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50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas


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50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas

50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas


Why Recycled?

For many who are challenged with space and lifestyle, container gardening for flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs provides the perfect platform to get the creative juices flowing. Apart from having a unique look, using recycled items will create a focus in your garden or living space that oozes originality, making the usual containers seem boring!

Ceramic Watering Can as Planter

Container Gardening Ideas

Thinking outside the box on what types of Containers can be utilized for gardening; can be enlightening, fun and very easy on the finances.

Household budgets are tighter with less disposable income available today. Different containers are all around us and are often everyday items crying out to be recycled and reused.

Before planting up your new containers, please do spare a thought for drainage issues and what the items are made of.

If there are any potentially harmful substances (e.g. residues from cleaning products), alterations and modifications may be needed as they were not originally intended as plant containers. With thorough cleaning, liners, drainage holes or other minor adjustments, you will be all set!


50 Of The Best

With so many possibilities are out there, here are 50 of my favourite container gardening ideas. Many may be hiding in your attic, garage or kitchen cupboards while others may be purchased at a low cost or even free. They are original, eyecatching and many would make great gift ideas. Look out for the slightly obscure, showing the sky’s truly the limit when it comes to imagination!


Containers From The Kitchen


1. Ice Cream Tubs – Given a wash, they make great starter plant containers.

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2. Tin Cans – All sizes may be used to give a kitsch look to an apartment for seedlings or starter plants.

3. Bread Pans – For seedlings they are a great, easily got and budget friendly container option.

4. Coffee Bags – If you are a caffeine addict (like me), this is an inventive idea for recycling the bags for hanging plants in. Many coffee bags are attractive and are made of durable plastic.

5. Juice Cartons – Yes, even Capri Sun cartons may be used as a starter plant idea!

6. Water Bottles – Ideal for seed planting with some minor adjustments.

7. Lunchboxes – Perfect for seedlings and starter plants.

8. Kettles - Old stainless steel ones work well with herbs displayed in your kitchen.

Oversized Coffee Cups

9. Porcelain china – White jugs or even soup bowls on a plate make very eye catching centrepieces for your patio tables with pansies, herbs, trailing Ivy or many low growing or trailing annuals. Oversized coffee cups planted look funky as centrepieces in cafes and coffee shops.

10. Mop Bucket – Stainless Steel or bright plastic, they are so versatile for indoor or outdoor.

11. Weaved Baskets – Attractive containers for indoor use planted up or look gorgeous holding small pots of herbs in the kitchen.

12. Picnic Baskets – With minor alterations, baskets look so inviting when full of plants and are ideal for indoors or outdoors depending on what material it is made of.

13. Plastic food trays (e.g ready to go fruit salad comes in these) – Ideal for starter plants or seedling trays.

Excellent Tutorials on Unusual Gardening Containers

  • DIY Container Garden | Urban Gardening Without a Yard
    This is the story of how I created a DIY container garden with a small budget and no yard.
  • Unusual Container Gardens
    Container gardens can be made of almost anything. Here are some unusual ideas by Writer and Gardening Enthusiast Kerry Michaels including Crocs, Re-usable Grocery Bags, Kiddies Pool Container Garden, Tea Cups and Clam Shell mini gardens.

14. Colanders – The stainless steel ones are best but you could use brightly coloured plastic ones for bursts of colour. The beauty of a colander is it has the drainage holes already in place!

15. Recyclable Shopping Bags – Excellent if they are the waterproof kind with the liners already inside.

16. Old Sacks – Small ones such as sugar or flour sacks will give a beat up charm to any kitchen when planted.

Newspaper For Seedlings . . . Toilet Rolls For Starter Plants

17. Newspaper – Ordinary black and white newspaper is best, not the shiny colourful pages from magazines as they have added chemicals. Seedlings or even starter plants are perfect in your new creations!

18. Chinese food takeout cartons – These with a good clean out are a funky idea for starter plants, particularly of Chinese origin and make cute gifts.

19. Orange crate boxes – Easily recycled for a rustic burst of colour.

20. Toilet Rolls- Instead of sending your loo rolls to the recycle bin, hold onto them and recycle them yourself into seedling pots.


Shoes, Boots and Trainers . . . Will Thank You!


21. Shoes – Not you’re favourite Jimmy Choos or Louboutins but it is amazing how an old pair of stilettos, pumps, work boots or wellie boots can be transformed!

