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50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas

Updated on March 22, 2017

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50 Recycled Container Gardening Ideas
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Why Recycled?

For many who are challenged with space and lifestyle, container gardening for flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs provides the perfect platform to get the creative juices flowing. Apart from having a unique look, using recycled items will create a focus in your garden or living space that oozes originality, making the usual containers seem boring!

Ceramic Watering Can as Planter

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Container Gardening Ideas

Thinking outside the box on what types of Containers can be utilized for gardening; can be enlightening, fun and very easy on the finances.


Household budgets are tighter with less disposable income available today. Different containers are all around us and are often everyday items crying out to be recycled and reused.


Before planting up your new containers, please do spare a thought for drainage issues and what the items are made of.


If there are any potentially harmful substances (e.g. residues from cleaning products), alterations and modifications may be needed as they were not originally intended as plant containers. With thorough cleaning, liners, drainage holes or other minor adjustments, you will be all set!

50 Of The Best

With so many possibilities are out there, here are 50 of my favourite container gardening ideas. Many may be hiding in your attic, garage or kitchen cupboards while others may be purchased at a low cost or even free. They are original, eyecatching and many would make great gift ideas. Look out for the slightly obscure, showing the sky’s truly the limit when it comes to imagination!

Containers From The Kitchen

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IDEAS FROM THE KITCHEN

1. Ice Cream Tubs – Given a wash, they make great starter plant containers.


2. Tin Cans – All sizes may be used to give a kitsch look to an apartment for seedlings or starter plants.


3. Bread Pans – For seedlings they are a great, easily got and budget friendly container option.


4. Coffee Bags – If you are a caffeine addict (like me), this is an inventive idea for recycling the bags for hanging plants in. Many coffee bags are attractive and are made of durable plastic.


5. Juice Cartons – Yes, even Capri Sun cartons may be used as a starter plant idea!


6. Water Bottles – Ideal for seed planting with some minor adjustments.


7. Lunchboxes – Perfect for seedlings and starter plants.


8. Kettles - Old stainless steel ones work well with herbs displayed in your kitchen.

Oversized Coffee Cups

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9. Porcelain china – White jugs or even soup bowls on a plate make very eye catching centrepieces for your patio tables with pansies, herbs, trailing Ivy or many low growing or trailing annuals. Oversized coffee cups planted look funky as centrepieces in cafes and coffee shops.

10. Mop Bucket – Stainless Steel or bright plastic, they are so versatile for indoor or outdoor.

11. Weaved Baskets – Attractive containers for indoor use planted up or look gorgeous holding small pots of herbs in the kitchen.

12. Picnic Baskets – With minor alterations, baskets look so inviting when full of plants and are ideal for indoors or outdoors depending on what material it is made of.

13. Plastic food trays (e.g ready to go fruit salad comes in these) – Ideal for starter plants or seedling trays.


14. Colanders – The stainless steel ones are best but you could use brightly coloured plastic ones for bursts of colour. The beauty of a colander is it has the drainage holes already in place!



15. Recyclable Shopping Bags – Excellent if they are the waterproof kind with the liners already inside.



16. Old Sacks – Small ones such as sugar or flour sacks will give a beat up charm to any kitchen when planted.

Newspaper For Seedlings . . . Toilet Rolls For Starter Plants

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17. Newspaper – Ordinary black and white newspaper is best, not the shiny colourful pages from magazines as they have added chemicals. Seedlings or even starter plants are perfect in your new creations!



18. Chinese food takeout cartons – These with a good clean out are a funky idea for starter plants, particularly of Chinese origin and make cute gifts.



19. Orange crate boxes – Easily recycled for a rustic burst of colour.



20. Toilet Rolls- Instead of sending your loo rolls to the recycle bin, hold onto them and recycle them yourself into seedling pots.

Shoes, Boots and Trainers . . . Will Thank You!

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IDEAS FROM THE BEDROOM

21. Shoes – Not you’re favourite Jimmy Choos or Louboutins but it is amazing how an old pair of stilettos, pumps, work boots or wellie boots can be transformed!

22. Crocs – Yes, they too can be used and with succulents or small plants peering through the holes, look so trendy. They can be easily hung utilizing the strap at the back.

23. Wellies - As shown in the opening photo, wellington boots make great plant containers, the brighter the better! They are great for all kinds of starter plants or why not mix it up with bright annuals. Displayed on decking, patios or even balcony's, wellies are fun!

24. Old Work Boots - Probably keen to get rid of them, you can give them a new purpose and recycle them for plants. They will certainly add a rustic charm in the rockery or flower beds.

25. Trainers – Yes even the dodgy looking trainers buried in the attic are usable!

26. Dresser Drawers – Before you decide to chuck that broken, old looking dresser, take out the drawers and use for seeds, starter plants, vegetables, herbs or low growing annuals. With a few drawers you can have great variety in plants and show a great example of how a deconstructed item may be given a new lease of life.

