Long gone are the days of simply planting your flowers in a boring pot and arranging them nicely on your porch. We’ve levelled up! There are tons of amazing and easy ways to spice up your indoor and outdoor decor with some unique planters.
Especially since we’re all going to be inside for the foreseeable future, we may as well take the time to breathe some refreshing plant-life into our homes.
1) Build a living wall
These are all the rage right now, especially for those who live in apartments or anyone without full gardens to tend to. Living walls breathe some fresh air into an indoor environment, and look super unique! They’re easy to create yourself and are easy to maintain. They only require a light misting about once a week.
2) Forget a fish bowl – try an indoor water garden
These are easy to make on your own, they’re low maintenance, and they make great gifts! What’s not to love? Make sure to buy submergent plants that will thrive underwater. Moss balls also make a bright addition and it’s fun to watch them grow.
3) Hang dried eucalyptus in your shower
So this may not be a decoration many of your guests would see, but it’s a nice touch to your daily routine. Not only does it look great, it will make your bathroom smell amazing too! It’s also very inexpensive and lasts for ages.
Eucalyptus helps with breathing and relaxation, and acts as a natural insect repellent in case you happen to have an outdoor shower.
4) Re-purpose those old shoes
You don’t have to throw away your favorite old shoes just yet! If they’ve lived a good life but no longer work to protect your feet, you can repurpose them in the garden. That’s right, you can give your garden a little more personality by turning an old shoe into a new pot.
The possibilities are endless. Boots, running shoes, heels, rain boots, your grandpas old loafers – they all make for great plant pots.
5) Create a herb wall
Whether you build this inside or outside your home, a herb wall is both cute and functional. By growing basic household herbs yourself, you can add a fresh flavor to your home cooked meals. And they can double as a beautiful wall feature like this one!
6) Build a whole cylinder of succulents
Is there anything better than when it looks like nature has taken over? From the twisted tree roots taking over the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, to the little green (albeit, annoying) grass bits that conquer their way through the cracks in the concrete, nature always finds a way.
And you can create that same effect by plating multiple succulents in one planter, having them stick out all over the place like they’re taking over. Great both indoors and out.
7) Tiered hanging pots
Take hanging plant pots to the next level by layering them! Using brightly colored or patterned pots is the best way to feature an otherwise plain space. And switching up the types of plants in each pot provides a slightly more wild look.
8) Mix and match with white pots
This is a fantastic touch to a minimalist style. White pots are easy to come by, and help the greenery or other color of your favorite plants to pop against the neutral shade. By mixing and matching different succulents into different sized and shaped white pots, it gives off an air of variety while still remaining simple and elegant.
9) Hang geometric wall planters
Create matching shapes or a series of different shapes to bring a bare wall-space to life. These quirky little planters are unique yet understated, and if you plant low-maintenance flowers you can basically forget about them! But the design won’t be forgettable to your visitors.
10) A plant chandelier
That word evokes thoughts of mansions and regal decor, but it can works for plants too!
With just a little wood, rope, curved nails and some household tools, you can put this together all on your own. It makes a great feature for an outdoor garden space, or another way to hang your potted plants if you’ve run out of space.
11) Don’t toss the old dishes!
A matching set of old dishes can be repurposed as small plant pots. They make a great centre piece and can pull a room together with matching dish ware of different shapes and sizes. It also helps to avoid the guilt of getting rid of something you don’t use anymore.
12) Build a glass terrariums
These are great because the possibilities are really endless! Find interesting shapes for the glass containers and different kinds of moss and rocks to fill them with. You can even add little people and and create scenes, place pocket deities, healing crystals, or whatever else piques your fancy.
And a major bonus is that they’re extremely low maintenance.
13) Topiaries to lengthen a space
Use topiaries to compliment a big mirror or lengthen a mantle space (or both, it this case!). Topiaries require a bit of maintenance because they’re picky about how much water they get, but they look great so they’re worth the little extra effort and TLC.
14) Shoe organizer turned herb space
If you’re a big herb fan, and love to garnish your dishes and cocktails, you’ll need lots of plants! If you have an outdoor bar area this is an epic way to decorate and give your guests the best mojito they’ve ever had.
Hang a shoe-organizer and fill each pocket with a small herb pot. It will give you an entire wall of herbs which makes for a great feature inside or out.
15) A spilling pot planter
Use a plant that will spill out over it’s pot and cascade down the wall next to a bookshelf or in the corner of a room. It looks unique and can draw attention to the space next to it, or fill an empty corner.
16) Create a lively headboard
Use dried flowers or low maintenance plants to secure (very sturdily) above your bed. Depending on how much greenery you want in your life, you could build an entire living wall above the bed, or just a simple accent with one plant pot like this one.
17) Rustic wooden air planters
Air plants are amazing because they don’t need any soil! They naturally absorb moisture through their leaves, which makes them awesome decorative house plants.
By securing them to wooden blocks, you can create a beautiful rustic effect – great for a cottage or cozy winter home.
18) Jellyfish air planters
If you can get your hands on a sea urchin shell like these, or another round ocean shell, you can easily DIY a “jellyfish”! Perfect for kids rooms, beach houses, or anyone who just loves a jellyfish, like me.
And because the “tentacles” can be achieved with a simple air plant, they’re easy to take care of. Bonus!