22. Crocs – Yes, they too can be used and with succulents or small plants peering through the holes, look so trendy. They can be easily hung utilizing the strap at the back.

23. Wellies - As shown in the opening photo, wellington boots make great plant containers, the brighter the better! They are great for all kinds of starter plants or why not mix it up with bright annuals. Displayed on decking, patios or even balcony's, wellies are fun!

24. Old Work Boots - Probably keen to get rid of them, you can give them a new purpose and recycle them for plants. They will certainly add a rustic charm in the rockery or flower beds.

25. Trainers – Yes even the dodgy looking trainers buried in the attic are usable!

26. Dresser Drawers – Before you decide to chuck that broken, old looking dresser, take out the drawers and use for seeds, starter plants, vegetables, herbs or low growing annuals. With a few drawers you can have great variety in plants and show a great example of how a deconstructed item may be given a new lease of life.

27. Old Wooden Chair – The seat can be transformed to hold a potted plant and trailing plants such as Petunias, Impatiens, Calibrachoa and Ivy, look eye catching trailed through the back and legs of the chair.


Vintage Baby Stroller


28. Baby Stroller – The vintage ones are the best and you never know where one may pop up, so keep it in mind. Storage Units, Auction Houses, Warehouse Clearance and Thrift shops are worth remembering if this idea appeals to you.

29. Baby Bathtub – Provides interest in shape and a great option for starter plants, herbs, succulents and even cacti.

30. Kiddies Paddling Pool – These may be bought cheaply if you don’t have one but really fancy this idea. These are excellent for creating a strong visual display in your garden.

31. Kids Toy Dump Truck – Often discarded, these make fun containers for the kids to get involved with and have a gardening project to do. Try ferns or succulents in them.

32. Kick Balls – Look very contemporary when transformed into hanging baskets.


Take a Look Around Your Garden and Garage, You May See Possibilities Such as Tires, Watering Cans and Galvanized Buckets as Shown Below


33. Old Tyres/ Tires – These may be used alone or stacked for an unusual feature. Paint them plain or in a design, do it as a fun activity with the kids, they will love it!

34. Toolboxes /Tackle boxes – These make perfect containers ( including the flip-top varieties) that can easily be moved around the garden and are Ideal for using as a window box, adding a bit of stylish creativity.

35. Watering Cans – Not just for watering your plants but may be transformed into a container itself

36. Rusty Guttering - From the roof to the garden, this planted up makes any space brighten up, looks great alongside railings of apartments, used as a window box or perched on top of a low wall

37. Wheelbarrows – Stunning planted up with bushy and trailing plants in the summer, all bursting with vibrancy. Wheelbarrows can equally be used to hold pots of plants and flowers that will give height and texture to the display.

38. Galvanized Buckets - Make ideal containers for a great display of all plants. Why not think of a colour scheme to base your plant choice around. Go for a Mediterranean feel with Lavender planted in of this container.

39. Plastic Planters – Recycle any plastic flower pots that are lying around. With a mild sandpapering, these are brilliant for kids to paint and plant up.


Unusual Container Ideas in a Car, School Desk and a Shopping Trolley - Go Figure!

from my good friend Bill Holland


40. A car (I kid you not!!) – Well, it can be done!

41. Sink – The Belfast sink looks the business planted up. Make sure you are happy with the location before commencing as they are impossible to move later!

42. Bathtub – Another great idea that requires careful planning, but does create a buzz with visitors!

43. Old Rowboat – Planted up with different plants, why not think spring bulbs or herb garden for an inspirational theme that will enhance the character and charm of a rowboat.

44. Old School Post Boxes – With their sculptured design they look fabulous displayed indoors or outdoors when planted and bring some character into a setting.

45. Beer Barrels – A real talking point when blooming with colour.

46. Aquarium – If you have an old one don’t get rid of it. Planted up with soil and plants, it makes an eye catching addition indoors. Being transparent, it adds great interest to a room and is sure to be a talking point with visitors!

47. Motorcycle / Bicycle Helmet – These could be great gifts for Motorbike / Cycling enthusiasts with an interest in horticulture!

48. Writing Desk – If you have one that is damaged, try it as a feature for your garden or even inside the home with indoor plants for a unique look.