27. Old Wooden Chair – The seat can be transformed to hold a potted plant and trailing plants such as Petunias, Impatiens, Calibrachoa and Ivy, look eye catching trailed through the back and legs of the chair.

Vintage Baby Stroller

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IDEAS FROM KIDS

28. Baby Stroller – The vintage ones are the best and you never know where one may pop up, so keep it in mind. Storage Units, Auction Houses, Warehouse Clearance and Thrift shops are worth remembering if this idea appeals to you.

29. Baby Bathtub – Provides interest in shape and a great option for starter plants, herbs, succulents and even cacti.

30. Kiddies Paddling Pool – These may be bought cheaply if you don’t have one but really fancy this idea. These are excellent for creating a strong visual display in your garden.

31. Kids Toy Dump Truck – Often discarded, these make fun containers for the kids to get involved with and have a gardening project to do. Try ferns or succulents in them.

32. Kick Balls – Look very contemporary when transformed into hanging baskets.


Take a Look Around Your Garden and Garage, You May See Possibilities Such as Tires, Watering Cans and Galvanized Buckets as Shown Below

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IDEAS FROM THE GARDEN

33. Old Tyres/ Tires – These may be used alone or stacked for an unusual feature. Paint them plain or in a design, do it as a fun activity with the kids, they will love it!

34. Toolboxes /Tackle boxes – These make perfect containers ( including the flip-top varieties) that can easily be moved around the garden and are Ideal for using as a window box, adding a bit of stylish creativity.

35. Watering Cans – Not just for watering your plants but may be transformed into a container itself

36. Rusty Guttering - From the roof to the garden, this planted up makes any space brighten up, looks great alongside railings of apartments, used as a window box or perched on top of a low wall

37. Wheelbarrows – Stunning planted up with bushy and trailing plants in the summer, all bursting with vibrancy. Wheelbarrows can equally be used to hold pots of plants and flowers that will give height and texture to the display.

38. Galvanized Buckets - Make ideal containers for a great display of all plants. Why not think of a colour scheme to base your plant choice around. Go for a Mediterranean feel with Lavender planted in of this container.

39. Plastic Planters – Recycle any plastic flower pots that are lying around. With a mild sandpapering, these are brilliant for kids to paint and plant up.

Unusual Container Ideas in a Car, School Desk and a Shopping Trolley - Go Figure!

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OBSCURE IDEAS

40. A car (I kid you not!!) – Well, it can be done!


41. Sink – The Belfast sink looks the business planted up. Make sure you are happy with the location before commencing as they are impossible to move later!


42. Bathtub – Another great idea that requires careful planning, but does create a buzz with visitors!


43. Old Rowboat – Planted up with different plants, why not think spring bulbs or herb garden for an inspirational theme that will enhance the character and charm of a rowboat.


44. Old School Post Boxes – With their sculptured design they look fabulous displayed indoors or outdoors when planted and bring some character into a setting.


45. Beer Barrels – A real talking point when blooming with colour.


46. Aquarium – If you have an old one don’t get rid of it. Planted up with soil and plants, it makes an eye catching addition indoors. Being transparent, it adds great interest to a room and is sure to be a talking point with visitors!


47. Motorcycle / Bicycle Helmet – These could be great gifts for Motorbike / Cycling enthusiasts with an interest in horticulture!


48. Writing Desk – If you have one that is damaged, try it as a feature for your garden or even inside the home with indoor plants for a unique look.


49. Supermarket Trolley - Often found dumped in a canal or river, they look great for woodland themed gardens. I am not for one minute advocating you go to your local and pick up a few from the trolley bays!



50. Pony and Trap Cart - In Ireland this was the form of transport. Think John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the classic film "The Quiet Man". Many carts have been saved thankfully and today are used as stunning floral displays as shown in this photo I took in our local village.

Old Irish Pony and Trap Cart

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As you can see, there are many items that with a little imagination and some minor alterations may be turned into a unique container for your plants. If you have any further suggestions or have used other items, please feel free to add to the list, the more the merrier!


Happy Planting!

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    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas and photos! This hub actually inspired me to look around my house and see what might be a fun recycle project. So thanks a lot for the green advice and inspiration!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Om Paramapoonya,

      Thanks for your visit and comments! Delighted this gave you food for thought for containers! Amazing what you can find and use that will get your creative juices flowing.Appreciate your support:-)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I love all the ideas. I use things around my yard that are not really pots just items I can add plants to. Enjoyed reading your hub. Vote uP!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi moonlake,

      Great to have you visit. It's certainly fun and interesting finding things to use as you know!. This hopefully shows that the sky's the limit . Appreciate your voting up, have a great weekend!:-)

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      What a marvelous, innovative variety of planters you have come up with. I especially love the idea of recycling old shoes and Chinese food carry out cartons-- fabulous pix too. Thanks for a great read

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks robie!!

