When you think about creating a garden for your home, you start by thinking of what you’re going to put in the ground. That’s all well and good, but it’s important to remember that an outdoor garden is just like any other indoor living space in your home. You can’t just think horizontally, you’ve also got to think vertically. This is especially the case if your backyard garden incorporates something like a fence or tall climbing plants.
One of the best ways in which you can “fill” the vertical space of a garden is by incorporating hanging baskets and planters. While you could certainly buy something off the shelf at your local gardening supply store, perhaps you shouldn’t! That’s because there are a number of different items, some of which you might have lying around right now, that can be easily repurposed into beautiful recycling planters and hanging baskets.
To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve collected 19 of the most inspirational ideas for recycled planters and hanging baskets. If you were thinking of going out to buy something over the counter before, then we guarantee you’ll be thinking about repurposing a number of things you already have by the end of this list. Enjoy!
1. Take Your Boots Off
Simple rubber rain boots can actually make incredibly durable hanging baskets and outdoor planters.
Another unique piece that can be recycled into a hanging basket or planter is a birdcage. Totally cool, right!?!
3. A Little Bit of Work
With just a little bit of work, you can take multiple baskets and hang them together by running rope through them.
4. The Old Dresser
Before you haul off that old dresser to the dump, why not give it a fresh coat of paint and turn it into an outdoor planter?
5. Old Grates
It might take a little metal-working know how, but you could take a couple of old grates and turn them into a beautiful hanging basket like this!
6. Something Different
You might not think that old soda bottles would work great as hanging planters, but this beautiful example proves otherwise.
7. Totally Unique
You’ve just got to love this totally unique hanging basket, which is made from a chandelier and crystal tea cups.
If you’ve got a conical colander like this that’s seen better days, then it can instantly become an extremely attractive planter!
9. Newer Colander
Even a newer-looking colander, like one you might find at a kitchen supply store, can work wonders too!
You don’t have to think too far outside the box here with recycled planters and hanging baskets! You could just use a stool and an old box you’ve got lying around…
11. Old Tires
With a fresh coat of paint, an old car tire can become an extremely attractive hanging planter for your outdoor garden.
12. Getting Work Done
Just as you could with a dresser, an old desk and chair that you’re not using anymore could become the perfect recycled planter for your home’s patio or garden.
13. Canvas Bag
A canvas bag and a couple of grommets are pretty much all you need to create an attractive recycled hanging basket!
14. Thinking With Your Head
Old bicycle and motorcycle helmets can easily be turned into attractive planters. Just flip them upside down!
15. Wine Not?
Got a bit of a wine habit? Well, start collecting the corks, because you can totally do something cool like this!
16. No More Handbags!
You know you’ve got too many handbags in the closet! Take the ones you never use and convert them into attractive hanging planters for an outdoor fence!
17. Metal Buckets
It’s almost a gardening requirement that you use old (or new) metal buckets as hanging baskets or planters.
18. Wood Palette
With a little bit of retrofitting, a wood palette can easily be converted into an attractive and organized hanging planter.
19. Up To You
Really, though, with just a little bit of creativity and ingenuity, almost anything you can think of can be converted into an attractive hanging basket or planter.