49. Supermarket Trolley - Often found dumped in a canal or river, they look great for woodland themed gardens. I am not for one minute advocating you go to your local and pick up a few from the trolley bays!

50. Pony and Trap Cart - In Ireland this was the form of transport. Think John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the classic film "The Quiet Man". Many carts have been saved thankfully and today are used as stunning floral displays as shown in this photo I took in our local village.


Old Irish Pony and Trap Cart


How Green Are You??

Be Green . . .Recycle

As you can see, there are many items that with a little imagination and some minor alterations may be turned into a unique container for your plants. If you have any further suggestions or have used other items, please feel free to add to the list, the more the merrier!

Happy Planting!


Great Tips From Bill Holland -

  • Frugal Gardening Tips: Living Simple
    Why spend money on gardening when everything you need you already have? There are many ways to have a fruitful garden and not spend loads of cash.

For further information on the author Suzie HQ and to see a full listing of her work, please click here


A Great Idea From Mary615 -

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50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas - Comments

Lisa Bean from Virginia on January 21, 2019:

You have some great tips and cute pictures in this article. I haven't had great luck using recycled containers. Somehow the lack of drainage seems to get me in trouble with overwatering. I have found I have great success growing plants in pots but only if the drainage is sufficient so I don't accidentally overwater any of my plants!

inese lewis on November 26, 2015:

I invest my time heavily in garden recycling. I love experimenting and creating .Your hub pages inspire me. Where can I post some pics from my backyard garden? Just want to share ideas.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 24, 2015:

I just love coming back to this hub. Such clever ideas. I found a pair of antique shoes, waterproofed the leather and planted yellow and white baby daisies inside. I get lots of compliments on these planters.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 28, 2015:

Suzanne, I give this a two thumbs up if I could. Great ideas. I would think of these ideas for expanding my container garden next year. Voted up for super useful!

Nicole Grizzle from Georgia on April 09, 2015:

These are the cutest! I was just about to throw out some old boots, but after reading this article I put some really beautiful marigolds growing in them. Thanks for the ideas!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2015:

Not familiar with Herbalife Canisters I'm afraid. Try both and see which is better, they may both work well.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2015:

Thanks BarbaraCasey love the colander too!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2015:

Cheers lawrence01 tires are wonderfully useful.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2015:

Thanks so much glad you enjoyed, much appreciate your comment!

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on January 25, 2015:

Fantastic hub! I love the rain boots and the kiddie pool idea. Thank you so much.

Nightblade on November 26, 2014:

Any ideas for Herbalife Canisters? Would they work better horizontal or vertical?

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on October 01, 2014:

I LOVE these cute, diverse & colourful containers!

BarbaraCasey on October 01, 2014:

Wonderful compilation of ideas. Love the colander-with-pre-made-holes concept.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on October 01, 2014:

Great ideas. I've used the old tires for potatoes

Fay Favored from USA on October 01, 2014:

Thanks for such a great list of new ideas. Haven't brought myself to gardening from old china, but I do think it's pretty. As for old shoes, I tried it but my husband wouldn't take his foot out of it :) Adding it to my gardening board.

Eugene Brennan from Ireland on May 31, 2014:

Here's another one for your list Suzanne. The inner stainless steel drums from washing machines. They even have pre-drilled drainage holes, stay shiny and don't rust. The drums from spin driers are similar but smaller diameter, but probably not as common nowadays. Chimney pots/flues can also be used (something would have to be wedged into the bottom to stop compost falling out).

Debra Allen from West By God on May 20, 2014:

Oh so cool and great ideas. Some other will love these ideas and I am going to add you link here to my link about gardening anywhere. This is a perfect match for that!!

Bao from Tualatin on April 15, 2014:

Great Ideas, anyone have ideas on how to make a self-watering system out of Herbalife Canisters and Milk jugs? I have been looking at the Alexandria Heron's Fountain and trying to incorporate the two ideas into one. Any thoughts?