      I love finding ideas for planting as much as I also love Terracotta planters that I paint and sell. Some very do-able containers here like the Chinese Carton and shoes you highlighted, are funky to try. Do let me know how you go if you try them!! Thanks co much for stopping by and leaving your much appreciated comments!! :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your ideas are too cool, the baby stroller is my favorite...followed closely by the car! Pinned, Tweeted and Facebooked to spread the word to GO GREEN! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sunshine, thrilled to see you and thanks so much for your sharing and support - awesome!!!

      When I saw the car I just couldn't believe my eyes! Many petrol heads may think sacrilege to do! I love the baby stroller too, looks great inside and so easily moved if need be. Appreciate your comments as always :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I absolutely love these!! The picture of the rain boots in the beginning is adorable. I will most certainly be using the toilet paper rolls for my seedlings this coming winter/spring! Fantastic idea! I just have to share/pin this... and bookmark for later! Thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sasha,

      Welcome and great to see you! Thanks so much for your lovely comments, votes and shares! I so appreciate your support! Yes, I thought the toilet rolls was cool and how many do we throw away or send to the recycle bin? Hope it works well for your spring crops! :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I grow almost everything in containers because my soil is so bad! Great ideas here. I wrote a Hub about using a used kitty litter bucket for plants. I've been looking for a child's wagon for a planter, can't seem to find one.

      I'll put a plant in almost anything!

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and will share, and PIN

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments! I must say I love container planting and have experimented for years. Kitty litter is another good idea, thanks! Appreciate you sharing, pining and voting!! I have to get into pinterest it seems a great avenue to use! Thanks again Mary!!:-)

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      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Great ideas! I certainly do not have a green thumb, but this hub gives me inspiration and motivation! My neighbor uses old boots for planters and they go wonderfully by her mailbox!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FreezeFrame,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I'm sure the boots look funky by your neighbor's mailbox! Planting up container's can become addictive but so rewarding seeing wee seeds or baby plants start to grow. Good luck, I hope you give it a go, spring bulbs would be great or some herbs to kick start the budding green fingers within you!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What an amazing resource! I love all of the photo examples that you included.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

      Good to see you, many thanks for your kind comments! glad you enjoyed reading and seeing the pics! Appreciate greatly :-)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Suzie. I am so happy to see you again. I got many ideas here and I love gardening as well. I'll show this hub to my father. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Prasetio,

      Good to see you! Glad to hear you enjoy gardening and have picked up some ideas here! I hope your dad enjoys these ideas when you show them to him! Thanks Prasetico for your comments and votes they are always appreciated! Good to see you as always!:-)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Suzie, these are wonderful ideas! I can't believe you came up with 50 of them and they all ooze originality, just like you. : ) I'm especially partial to the boots and shoes, although the old Irish pony and trap cart is super adorable. Thank you for all the beautiful photos, as well. You really out did yourself on this one! I'm all for recycling and that's one good thing in Peru. Nothing goes to waste here. Voted up and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Thanks for all your great comments!! Truth be known there were some other's I had but had to limit it and decide which to include! Love the pony and trap myself and if I had a business like a craft shop, which is the goal for Italy, I would love to have it outside as a display. The photo I took was in a small village we were driving through and when I saw it we had to stop! It was next to a newsagents where we got an ice cream. I fell in love with the cart so it had to be included here!! Appreciate your votes and sharing as always my friend in Peru!! :-)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice! I love your ideas and think I'll try to find a logical way to work a link to this hub into my hub on container gardening.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Natashalh,

      Thanks so much for reading and for your thoughtfulness on the link! I will go and read your hub, I missed that topic, you have so many good ones! Appreciate your comments!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What creative and fun ideas for recycling. You can do so many things.. Love every single idea here. I don't know where to begin. Voting up and sharing.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great ideas. I never thought about it, but a kiddie pool could be used as a great raised bed that is portable for a veggie garden. Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi carol7777,

      Lovely to see you, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Glad you enjoyed. Many are so do-able from items in the home and some fun at the same time. I used to love doing some with my nephew and nieces when they were very young and they loved it. Appreciate your votes and sharing carol! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi donnah!

      Yep, they would be a great idea!!! Argos did them cheaply I know if you are interested. Maybe the Eurozone stores or €2 stores may have some too. Thanks for visiting and for your comments, votes, share and follow!! Loved your recipe and will be back for more!! :-)

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      Injured lamb 4 years ago

      Cool...this is really a cool idea Suzie, love this hub of yours and the lovely photos as well...thanks for the cool and great sharing...yup, you made me start busy planning what to recycle in my garden now...lol...

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, wow, wow!!!

      I will say this is way too cute. I smiled all the way thru, especially the boots and shoes used. It is just awesome. This one for sure is again for my Mum, who is all the time in her garden. I will share this with her. Voted up, awesome and useful!

