Regular pots are convenient for gardening, but what better way to display your plants than by using household items that you already have? Instead of recycling or throwing out your old jars, cans, and other items, repurpose them into DIY planters that will add an innate, rustic, style to any ordinary home. Here are 5 simple reimagined DIY planters that will transform your home garden into something that is simple, yet beautiful.

Corkscrew Planters

What you need:

  • Wine/champagne bottle corks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paring knife
  • Screw driver
  • Soil
  • Succulent/plant clippings

These cork planters are super cute and easy to make. Gather your collection of cords onto a surface to collect the corkscrew shavings, such as a cardboard box or newspaper. Take your screwdriver and punch a hole in the head of the corkscrew. Using the paring knife, wiggle it in the center of the hole, about halfway through the cork. Fill your cork planters will soil and tuck in your succulent or plant clippings. That’s it!

There are lots of unique ways to display these adorable planters. Attach magnets to the back of the corks and place them on your fridge, place them by the window for a subtle green garden, or decorate your entire walls with them.

DIY planter

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Mason Jar Planters

  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants of choice or seeds
  • Jar labels

Mason jars have become a popular, inexpensive household item that can be used for almost anything. Take your extra or old mason jars and repurpose them for something new and will last a lifetime. Layer the gravel on the bottom of the jars, place enough potting soil until about halfway inside the jar, and plant your flowers, herbs, etc. You can also repurpose your old mason jars into terrariums, as well. Decorate your new planters by painting the outside of your mason jars, or add a rustic touch with rope. The possibilities are endless.

Planting DIY

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Tea Tin Planters

What you need:

  • Empty tea tins
  • Small rocks or gravel
  • Potting Soil
  • Plants of choice

A unique, vintage way to repurpose your old tea tins instead of disposing of them in the recycling bin is to transform them into rustic planters. Taking any old tea tin, layer your gravel or small rocks on the bottom of each tin. Add a small amount of potting soil, just enough so the actual plant can fit. Taking your plants or herbs of choosings, plant them into the soil. They may need some extra squishing to get them into the tin, depending on how big the opening is. Add more potting soil to cover the roots and fill the tin. Water accordingly. A fun way to label each plant is to take wooden sticks and label or stamp them accordingly to each plant, or washi tape.

Tea tin planter DIY

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Coffee Pot Terrarium

What you need:

  • Air plants or succulents
  • Gravel
  • Decorations of choice
  • Sand

If you have a coffee maker or coffee pot that doesn’t function anymore, transform it into a planter or terrarium to add some greenery to any kitchen. Taking any old coffee pot, layer your gravel on the bottom of the pot. Take any kind of sand and pour a thick, even layer on top of the rocks. This will act as a secure, even surface for your plants. Place your plants inside the pot accordingly, along with the decorations.  Waking up in the morning just became better, with a pretty succulent display to keep you company as you sip your morning cup of coffee.

Terrarium DIY

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Lightbulb Terrarium

What you need:

  • Air plants
  • Pebbles or small rocks
  • Preserved moss
  • Small decorations
  • Round light bulb
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Hot glue gun or rope

First, remove the metal tip from the bottom of the bulb. To do this, use the needle-nose pliers to carefully nudge the sides of the metal tip from the black glass part. Once enough of the sides are raised to get a good grip on them, hold one of the sides with your pliers and yank out the metal tip. You will feel a couple wires snap when you do this.

Using the flathead screwdriver, snap the interior tube from the side. Twist the screwdriver around to smash the containing tube. It will take some force to do this. Hold the bulb tight while you do this. Once the tube is completely removed, pull out any remaining wires with the pliers. If there are any bits of glass remaining around the interior edge, use the screwdriver to break these off.

Now your light bulb is ready to have your plants displayed in them! Take your small rocks or pebbles and layer them on the bottom of the bulb. Layer your soil on top then place your air plants, moss, and other decorations. To display your new decorations, you can use a hot glue gun on the bottom of the bulb to create a stand or attach some rope from the inside to create a hanging light bulb terrarium.

Happy planting in your DIY planters!

Terrarium DIY

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