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on March 06, 2014:

This was beautiful. All the ideas mentioned are too good and I loved them all. All the things that are mentioned above are usually present in the house. This hub gave me a better idea to use them rather than disposing them off. Thanks for the valuable information. :)

kerlund74 from Sweden on February 16, 2014:

Such a beautiful and inspiring hub. I love gardening and I know flower pots can cost a fortune. I will soon be of to plant my seeds for this year. I earlier knew about planting them in toilet rolls, I think that is a great idea. When my plants grew bigger I will come back here to get inspired.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on January 24, 2014:

Oh what inspiring container ideas. I have some houseplants that are excited about a new home like some of these suggestions! Love the pictures!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 02, 2013:

Hi bac2basics,

Many thanks and did adore your hub by the way, love the stone planters you made! Appreciate your comments and support!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 02, 2013:

Hi Rose,

So good to see you and delighted you enjoyed this one!i love containers and paint terracotta ones which i have sold in markets, shops and privately. Even color co-ordinated for rooms and plants. Love the boot planters too you could see them in many places even a restaurant or pub called "The Old Boot" which I saw on TV recently in a movie! Thanks so much for votes, your interest is always welcome and appreciated!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 02, 2013:

Hi suzzycue,

A lady after my own heart who loves decorating things! If it has a bottom in it it can be reused for planting is a good rule of thumb of mine!LOL Thanks so much for your great support in votes and shares, you are so good!!

Anne from United Kingdom on September 01, 2013:

Hi Suzie.

I loved this hub and your inventive ideas. I have used quite a few of them too in my gardening years. You may like to check out my hub on how to build stone planters, all they cost me was a few euros for the sand and cement and a bit of time and effort as I gathered the stone from around where I live and built them myself. It was easy and rewarding.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on September 01, 2013:

Great article! These are amazing ideas and so creative. It is amazing how items can be recycled into useful and beautiful pieces. I love the blue wheelbarrow and the colourful boot planters. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on September 01, 2013:

I voted this across the board. You know this hub is right up my ally to decorate with found objects. Pinned and shared and voted up. Love this to pieces!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 29, 2013:


Glad you enjoyed these suggestions and hope you try out a few! Thanks for popping by!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2013:

Most creative suggestions and truly amazingly thought off

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 26, 2013:

Hi Monis Mas,

Many thanks for your interest and comment. Glad you found the ideas fun and intriguing. I love unusual containers and being creative.

Agnes on August 26, 2013:

Fantastic ideas. I love the rain boots, and the vintage baby stroller. It's mazing how we can reuse things, and make something absolutely beautiful and original.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 26, 2013:

Hi laura,

Thanks for those ideas, plastic pots I have painted many times and used in recycling ways. Great suggestions you have, appreciate your thoughts and for comment!

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on June 26, 2013:

Old, discolored or ruined plasticware works great, too, with a few drainage holes drilled in the bottom. Or you could pound in a fat nail a few times for drainage. Pop in a paper coffee filter (the round kind) and you've covered the holes to keep the dirt in and let the extra water out. Decorate, or have the kids decorate, the outside of the container in permanent marker (use caution, obviously, because it's permanent). ANY kind of craft can probably be adapted to decorate the outside. If you paint it, however, make sure the paint says that it's good for use on plastic or the plastic will melt; don't worry, there's a huge selection of colors and now spray paint is often available in small sizes (1/2 cans). (Popsicle stick box around the outside of the pot and drainage dish?) Cheers Suzie and everyone...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 25, 2013:

Hi mahua,

Many thanks for your interest in these ideas and hope you get to use a few soon! It is amazing what can be used for a container for plants around the home. Appreciate your votes and comment greatly :-)

mahua sengupta from Kolkata, India on June 25, 2013:

Innovative and lovely ideas ..... thanks for sharing this...I look forward to apply this idea in any of my recycled items....I have bookmark this hub.... as I always love to nurture with innovative ideas! I vote up for you and Awesome!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 19, 2013:

Hi Penny,

Many thanks for commenting and so glad you enjoyed the ideas! I love the shoes too, they really look super for small succulents in particular!

PennyCarey from Felton on June 18, 2013:

Such wonderful Ideas. I especially like the shoe idea, it's cute!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 10, 2013:

Hi Alun,

How great to see you my friend! Delighted to receive your comments and what an interesting story about the tires in Thailand! Love that idea how everyone uses them and different colors denotes the different villages. You are a mind of information, love it! Glad you like the wellies and the cart (my favorite and I am not biased of course!). I took the photo of the cart as we were driving through a local village here so I had to stop and take a few pics just because I loved everything about it. it was on the main street of this village next to a newsagent / general store so had to have a 99 ice cream cone and sit by the cart admiring it. Cheers for your lovely words, which mean a great deal from a writer and photographer I respect and admire greatly. Gratitude as always Alun!