      Thank you for the brilliant ideas and pictures :))))

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi injured lamb,

      Thanks so much for those lovely comments! Delighted it got the creative buzz going! Look forward to hearing what you used! Appreciate your votes and sharing so much!!:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi livingsta,

      Glad you enjoyed and are going to show your mum! Hope she finds it useful! The shoes I thought were great, especially for succulents in the crocs or high heels. The link I added to kerry michaels shows the crocs and they look fab!! Appreciate your votes and support! :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Some great ideas here. Very creative and a great way to recycle. Love the photos. Another wonderful Hub. Voted up and Sharing. Bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Hey, you home from Sicily?? Good to see you! Glad you enjoyed this and for your lovely comments as always! It was fun to do and container planting and painting is something I love doing. Look forward to hearing about your trip!! Thanks so much for the votes and share!:-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. Yes, we are back, got in late yesterday and I'm still on Italy time which is why I was up at 4 am this morning. We had a great time. I'll start writing again in a day or so. Glad to see you are doing well.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill.

      You must be shattered! Looking forward to reading your up coming work on your travels! Thanks for the update:-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      These recycling ideas are awesome, i will surely try some of them mostly for yard beautification, thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi dwachira,

      Thank you very much for reading and I am glad you got some ideas. If you enjoy gardening it can be costly but it doesn't have to be by recycling. Appreciate your votes dwachira!! :-)

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Good ideas, we can save our space and money thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Anil and Honey,

      What a lovely name! Thanks very much for reading and commenting - Glad it gave you some ideas! :-)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Wonderful ideas. I especially like the aquarium one. We have an old one in our basement and now I know what I'll do with it. Great!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thundermama,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and giving this a read! Appreciate it! How cool to have an empty aquarium! You could get the kids involved with planting it up! It will hold quite a selection of plants so good idea to have it located where you think you will want it before planting! Thanks for the follow!! :-)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      What a lovely terrific hub! there's always creative ways on how to recycle things and make them useful - revamping them for a second life. love your hub suzie. very great.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers unknown spy,

      Thanks for reading and value your comments! Absolutely there are ways and are so individual and unique too!! Appreciate your support on this!! :-)

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      Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

      Great work on this article Suzie HQ. I definitely try to reuse everything I hate the idea of buying something when I know something else around the house could be used for that purpose. I also hate throwing things away that could be used for higher purpose other than taking up space in a landfill somewhere.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gamerelated,

      Appreciate you visiting and commenting! You seem to have the right attitude to recycling! Way to go! I am such a hoarder so I have to try to downsize!! Thanks for your support! :-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Awesome ideas, Suzie! Voted up and shared. Can't wait for next spring to try some of these out! :) Great job!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi TT,

      A bit of a diversion but something I enjoy is container planting and try to do it all year although spring summer is the best and most colourful! Appreciate you reading and for your support, ALWAYS . . . Cheers for the shares and votes, you rock! :-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I really loved all the ideas in this. And, it's my pleasure! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks TT, my other half was a bit upset at the thought of me eyeing up his few four wheeled possessions as container contenders!! lol

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great ideas here. I'm going to link to this in my hub on garden design ideas. I have a paragraph about using repurposed items to save money and this will be a great additional reference.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Deborah,

      Thank you so much!! That is so thoughtful of you and I really do appreciate it!! It is amazing when you take a look around the home what can be reused. Some of the obscure items could look great outside businesses to attract attention and customers. I look forward to reading your article!! thanks so much again!! :-)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Love that Irish Cart Suzie HQ. The sneaker or tennis is a little over my head. Those Chinese food takeout cartons are not too bad, but here in America is better to throw them out as recycling item. You came up with so many ideas, and this is very useful in Milano, Manila or Dublin.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Lord!

      Always great to see you! Fancy that cart do you??!! I would love one truth be known - Trying to persuade the other half to do a midnight run to the village and casually re home it . . . . !! Think I will just have to keep searching somehow or try build one as the wheels do appear from time to time at junk stores or antique shops. May get lucky in Italy searching! Appreciate your visit, support and comments!!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      I only wish I had a garden! I love this hub, so many creative ways to upcycle items for the garden. I personally love vintage pieces, the belfast sink and bath tubs are something I would personally love. but after seeing this great list I love the trap cart, the car, the vintage stroller and old school desks! What great uses of simple household items!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Daisy,

