13 Everyday Items People Have Upcycled Into Planters

by Angela Andaloro

Spring has sprung! It’s time to get outdoors and flex those green thumbs. Gardeners everywhere are excited to plant the seeds that will blossom into fruits, vegetables, flowers, and more.

First, they have to figure out where to put them. If you’re looking to add a unique vibe to your home garden, consider a wacky upcycled planter. It’s not only an artsy decision but an economically sound one. Planters can get pricey, especially unique ones. In an ode to all things green, gardeners are also upcycling everyday items into planters to give them an extra-special look.

The items upcycled into planters can get zany. After all, the more out there the idea, the more visually appealing the end result.

Some seem more like art installations than garden projects due to the stunning results. With some imagination and a little bit of elbow grease, you too can upcycle household items into planters. Don’t forget to invite the kids to help!

Car Planter

car planter

Now, not everybody has a spare vintage car around to turn into a planter. You’d be surprised how many people do have a car lying around, however. You can paint the car to give it a garden-like feel of its own or allow the metal to rust and change over time as your plants grow.

Log Planter

log planter

Log planters can be big or small. Either way, they’re striking. You can plant annuals in a larger log planter or succulents in a smaller one. As the log eventually breaks down and the flowers die, they become rich fertilizer for the rest of your garden.

Tire Planter

tire planter

Tire planters are a little easier to execute. You can find tires or treads being sold secondhand just about anywhere. You can also dress it up by painting the tire whatever color matches the rest of your yard decor.

Wagon Planter

wagon planter

Outdoor plants will love this simple planter. Simply use the wagon as a bed for flowers. You can also make it into a rolling succulent garden. It’s a perfect way to redesign a child’s wagon once they’ve grown out of it. It’s also easy to move around if you’re changing things up.

Drawer Planter

Drawer Planter

If you’re getting rid of an old dresser, you can breathe new life into the drawers. You can dress them up or strip them down as much as you feel like. Then you just need some sealant to keep your drawer together, and it’s ready to use!

Birdcage Planter

bird cage planter

Birdcages all have a beautiful and unique look to them. That makes it a fun challenge to see what you can grow in them that will complement or contrast. They’re also easy to paint if you want to change up the look.

Book Planter


Upcycle books into sweet planters for plants big and small. Many people find books ideal for succulents. Others prefer plants whose leaves and flowers flow over the pages. Not only are these great for outside, but they can work in a home office or library as well.

Bra Planter

This one is pretty wild. Take those old bras you were going to toss or donate and make them home to some plants with ease. They add a little saucy something to a garden space. Simply sew the band together to create a bottom to hold in the dirt.

Phone Planter

Old push-button and rotary phones can be hollowed out to become beautiful succulent planters. With the push-button phones, buttons can be saved to creatively arrange around the plants. It’s an easy way to add a funky accent to your living room or home office.

Boombox Planter

A boombox planter offers many different areas to try different plants. Get creative with how you use the different compartments. We love the plant flowing out of the tape deck. The fun variety of succulents gives this boombox a fascinating profile.

Bathtub Planter

An old bathtub is another object that’s hard to happen upon, but rewarding if you get your hands on one. The depth can give you a lot of options as to what to plant. You can also use some paint to make the bathtub pop even more.

Wheelbarrow Planter

A wheelbarrow may not do its job anymore, but it has so much potential as a planter. Like some of the other picks, it offers a depth that gives you options. It’s also easy to customize with a fresh coat of paint. You can also do a smaller version of this with toy wheelbarrows as a fun project to get the kids in on.

Toy Truck Planter

Speaking of the kids, they’ll get a kick out of this one. Whether they’re making room for new toys or they’ve grown out of the toy truck phase, it’s fun turning the old toys into planters. These are great to use when planting some small flowers or succulents.