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on June 10, 2013:

Suzie; Nice, useful and attractive ideas both for recycling and saving money, and for providing interesting talking points in the garden. I especially like the comical opening photo of the wellies, and the very attractive closing photo of the cart filled with flowers!

Regarding No33 - Tyres - In parts of rural Thailand the villages use old tyres for growing herbs and other plants. They can often be seen lining the roadside in front of the houses. And there's a community element to it - in each village the tyres tend to be painted in the village colours. In one village all the planters may be blue and white, while in the next they may be green or black and yellow.

Excellent useful and colourful article Suzie. Voted up. Alun.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 25, 2013:

Hi Laura,

Appreciate your input and kind words. I know what cool or cold coffee is like too! Hope you found a few useful items to recycle for plants! Happy planting :-)

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on May 24, 2013:

You're very welcome, of course, but really it is merely the truth. I learn and/or am inspired so much by hubbers, especially you and a few key others.

(I think my coffee got chilly, but I did finish it anyway when I was done scouring the house.)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 24, 2013:

Hi Laura,

Wow, your comments have really meant the world to me! Thank you Laura, I am thrilled by your enthusiasm and support. Hope you finished that cup of coffee, i love my first morning cuppa caffeine! Have fun looking for containers in the garage, i am sure you will find some lurking there in the shadows! Best not to cut up the car though! lol My partner being a car mechanic and petrol head was horrified at the pic of a part of a car used!

Appreciate your votes and kind words, truly THANK YOU!

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on May 24, 2013:

Amazingly wonderful hub! Great pictures, great dividers, great layout, great inspiration and challenge to keep things out of the landfills by reusing them, and most of all GREAT IDEAS! I'll make a trip into my own garage to see what I can use for planters (I've already roamed the house with some success and I haven't even had my first cup of coffee yet!). Voted up, excellent, etc. (You always write the BEST articles, Suzie HQ.)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 24, 2013:

Hi heidi,

Cheers for your interest here and for voting and shares. Hope you try a few cuties out!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 24, 2013:

Hi Sue,

Thanks for visiting and commenting! Lovely to hear your daughter's idea, must try that as it sounds gorgeous, thanks for the idea!! Wellies I love and this pic I fell in love with, who wouldn't?? Appreciate your support, have a great weekend :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 24, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

So lovely to receive your comments here, I am humbled by your words of praise. Containers are fascinating to me and have always loved being "different" when it comes to creating things and I hate throwing things out, a perfect combination for chaos! LOL Hope some will feature in your home or garden, thanks so much for votes and shares, it means a great deal. Have a great weekend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 24, 2013:

Hi Delores,

LOVE the boat idea so popular where you live! I have seen it used at restaurants or businesses and would love one of those. My partner however would want to restore the boat as he loves boats and wants to eventually have one in Italy, when we move, I will be doing the garden so planter ideas are just what I will be using! Thanks so much for your visit, comment and input, greatly appreciate your interest!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 23, 2013:

Sooooo cute! Voted up & shared here and on Twitter!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on May 23, 2013:

Fantastic ideas but I especially like the welllies. My daughter has utilized some clear plastic watercooler bottles. She cut the tops off, lined them with scallop shells for decoration and filled them with compost, then planted strawberry plants in them

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 23, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Lovely to read your comments, so glad you enjoy this unique look at container ideas which really are all around us! Love the idea of re-using otherwise thrown out or sold on items into something functional. Appreciate your votes and for sharing!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 23, 2013:

Suzie - Thanks so much for this magnificent hub on recycled container gardening ideas. You've provided so many great ideas here. These photos are eye-catching and help the reader to imagine what they can come up with. Very very well done!

I voted the entire group and am so happy to share this just everywhere!