      Lovely to see you - If you don't have a garden (I was in an apartment with only a tiny ground floor balcony up to recently) containers are GREAT for balconies, fire escapes or indoors. I agree the vintage stroller is gorgeous and would look fab in a vintage setting or even contemporary with a twist! Thanks for commenting and your enthusiasm! :-)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome! This is one of the most beautiful craft hubs I have ever seen. I love all of them, especially the boots and the vintage baby carriage. I am going to look for one of those. This is OUTSTANDING and fun! Pinning and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      When was this written and why am I just seeing it now? I love this hub....putting this on my Living Simple blog and Facebook page. What great ideas, Irish! :) We just got a free clothes dresser from a garage sale and it is in our garden right now; next spring we will fill it with dirt and plant it.....I love the boots in this hub. Thank you my dear; will be using this hub over and over again.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      These were fantastic!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks heaps for your comments!! It certainly is fun and it is amazing what you can use - love the stroller too and the footwear ideas I love!! A high heel planted for indoor use would be awesome in a siting room, kitchen, hall anywhere really! Appreciate your support, votes and sharing my friend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ya Bill,

      I launched this about a week or less. I have another one I will publish soon you may enjoy too!! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and loyal support! So you got a dresser . . . . sounds great! It is amazing what can be used to plant in and often is in the home already Appreciate the link on your blog and fb my friend!!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for reading! Delighted you enjoyed, appreciate you commenting :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This should be a hub of the year! Great ideas and so "green" valuable. Love the recycling usage here. Voted up and will share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Well i don't know about hub of the year but I do thank you most sincerely for such a generous comment!! It was great fun doing as I love container planting for all sorts. Appreciate your support, votes and sharing very much!!! :-)

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      I love all of these ideas! They are so cute. I love the boots, baby stoller, old tires, and watering cans the best. So creative. I love plants and gardens especially when they have a little unique flare. Thanks for sharing.

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      James Timothy Peters 4 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      This is a GREAT idea! WONDERFUL!!

      Thumbs up & More!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi nmdonders,

      Thanks so much for visiting here! I 'm glad you enjoyed these ideas and also love gardening! So many ideas are very do-able and will give you that creative look to your home and garden. Many thanks for your comments! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi James,

      Welcome and thanks for visiting! Appreciate your votes and support! A fun look at everyday items that can add a sparkle to your planting! :-)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      So many wonderful ideas! Some I would never have thought about. Great hub! Voted up and more! :)

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Wow, this is an impressive list. I'm all for recycling. You've just given me many ideas to play with. Ballet shoes make good containers as well. Rated up and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sg,

      The mind boggles when it comes to possibilities! I want to try each and every one! lol Thanks so much for stopping by,always lovely to see you and many thanks for your positive comments and votes! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi anginwu,

      Thanks so much for reading!! Great idea for ballet shoes, how cute they would look!! Delighted you have found some new ideas here and I appreciate your votes and comments always!!! :-)

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      Abby 4 years ago from Ireland

      Fantastic photos :) Such lovely ideas, I wouldn't have even considered some of these. Thanks for sharing some inspiration :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Abby,

      Lovely to see you here! Thanks a million for your very welcome comments, glad they gave you a few ideas. Believe it or not there were more I had but it would have been so long an article! Maybe I'l do a second one! Appreciate your support :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Suzie,

      These are very creative ideas. You certainly have me looking out for useless stuff to be made useful.

      Voting this up and all the way across. Sharing and pinning too.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rajan,

      Glad you enjoyed and found interesting ways of making useless useful! It is amazing what can be utilised if we think a little outside the box! Thanks rajan for your support, voting and sharing, appreciate it lots my friend!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      It seems that just about anything can be used to hold soil and plants. Never thought of most of these. Excellent list of items to use as planters.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Angelo52,

      Welcome and Thank you very much! I know, it is amazing what can be used, I seriously never thought of a car and lo and behold . . . . .I found a reference to it!! Appreciate your commenting Angelo! :-)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Suzie, you have shared brilliant ideas here. As a gardener I will love to play by these interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinaya,

      Good to see you and thanks for your visit and comments! Glad you found some useful if strange ideas here!! :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! Beautiful! I´m always open for new ideas and these are great ideas. I would love to try them all in my Philippines garden. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, shared and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      Your a star, thank you for the lovely comments hope you find it valuable for your garden!! Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderfully-written hub with loads of unique ideas and attractive photos! This is ideal for many who are green-conscious. I am willing to adopt some of these smart ideas. Once again, an amazing hub! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Fantastic and unique ideas.

      Thanks for sharing

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      alwaysamber 4 years ago

      Such great ideas! May have to try some of these, myself. Thanks for sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      Lovely to see you. Hopefully there is something here you will be able to use for a container idea yourself. So many options exist around us. Really appreciate your lovely complimentary comments, votes, shares and pin - you rock!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi thumbi7,

      Welcome to my recycled world and so glad you enjoyed this. Hope you get to try a few out.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi alwaysamber,

      Hope you enjoy testing some ideas out at home. Anything with a bottom in it is potentially usable as a gardening container. Many thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Such great ideas! I've used a water pitcher for planting but I really look forward to testing some of the ideas above. Thanks for sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Better Yourself,

      Many thanks for your enthusiastic comments! It is fun to look around at all the possibilities for containers that add so much interest to planting! Hope you enjoy trying some out!

