOOMING BOX

Transform a rustic wooden crate into a portable planter with the addition of rolling casters. Simply fill the crate with an eye-pleasing collection of plants and flowers, then take it for a spin to find the best location to soak up the sunshine—and to attract appreciative oohs and aahs.

HANGING AROUND

Though intended to hold votive candles, these wire baskets make attractive hanging containers for succulent plants. Line the inside of each basket with florist’s moss to contain potting soil. Add plants, then enjoy as single pops of color, or group together for a bigger visual impact.

PAPER TRAIL

Turn plain-Jane pails into ravishing beauties by gussying them up with pretty vintage papers found at flea markets or through online vendors. Apply a coat of Mod Podge decoupage glue to adhere the paper, and seal with a couple more coats. Plant a variety of veggies—tomatoes and peppers work especially well—to create your own patio garden.

CHAIN LINK

A cast-off metal funnel performs a creative new function when fitted with links of chain and filled with beautiful flowering herbs or other plants. The spout facilitates drainage, and the addition of an S hook allows easy hanging anywhere you please.