I just love you!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 23, 2013:

Great ideas and I love the pictures. One of my personal favorites, popular in my area, is an old wooden rowboat or sailboat. When the boat is no good anymore, people fill them with soil and create a huge planter.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 23, 2013:

This is over-the-top awesome with ideas for reusing and upcyling containers and "stuff" that would otherwise get junked or not used. Voted up, awesome, and sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 02, 2013:

Hi phoenix,

Thanks for your lovely comments, much appreciated! i love that you are quirky, me too (I think!) so many of these will be right up your alley, so to speak. have fun scrounging around and recycling into quirky containers for planting! Thanks for your interest!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 02, 2013:

These are brilliant suggestions. It would certainly give my garden a quirky appearance to match my quirky nature. I'm going to start scrounging around in the garage.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 29, 2013:

Hi Sharidenise,

Many thanks for checking this out! I love container planting and unusual containers make it all so much fun! Appreciate your input!

Sharidenise from Louisville, TN on April 29, 2013:

Fascinating! Enjoyed this Hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 23, 2013:

Hi sparkleyfinger,

A small scale container garden is ideal for city apartments! Hope you get a chance to visit us across the Irish Sea, plenty of pubs to satisfy your thirst! LOl Cheers for comments!

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on April 22, 2013:

I think it would work better in a country cottage than a Glasgow flat, to be fair! Can always dream though! I'd LOVE to visit Ireland, just biding my time and saving up- I'm sure id be spending plenty of times in the pubs :P hahahaha

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 22, 2013:

Hi sparkleyfinger,

Great city Glasgow, i love it and have been several times! Many thanks for visiting and for your comments. Glad you found these ideas interesting and a vintage theme in tins and barrels sounds fabulous! If you ever do it i would love to add them in to this as a link for you! Thanks again! :-)

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on April 22, 2013:

Voted up, useful and beautiful. There are so many amazing ideas here- they could transform a garden into a place of history and interest in no time at all! (I'm thinking vintage tins and barrels)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 19, 2013:

Hi Obreinfamily,

A friend of mine has one too planted up and it looks great in the garden! Definitely got that vintage feel as you say. Appreciate you commenting and stopping by!

Amy Goldstein from Chesterfield on April 19, 2013:

This is a cute idea. I once seen a neighbor add flowers to an old bathtub that she placed outside. It was unique and had kind of a vintage look to it.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 11, 2013:

Hi Ana,

It is amazing what can be made into a flower, plant or herb pot as these photos show some of the normal and wacky types used! Hope you get to try a few out this summer, shoes are a real fun way I think but I would not be rushing to plant up a real pair of favorites i have to admit!! Many thanks Ana for your comments! :-)

Ana Gajic from World of Words on April 11, 2013:

And you'd think shoes are only shoes:) I am amazed with this many creative ideas in one place:) Excellent hub:)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 02, 2013:

Hi ExpectGreatThings,

Welcome to my mad world of plant pot ideas! Anything with a bottom in it is a good guide for using unique things around the home. Just make sure you remember drainage holes or make sure to add stones, rocks old broken bits of terracotta pots or saucers to your soil. many thanks for commenting and dropping by, much appreciated!!

ExpectGreatThings from Illinois on April 02, 2013:

Pinned! These are such great ideas. I was going to use old pots to start my peppers, but now those don't seem creative enough. I'm sure we have some too-small rain boots in the back of the closet somewhere.... -Ginger

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 01, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

So glad you found this interesting and creative . . . amazing what can be achieved out of ordinary things!

Audrey Howitt from California on April 01, 2013:

Great, great hub! I love the creativity!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 25, 2013:

Hi launchevity,

How good of you to swing by. I love the shoes ideas too, for small plants they look funky and if you are stuck for space they make great ideas for apartments or city living. The amount of things you can use is up to you and your creativity a bit. If it has a bottom in it . . . . you can probably use it! Many thanks, for your input!

Kristi Patrice Carter from Chicago, Illinois on March 25, 2013:

Oh wow, I am so amazed on these trashes that can be recycled for gardening...really excited for my old shoes to turn into shoe pots...thanks for the wonderful ideas...I recycled cartons and bottles and now I will work on my next project which is planting and recycling...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 22, 2013:

Hi FullOf LoveSites,

Many thanks for your comments, the amount of container possibilities is amazing. Hope you get to try a few out for planting! Appreciate your votes here :-)

FullOfLoveSites from United States on March 22, 2013:

I love your clever ideas! I never thought newspapers would be a good container for plants. Voted up and awesome. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 21, 2013:

hi DzyMsLizzy,

Good to see you are in the Google+ community too! I thought it might show some unique ways of recycling and saving the cash with these containers. The car I must confess I did a double take on, thinking who would cut up a car for planting but hey . . . if it works why knock it?!!! Thanks so much for visit and votes!!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on February 21, 2013:

Hi there, Suzie,

I just saw the link to this post on the new G+ author's community. What fun ideas! I've seen some of these done here and there, even bathtubs.. but an entire car? What a hoot!