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      boxxies 4 years ago

      I love all those ideas, specially the old kid rainboots.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi boxxies,

      Many thanks for commenting, i love the wellies too, so colorful. Cheers for dropping in!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hi there, Suzie,

      I just saw the link to this post on the new G+ author's community. What fun ideas! I've seen some of these done here and there, even bathtubs.. but an entire car? What a hoot!

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      hi DzyMsLizzy,

      Good to see you are in the Google+ community too! I thought it might show some unique ways of recycling and saving the cash with these containers. The car I must confess I did a double take on, thinking who would cut up a car for planting but hey . . . if it works why knock it?!!! Thanks so much for visit and votes!!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I love your clever ideas! I never thought newspapers would be a good container for plants. Voted up and awesome. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FullOf LoveSites,

      Many thanks for your comments, the amount of container possibilities is amazing. Hope you get to try a few out for planting! Appreciate your votes here :-)

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      Kristi Patrice Carter 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Oh wow, I am so amazed on these trashes that can be recycled for gardening...really excited for my old shoes to turn into shoe pots...thanks for the wonderful ideas...I recycled cartons and bottles and now I will work on my next project which is planting and recycling...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi launchevity,

      How good of you to swing by. I love the shoes ideas too, for small plants they look funky and if you are stuck for space they make great ideas for apartments or city living. The amount of things you can use is up to you and your creativity a bit. If it has a bottom in it . . . . you can probably use it! Many thanks, for your input!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great, great hub! I love the creativity!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      So glad you found this interesting and creative . . . amazing what can be achieved out of ordinary things!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Pinned! These are such great ideas. I was going to use old pots to start my peppers, but now those don't seem creative enough. I'm sure we have some too-small rain boots in the back of the closet somewhere.... -Ginger

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ExpectGreatThings,

      Welcome to my mad world of plant pot ideas! Anything with a bottom in it is a good guide for using unique things around the home. Just make sure you remember drainage holes or make sure to add stones, rocks old broken bits of terracotta pots or saucers to your soil. many thanks for commenting and dropping by, much appreciated!!

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      Ana Gajic 4 years ago from World of Words

      And you'd think shoes are only shoes:) I am amazed with this many creative ideas in one place:) Excellent hub:)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Ana,

      It is amazing what can be made into a flower, plant or herb pot as these photos show some of the normal and wacky types used! Hope you get to try a few out this summer, shoes are a real fun way I think but I would not be rushing to plant up a real pair of favorites i have to admit!! Many thanks Ana for your comments! :-)

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      Obreinfamily 4 years ago from florissant

      This is a cute idea. I once seen a neighbor add flowers to an old bathtub that she placed outside. It was unique and had kind of a vintage look to it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Obreinfamily,

      A friend of mine has one too planted up and it looks great in the garden! Definitely got that vintage feel as you say. Appreciate you commenting and stopping by!

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      Voted up, useful and beautiful. There are so many amazing ideas here- they could transform a garden into a place of history and interest in no time at all! (I'm thinking vintage tins and barrels)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sparkleyfinger,

      Great city Glasgow, i love it and have been several times! Many thanks for visiting and for your comments. Glad you found these ideas interesting and a vintage theme in tins and barrels sounds fabulous! If you ever do it i would love to add them in to this as a link for you! Thanks again! :-)

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      I think it would work better in a country cottage than a Glasgow flat, to be fair! Can always dream though! I'd LOVE to visit Ireland, just biding my time and saving up- I'm sure id be spending plenty of times in the pubs :P hahahaha

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sparkleyfinger,

      A small scale container garden is ideal for city apartments! Hope you get a chance to visit us across the Irish Sea, plenty of pubs to satisfy your thirst! LOl Cheers for comments!

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      Sharidenise 4 years ago from Louisville, TN

      Fascinating! Enjoyed this Hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sharidenise,

      Many thanks for checking this out! I love container planting and unusual containers make it all so much fun! Appreciate your input!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      These are brilliant suggestions. It would certainly give my garden a quirky appearance to match my quirky nature. I'm going to start scrounging around in the garage.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Thanks for your lovely comments, much appreciated! i love that you are quirky, me too (I think!) so many of these will be right up your alley, so to speak. have fun scrounging around and recycling into quirky containers for planting! Thanks for your interest!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      This is over-the-top awesome with ideas for reusing and upcyling containers and "stuff" that would otherwise get junked or not used. Voted up, awesome, and sharing!

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Great ideas and I love the pictures. One of my personal favorites, popular in my area, is an old wooden rowboat or sailboat. When the boat is no good anymore, people fill them with soil and create a huge planter.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Suzie - Thanks so much for this magnificent hub on recycled container gardening ideas. You've provided so many great ideas here. These photos are eye-catching and help the reader to imagine what they can come up with. Very very well done!

      I voted the entire group and am so happy to share this just everywhere!

