Painted. Glittered. Tiered: Planters That Inspire

Painted. Glittered. Tiered: Planters That Inspire

Try your hand at some new ways to show off your plants this spring.


Planters are a go-to décor staple for many of us once spring rolls around. If you’re tired of the same old terracotta planters and ways to display your beloved greens, here are some fresh takes on the typical display to inspire you and your guests this patio season!

Don’t worry if you’re working with a small-ish space. Our clever planter ideas will even help add planting space to your garden!

Stack ‘em

  1. Select three terracotta pots in varying sizes
  2. Decorate and paint them before assembling the planter*
  3. Fill all three pots with soil, leaving enough room for the smaller pots to nestle in the soil
  4. Place the medium-sized pot in the centre of the largest pot, about 2 inches deep, and then top with the smallest pot**
    *Tip: Acrylic paint is great for decorating pots since it’s waterproof. It comes in a variety of bright colours that will give your planter a cheerful makeover.
    **Tip: Try planting strawberries or flowers.

What’s in That Toolbox?

  1. Purchase an old toolbox at a yard sale or thrift store. Boxes with one or two inner trays that rise as you open the lid work best for planting
  2. Wash the box and let dry
  3. Before adding soil and plants, dress up the toolbox with spray paint and embellishments
  4. Place fresh soil in the trays and bottom*
    *Tip: Plants like small herbs like basil, lavender or sage work best in this planter.

A Piece of the Pie

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  1. Create an instant planter with a metal pie stand and two pie tins
  2. Fill each with soil and plant your seeds or starter plants*
    *Tip: Succulents work best since the pie tins are shallow.

Garden Fountain

  1. Use an old, tiered garden water fountain as a planter
  2. Make sure the fountain is level before adding soil
  3. Fill each tier with soil
  4. Plant items like carrots, radishes or other delicious root vegetables since the tiers have depth

Tired of Your Pots Year to Year? Give them a makeover. Try these ideas to bring your planters to life in a brand new way.

  1. Paint just the upper rim of a clay pot, or if you’re feeling ambitious, give some stripes a go!
    Tip: Use painter’s tape to space your stripes for easier painting and straight lines.
  2. Try gold glitter paint (or another colour) and write an inspiring phrase on your pot – like, “I Will Survive!” or, “Life Is Beautiful!” – any favourite saying or mantra to help you stay focused on a goal or mindset.

Quick Soil Tips

  • Potting soil is best for containers because it’s lighter than soil from a garden bed. It typically contains peat, sand, composted bark and perlite.
  • It’s important that the roots of your plants have enough air under the soil. When choosing a potting soil, look for one that’s light and fluffy.
  • Some bagged potting soils also contain ingredients that help retain moisture, which is helpful with shallow planters in full sun.

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