Voted up, interesting and useful.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 16, 2013:

Hi boxxies,

Many thanks for commenting, i love the wellies too, so colorful. Cheers for dropping in!

boxxies on February 16, 2013:

I love all those ideas, specially the old kid rainboots.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 28, 2013:

Hi Better Yourself,

Many thanks for your enthusiastic comments! It is fun to look around at all the possibilities for containers that add so much interest to planting! Hope you enjoy trying some out!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on January 27, 2013:

Such great ideas! I've used a water pitcher for planting but I really look forward to testing some of the ideas above. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 11, 2013:

Hi alwaysamber,

Hope you enjoy testing some ideas out at home. Anything with a bottom in it is potentially usable as a gardening container. Many thanks for reading and commenting!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 11, 2013:

Hi thumbi7,

Welcome to my recycled world and so glad you enjoyed this. Hope you get to try a few out.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 11, 2013:

Hi ishwaryaa,

Lovely to see you. Hopefully there is something here you will be able to use for a container idea yourself. So many options exist around us. Really appreciate your lovely complimentary comments, votes, shares and pin - you rock!!

alwaysamber on January 11, 2013:

Such great ideas! May have to try some of these, myself. Thanks for sharing!

JR Krishna from India on January 11, 2013:

Fantastic and unique ideas.

Thanks for sharing

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 11, 2013:

A wonderfully-written hub with loads of unique ideas and attractive photos! This is ideal for many who are green-conscious. I am willing to adopt some of these smart ideas. Once again, an amazing hub! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

Your a star, thank you for the lovely comments hope you find it valuable for your garden!! Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin!!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 23, 2012:

Awesome! Beautiful! I´m always open for new ideas and these are great ideas. I would love to try them all in my Philippines garden. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, shared and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 01, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

Good to see you and thanks for your visit and comments! Glad you found some useful if strange ideas here!! :-)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 01, 2012:

Suzie, you have shared brilliant ideas here. As a gardener I will love to play by these interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 27, 2012:

Hi Angelo52,

Welcome and Thank you very much! I know, it is amazing what can be used, I seriously never thought of a car and lo and behold . . . . .I found a reference to it!! Appreciate your commenting Angelo! :-)

Angelo52 on September 27, 2012:

It seems that just about anything can be used to hold soil and plants. Never thought of most of these. Excellent list of items to use as planters.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 27, 2012:

Hi rajan,

Glad you enjoyed and found interesting ways of making useless useful! It is amazing what can be utilised if we think a little outside the box! Thanks rajan for your support, voting and sharing, appreciate it lots my friend!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

Hi Suzie,

These are very creative ideas. You certainly have me looking out for useless stuff to be made useful.

Voting this up and all the way across. Sharing and pinning too.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 22, 2012:

Hi Abby,

Lovely to see you here! Thanks a million for your very welcome comments, glad they gave you a few ideas. Believe it or not there were more I had but it would have been so long an article! Maybe I'l do a second one! Appreciate your support :-)

Abby from Ireland on September 22, 2012:

Fantastic photos :) Such lovely ideas, I wouldn't have even considered some of these. Thanks for sharing some inspiration :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 22, 2012:

Hi anginwu,

Thanks so much for reading!! Great idea for ballet shoes, how cute they would look!! Delighted you have found some new ideas here and I appreciate your votes and comments always!!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 22, 2012:

Hi sg,

The mind boggles when it comes to possibilities! I want to try each and every one! lol Thanks so much for stopping by,always lovely to see you and many thanks for your positive comments and votes! :-)

anglnwu on September 21, 2012:

Wow, this is an impressive list. I'm all for recycling. You've just given me many ideas to play with. Ballet shoes make good containers as well. Rated up and sharing.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 21, 2012:

So many wonderful ideas! Some I would never have thought about. Great hub! Voted up and more! :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 21, 2012:

Hi James,

Welcome and thanks for visiting! Appreciate your votes and support! A fun look at everyday items that can add a sparkle to your planting! :-)

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