      I just love you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Lovely to read your comments, so glad you enjoy this unique look at container ideas which really are all around us! Love the idea of re-using otherwise thrown out or sold on items into something functional. Appreciate your votes and for sharing!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Fantastic ideas but I especially like the welllies. My daughter has utilized some clear plastic watercooler bottles. She cut the tops off, lined them with scallop shells for decoration and filled them with compost, then planted strawberry plants in them

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Sooooo cute! Voted up & shared here and on Twitter!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Delores,

      LOVE the boat idea so popular where you live! I have seen it used at restaurants or businesses and would love one of those. My partner however would want to restore the boat as he loves boats and wants to eventually have one in Italy, when we move, I will be doing the garden so planter ideas are just what I will be using! Thanks so much for your visit, comment and input, greatly appreciate your interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vocalcoach,

      So lovely to receive your comments here, I am humbled by your words of praise. Containers are fascinating to me and have always loved being "different" when it comes to creating things and I hate throwing things out, a perfect combination for chaos! LOL Hope some will feature in your home or garden, thanks so much for votes and shares, it means a great deal. Have a great weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Lovely to hear your daughter's idea, must try that as it sounds gorgeous, thanks for the idea!! Wellies I love and this pic I fell in love with, who wouldn't?? Appreciate your support, have a great weekend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi heidi,

      Cheers for your interest here and for voting and shares. Hope you try a few cuties out!!

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Amazingly wonderful hub! Great pictures, great dividers, great layout, great inspiration and challenge to keep things out of the landfills by reusing them, and most of all GREAT IDEAS! I'll make a trip into my own garage to see what I can use for planters (I've already roamed the house with some success and I haven't even had my first cup of coffee yet!). Voted up, excellent, etc. (You always write the BEST articles, Suzie HQ.)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Laura,

      Wow, your comments have really meant the world to me! Thank you Laura, I am thrilled by your enthusiasm and support. Hope you finished that cup of coffee, i love my first morning cuppa caffeine! Have fun looking for containers in the garage, i am sure you will find some lurking there in the shadows! Best not to cut up the car though! lol My partner being a car mechanic and petrol head was horrified at the pic of a part of a car used!

      Appreciate your votes and kind words, truly THANK YOU!

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      You're very welcome, of course, but really it is merely the truth. I learn and/or am inspired so much by hubbers, especially you and a few key others.

      (I think my coffee got chilly, but I did finish it anyway when I was done scouring the house.)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Laura,

      Appreciate your input and kind words. I know what cool or cold coffee is like too! Hope you found a few useful items to recycle for plants! Happy planting :-)

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      Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

      Suzie; Nice, useful and attractive ideas both for recycling and saving money, and for providing interesting talking points in the garden. I especially like the comical opening photo of the wellies, and the very attractive closing photo of the cart filled with flowers!

      Regarding No33 - Tyres - In parts of rural Thailand the villages use old tyres for growing herbs and other plants. They can often be seen lining the roadside in front of the houses. And there's a community element to it - in each village the tyres tend to be painted in the village colours. In one village all the planters may be blue and white, while in the next they may be green or black and yellow.

      Excellent useful and colourful article Suzie. Voted up. Alun.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alun,

      How great to see you my friend! Delighted to receive your comments and what an interesting story about the tires in Thailand! Love that idea how everyone uses them and different colors denotes the different villages. You are a mind of information, love it! Glad you like the wellies and the cart (my favorite and I am not biased of course!). I took the photo of the cart as we were driving through a local village here so I had to stop and take a few pics just because I loved everything about it. it was on the main street of this village next to a newsagent / general store so had to have a 99 ice cream cone and sit by the cart admiring it. Cheers for your lovely words, which mean a great deal from a writer and photographer I respect and admire greatly. Gratitude as always Alun!

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      PennyCarey 4 years ago from Felton

      Such wonderful Ideas. I especially like the shoe idea, it's cute!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Penny,

      Many thanks for commenting and so glad you enjoyed the ideas! I love the shoes too, they really look super for small succulents in particular!

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      mahua sengupta 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Innovative and lovely ideas ..... thanks for sharing this...I look forward to apply this idea in any of my recycled items....I have bookmark this hub.... as I always love to nurture with innovative ideas! I vote up for you and Awesome!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mahua,

      Many thanks for your interest in these ideas and hope you get to use a few soon! It is amazing what can be used for a container for plants around the home. Appreciate your votes and comment greatly :-)

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Old, discolored or ruined plasticware works great, too, with a few drainage holes drilled in the bottom. Or you could pound in a fat nail a few times for drainage. Pop in a paper coffee filter (the round kind) and you've covered the holes to keep the dirt in and let the extra water out. Decorate, or have the kids decorate, the outside of the container in permanent marker (use caution, obviously, because it's permanent). ANY kind of craft can probably be adapted to decorate the outside. If you paint it, however, make sure the paint says that it's good for use on plastic or the plastic will melt; don't worry, there's a huge selection of colors and now spray paint is often available in small sizes (1/2 cans). (Popsicle stick box around the outside of the pot and drainage dish?) Cheers Suzie and everyone...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi laura,

