For many of us, planters are a go-to staple for indoor décor. If you’re tired of displaying your beloved houseplants in the same old terracotta planters, try these fresh, patio-friendly takes on the typical display.
- Select three terracotta pots in varying sizes.
- Decorate and paint each pot before assembling the planter. (Tip: Acrylic paint is great for decorating pots because it’s waterproof and comes in a variety of bright colors.)
- Fill all three pots with soil, leaving enough room to nestle the smaller pots in the soil.
- Place the medium-sized pot in the center of the largest pot, about 2 inches deep. Place the smallest pot in the center of the medium-sized pot. (Tip: Try planting strawberries or flowers in the smallest pot.)
Repurpose a Toolbox
- Purchase a used 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.
- Wash the toolbox with Dawn dish soap and water, and let it dry.
- Before adding soil and plants, dress up the toolbox with spray paint and embellishments.
- Place fresh soil in the trays and bottom, and then add plants. (Tip: Herbs like basil, lavender or sage work best in this planter.)
Serve Up Plants in a Pie Tin
- Select a metal pie stand and two pie tins.
- Fill each pie tin with soil, and plant seeds or starter plants. (Tip: Succulents work best because the pie tins are shallow.)
- Place each tin in the pie stand to display.
Tier Plants in a Garden Fountain
- Purchase a used tiered garden water fountain at a yard sale or thrift store.
- Make sure the fountain is level before adding soil.
- Fill each tier with soil.
- Plant veggies like carrots, radishes or beets.
Give Your Planters a Makeover
- Paint the upper rim of a terracotta clay pot. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, try painting stripes! (Tip: Use painter’s tape to easily paint straight lines.)
- Use glitter paint to write an inspiring phrase on your pot, like “I Will Survive!” or “Life Is Beautiful”.
Potting Soil Tips
- Make sure the roots of your plants have enough air under the soil. When choosing a potting soil, look for one that’s light and fluffy. 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.
- Some bagged potting soils also contain ingredients that help retain moisture, which is helpful for shallow planters placed in full sunlight.
- When you’re finished planting, use Bounty paper towels or a Swiffer WetJet to help clean up quickly.
- Keep your gardening clothes fresh – and remove stubborn dirt stains – with Tide PODS.