19) Wine glass terrariums
These looks great in a bar space, kitchen, or just on the porch for summertime. You can also find giant wine glasses, champagne flutes, martini glasses etc. Which make a more exaggerated feature.
20) This giant moss clock
Giant clocks are already a cool feature on their own, but by covering it with moss it creates a beautiful pop of green. Of course, there’s a small problem posed when there’s no numbers visible on the clock but, it’s more of a decoration than an actual clock.
You’ll get the gist of what time it is, but maybe don’t use it to decorate your office!
21) Spooky skull planters
Forget the boring old orange and black decorations for halloween – try spooky succulents instead! Or maybe you like spooky vibes all year round. Maybe you have a space where you keep all your tarot cards. Whatever your preference, this is undoubtedly badass.
22) Use a fruit basket for something other than fruit
A metal fruit basket looks great with some DIY weaving. Lining the basket with moss allows for dirt to stay contained and plants to thrive within the confines of the basket.
23) Use embroidery hoops to hang plants
Who would have thought embroidery hoops could double as plant pots. But it’s 2020 and creative innovation has taken things to the next level. This hanging planter works in place of art on the wall and pairs well with simple minimalist design.
24) String up your plants
This is such a fun and easy DIY which gives you virtually limitless ways to decorate an area. Use one big wooden panel or multiple, different styles and shades of wood, different colored string, different designs, whatever your creative mind desires! Air plants are so easy to maintain so once you finish the project you can hang it up and let it be. Just soak them for 5-10 minutes in water every 2 weeks.
25) Funky tea pot… pots
Some antique tea pots make for adorable plant pots! This works well in a kitchen area for an herb garden, but any other small green plant or colorful flower works too.
And I’m just going to say it – if you fill it with plants and a little pot pourri, it becomes a perfect tea pot and pot pourri plant pot. Alliteration is beautiful.
26) Mad hatter layered plant pots
This wild look is reminiscent of magical Alison in Wonderland’s crazy time at the tea party. The layering takes up a lot of space both vertically and horizontally so it can fill a big empty space quite easily.
And as long as you’re sure everything is secure, you can keep layering up as high as you want!
Also using corks to label each plant is a a cute twist and easy way to use up any old corks you have lying around.
27) Glass mason jars for herbs
For a rustic and more earthy look, you can use see through glass mason jars to expose the dirt in your plant pots! It works well for small plants like herbs, and you can create a little garden that hangs on the wall of your kitchen for easy access and more counter space.
28) Antique and aged plant pots
You can use old tattered looking plant pots, vases, or other containers instead of traditional pots. The difference between the fresh crisp green plants and old container will make for a striking contrast.
29) Welcome your guests with a succulent wreath
Wreathes aren’t just for Christmas! A colorful more spring/summer twist on the holiday classic can be mastered with some pastels. Of course, succulents are the best and easiest way to achieve this look because they’re so low maintenance and come in a variety of styles and colors.
30) Try a quick and easy terraplanter
This is perfect if your thumb is a little less than green. It’s easy to manage and you get to watch the flowers take over the planter as they grow! Nature at its best. The simple planter takes up such little space that you can put it almost anywhere.
31) Turn your porch into a garden
Especially if you don’t have a garden you may be begging for green space. You can easily turn your porch into a make-shift garden by filling it with a variety of different plants. Big and small, hanging, perched on coffee tables, or sitting on the floor.
It will make you feel refreshed when you sit and read among them all. And it’s a little lower maintenance than a real garden because you don’t have to worry about weeds or mowing the lawn!
32) Try a lush green feature wall
These are so striking and bring such a refreshing look to an otherwise dark space. Choosing plants that need a light spritzing make these epic walls a low maintenance decoration for your home.
33) Over-sized plants
These can be the focal point for one area of a room and bring it to life! A giant plant looks great next to a sofa or couch, and can easily fill in for any spot that you think looks empty.
34) Dried plants
Using dried plants can add a beautiful dusty, warm tone to your room. Perfect for brown and white themes in a home. And because they’re dried – no upkeep needed! You can buy pre-dried plants or dry your own.
35) High ceilings? No problem.
Tall ceilings offer more flexibility but can also be difficult to decorate. But it means you have the option to grow a climbing plant! Let nature do its thing as it cover the walls, reaching up to the sun coming through a skylight. Ficus are a good starting point, because they’re low maintenance and grow tall.
36) Tropical theme
An excess of dark green foliage of different kinds can create a beautiful tropical theme in your home. It will help you feel less cooped up indoors if you can escape to a room full of plants and flowers! It’s good for the soul.
37) Color blocking themes
If you have a favorite color, you can use it to accent a space along with more greenery. Like the space below, purple and green work beautifully together and there are lots of purple flowers to choose from so you can mix and match your favorites!
38) Liven up your bookshelf with a unique “bookmark”
Stash a decoy book in among your other favorite novels to bring some quirky plant life to your shelf. Be sure to use a low-maintenance plant that doesn’t require a lot of water to prevent any accidental spills getting on the surrounding books when you go to water your plant.
39) Windowsill herb garden
Give your herbs lots of sunlight and bring your windowsill to life with an herb garden. This also looks great over a sink (if your sink is under a window). And you can use different colored containers or one bright color that pops to have an accent space.
Is there anything better than fresh herbs for cooking? I think not.