      Thanks for those ideas, plastic pots I have painted many times and used in recycling ways. Great suggestions you have, appreciate your thoughts and for comment!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Fantastic ideas. I love the rain boots, and the vintage baby stroller. It's mazing how we can reuse things, and make something absolutely beautiful and original.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Monis Mas,

      Many thanks for your interest and comment. Glad you found the ideas fun and intriguing. I love unusual containers and being creative.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most creative suggestions and truly amazingly thought off

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi DDE,

      Glad you enjoyed these suggestions and hope you try out a few! Thanks for popping by!

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      Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I voted this across the board. You know this hub is right up my ally to decorate with found objects. Pinned and shared and voted up. Love this to pieces!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! These are amazing ideas and so creative. It is amazing how items can be recycled into useful and beautiful pieces. I love the blue wheelbarrow and the colourful boot planters. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi Suzie.

      I loved this hub and your inventive ideas. I have used quite a few of them too in my gardening years. You may like to check out my hub on how to build stone planters, all they cost me was a few euros for the sand and cement and a bit of time and effort as I gathered the stone from around where I live and built them myself. It was easy and rewarding.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi suzzycue,

      A lady after my own heart who loves decorating things! If it has a bottom in it it can be reused for planting is a good rule of thumb of mine!LOL Thanks so much for your great support in votes and shares, you are so good!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      So good to see you and delighted you enjoyed this one!i love containers and paint terracotta ones which i have sold in markets, shops and privately. Even color co-ordinated for rooms and plants. Love the boot planters too you could see them in many places even a restaurant or pub called "The Old Boot" which I saw on TV recently in a movie! Thanks so much for votes, your interest is always welcome and appreciated!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bac2basics,

      Many thanks and did adore your hub by the way, love the stone planters you made! Appreciate your comments and support!

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh what inspiring container ideas. I have some houseplants that are excited about a new home like some of these suggestions! Love the pictures!

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Such a beautiful and inspiring hub. I love gardening and I know flower pots can cost a fortune. I will soon be of to plant my seeds for this year. I earlier knew about planting them in toilet rolls, I think that is a great idea. When my plants grew bigger I will come back here to get inspired.

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      This was beautiful. All the ideas mentioned are too good and I loved them all. All the things that are mentioned above are usually present in the house. This hub gave me a better idea to use them rather than disposing them off. Thanks for the valuable information. :)

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      Bao 3 years ago from Tualatin

      Great Ideas, anyone have ideas on how to make a self-watering system out of Herbalife Canisters and Milk jugs? I have been looking at the Alexandria Heron's Fountain and trying to incorporate the two ideas into one. Any thoughts?

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      Oh so cool and great ideas. Some other will love these ideas and I am going to add you link here to my link about gardening anywhere. This is a perfect match for that!!

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      Eugene Brennan 3 years ago from Ireland

      Here's another one for your list Suzanne. The inner stainless steel drums from washing machines. They even have pre-drilled drainage holes, stay shiny and don't rust. The drums from spin driers are similar but smaller diameter, but probably not as common nowadays. Chimney pots/flues can also be used (something would have to be wedged into the bottom to stop compost falling out).

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for such a great list of new ideas. Haven't brought myself to gardening from old china, but I do think it's pretty. As for old shoes, I tried it but my husband wouldn't take his foot out of it :) Adding it to my gardening board.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Great ideas. I've used the old tires for potatoes

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      BarbaraCasey 2 years ago

      Wonderful compilation of ideas. Love the colander-with-pre-made-holes concept.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      I LOVE these cute, diverse & colourful containers!

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      Nightblade 2 years ago

      Any ideas for Herbalife Canisters? Would they work better horizontal or vertical?

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Fantastic hub! I love the rain boots and the kiddie pool idea. Thank you so much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much glad you enjoyed, much appreciate your comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers lawrence01 tires are wonderfully useful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks BarbaraCasey love the colander too!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Not familiar with Herbalife Canisters I'm afraid. Try both and see which is better, they may both work well.

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      Nicole Grizzle 2 years ago from Georgia

      These are the cutest! I was just about to throw out some old boots, but after reading this article I put some really beautiful marigolds growing in them. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Suzanne, I give this a two thumbs up if I could. Great ideas. I would think of these ideas for expanding my container garden next year. Voted up for super useful!

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      Audrey Hunt 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I just love coming back to this hub. Such clever ideas. I found a pair of antique shoes, waterproofed the leather and planted yellow and white baby daisies inside. I get lots of compliments on these planters.

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      inese lewis 20 months ago

      I invest my time heavily in garden recycling. I love experimenting and creating .Your hub pages inspire me. Where can I post some pics from my backyard garden? Just want to share ideas.

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