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22 DIY Planter Ideas To Uniquely Create A Backyard You Love

Grow a large or small garden with these planter ideas

It is that time of year and creating a backyard oasis can be as simple as adding a few new planters to your space. Don’t overspend on outdoor planters from stores and create your own DIY planters.

Whether you need a large space to grow vegetables or simple small painted pots for succulents, this list has a planter idea for you.

What can you use instead of a pot as a planter?

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Recyclables (check out the fun family-friendly ideas)
  • Buckets
  • Old wooden gutter
  • Wood shims to create a box
  • Leftover cedar wood
  • Pallet wood
  • Logs
  • An old wagon
  • Concrete
  • Grow bags
  • K-cups make great seed starters

22 unique diy planter ideas

But don’t discount what you can create with painted terracotta pots. We absolutely love the ones on this list and sometimes they are super simple to complete.

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Now if you are looking at these planters and don’t feel you have a green thumb, you may want to check out these tips for when it comes to planting from Remodelholic.

Creative DIY Garden Planter Ideas

Whether you are looking for a place to grow flowers or vegetables, these are some amazing gardening container ideas to try. Enjoy being creative and using your green thumb!

DIY Wooden Planter Ideas

Here are 10 DIY wooden garden planters from raised garden boxes to small wooden planters made out of wood shims. Spend an hour or whole weekend making these projects for your backyard.

Painted Flower Pot Idea

There are so many fun ways you can change a simple terracotta pot into a centerpiece for your flowers and herbs. We love these 6 small planter ideas.

Repurposed Planters

Using items you already have to help create your garden can save you money and be helpful for the environment. We love these creative and unique repurposed planters.

Bonus Planter Ideas

So as always, as soon as we publish a list of our favorite things we end up making more or finding more awesome ideas!

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We can’t wait to try these DIY planter ideas for our backyard.

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Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I am all about gardening on budget so I love this ideas! Great list and so inspiring.


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hi Christine. I am glad you love some of these budget-friendly gardening ideas. I hope your garden turns out great!

Louise O'Boyle

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

I absolutely love your ideas. Like many people in my neighbourhood I've started some gardening to enjoy some wonderful flowers and vegetables in summer. I love the idea of building your own planter boxes. I'll be giving this a go!


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hi Louise. We absolutely love our DIY raised garden boxes. Our daughter is super excited to get planting this year!

Dara @The Roots of Home

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing my wooden gutter repurposed as a planter. I'm pinning this for future reference!


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thanks, Dara. We love all the awesome planter ideas for gardeners and non-gardeners alike!

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