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33 Things You Can Reuse As Garden Planters

By CanarsieBK |

By reusing one of these items to garden, you’ll be starting a new life for a plant and giving a second life to another.


You don’t need to buy fancy containers or other items, you likely have one or more of these items lying around that can be used.

Here’s a list of things that can be reused as garden planters.

If you have some old furniture lying around in the basement or garage, dust it off and get to planting in it.

  1. Bed frame
  2. Dresser drawers
  3. Desk
  4. Wicker loveseat
  5. Wooden chair

Much like their clothing, your kids have likely outgrown their toys. That doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of them, repurpose them in your garden.

  1. Capri Sun pouch
  2. Kickball
  3. Kids dump truck
  4. Red wagon
  5. Stroller
  6. Toy Box

Here are some items that can be found in your kitchen that can also be used as garden planters.

  1. Bread pan
  2. Coconut shell
  3. Coffee bag
  4. Coffee can
  5. Colander
  6. Cooler
  7. Reusable shopping bag
  8. Soda bottle
  9. Tea cups

Not For Food
I’m all for growing your own food, but you might not want to plant your edibles in any of these.

  1. Bathtub
  2. Boots
  3. Sewer
  4. Tires
  5. Toilet bowl

This is Why You’ve Been Saving These
Some of us are just packrats and hold onto things just in case you ever need them again. Now you have a use for some of those things.

  1. Bicycle or Tricycle
  2. Bird Bath
  3. Birdcage
  4. Gutters
  5. Mailbox
  6. Studebaker pickup
  7. Wheelbarrow
  8. Whiskey barrel


What are some other unusual things that can be used as garden planters? Share in the comments below!

Share with Your Friends & Family
  • Lynne H. 3 years ago
    Please do NOT throw away your mascara wands. Instead, clean JUST THE WAND with dawn soap, place them in a ziploc bag and mail them to a Wildlife Refuge accepting donations. These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud and other contaminants from wildlife. Works great for medical care and wound treatment

    Pick your refuge to mail to:

    Appalachian Wild
    P.O. Box 1211
    Skyland NC 28776


    Wildlife Wands
    P.O. Box 1586
    Southwick, MA 01077.
  • Deborah K. 4 years ago
    I used an old grill , some of the bottom had rusted out ,
  • Janet A. 4 years ago
    I think a old mailbox would make a great bird house !!!
  • Sue T. 6 years ago
    Great ideas--we have a yard, but lots of wildlife that likes to eat my garden. I plant my greens in containers because of this. Great ideas on how to mix it up!!
  • Tracie M. 6 years ago
    I am using old styrofoam coolers for my onions. Painted brown with some older boards around them. I don't have to worry about water loss either!
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