Some of the remarkable things you can make out of flower pots include holders for various items in your home, unique pieces of furniture, and new ways to serve food at your next dinner party. You can also use planters for a variety of new, and seldom thought of, uses, including as a drink cooler.
While you might think that you are not handy enough to make any of these projects a reality, most of them take little more than some paint, glue, and a little know-how. So, break out your glue gun, stir up your paint, and prepare to craft a variety of useful items using flower pots and planters around your home.
Making a bird bath out of your clay pots is another great project. All you need to make a beautiful bird bath are four clay pots, some clay saucers, adhesive caulk, and spray paint in the color you want to make the birdbath. Find out more on this project at Tracy’s Trinkets & Treasures.
You don’t need a barbecue to make S’mores. You can pop some charcoal into a large or small terra cotta planter and enjoy a patio potluck. Get all the details on how to do it here.
You can also use clay pots to keep bugs off of your food when eating outside. Simply paint the pots to the color you like. Once dry, slip a loop of knotted rope through the hole in the bottom of the pot. Then, place the pot over your dish once you place it outside.
Another great way to utilize flower pots is to glue them together and store bottles of wine in them. You can also add some fake grapes for a more authentic look. Then, the next time you need some wine, you have easy access to it.
Paint some flowers pots so they match your bathroom decor. Fill them with Q-tips, cotton balls, and other items. They will look nice, match your bathroom, and keep it organized.
You can also make a bird feeder out of flower pots to go along with your clay pot bird bath. Simply drill some seed holes in the bottom of the pot using a glass and tile drill bit, glue the clay pot to a saucer, and place a loose saucer on top. Hang via a knotted cord run through the hole in the clay pot and saucers.
If you have a medium clay pot and saucer, paint it and make a colorful holder for your plunger in the bathroom. Make sure to put a liner in the bottom of the saucer to keep any toilet water from getting on your floor. Also, make sure to clean the plunger holder occasionally.
If you have some small flower pots, use them as candle holders. Place the candles in the pots, and position them where you want. When you need a little candlelight, light the candles with no worries, as the pots should catch any melting wax.
If you don’t have a stand for these things, you have to hang them off the side of the table — and that’s just asking for an accident. Instead, make a beverage dispenser stand from a flower pot and saucer. Glue the upside-down saucer to the bottom of the planter, and place your dispenser on top of it.
You can also use a small pot to fashion an easy-to-make pincushion for your sewing area. Start by filling the small pot with a stuffing material. Next, glue a covering material, such as fleece or microfiber cloth, to the inner edge of the pot. Finish by decorating the outside of the pot to your tastes.
Why not have the best of both worlds? Fill the bottom of a large pot halfway with gravel, and add a candle in a glass hurricane holder to the middle of the pot. On top of the gravel, add some soil and some plants. Now, you have a nice light source for your back patio.
If you have a lot of mail, notes, or other clutter around an area in your home, use flower pots to keep it sorted. Look for brightly colored flower pots or paint them to match the color you want. Next, sort your clutter into the appropriate pot — mail in one, important notes in another, etc.
Keep your condiments, napkins, and utensils neat and in one place with flower pots. It’s a lot nicer than tossing them on the table. You can also paint or decorate them so they’ll be festive looking.
Turn a large clay pot into an accent table for your patio area. To accomplish this, paint a large pot and its accompanying saucer with the color you want, add any decorations, and glue the saucer to the bottom of the pot. Place where you like in your outdoor area.
Craft a small clay pot and saucer into a gumball machine candy dish for the kids. All you need are a clay pot, clay saucer, some acrylic paint, a glass bowl, and glue. You can find this fun and easy project at Amy Latta Creations.
You can also make a nice-looking treat holder for your doggie using a clay pot and saucer. To personalize it, paint the outside and add the name of your pet. Just make sure to keep it out of their reach or they might sneak into it when you are not looking.
Flower pot fire pits are the prettiest fire pits. Fill one with rocks and a chafing fuel container. Get all the details here.
Create a vertical garden using flower pots for a balcony or other outdoor area of your home. All you need are a variety of flower pots, the proper tools, and a little skill. To find the tutorial for this project, check out The Horticult.
For this project, you need various sizes of small pots with drainage holes, some paint, and jute twine. Paint the pots, and hang them on the twine at the height you want. You can use knots to keep the pots close together without touching, as detailed in the tutorial here.
Why buy an expensive smoker when you can make one from a clay pot. You can cook an entire chicken on this thing. Learn how to make one here.
To keep all of your gardening tools in one place, fill a medium-sized flower pot about halfway with sand. When finished with your tools, clean them and place them in the pot. The sand gives them something to stick into so that they stay upright and ready to go for the next time.
All you need for this project are some clay pots, a length of chain, and some smaller chain that fits through the holes in the pots. As water fills up each pot, it spills over into the one below, continuing until it reaches a clay saucer filled with pebbles at the bottom. You can find out how to make this project at All Things Heart & Home.
Use tiny clay pots to hold cupcakes. To make them, place a cupcake liner in the bottom of each pot, pour in the cupcake mix, and bake until done. Finish by covering with frosting and adding garnish as desired. Find out how to make them here.
Another neat little project is to turn flower pots and saucers into a holder for your jewelry. Simply place three saucers of varying sizes, from large to small, facing up, and glue some medium-size pots in between the bottom and second tier. Finish by adding paint.
Want your house numbers to stand out? Use some garden planters. Place one number on each planter and really make your house numbers stand out. Or place several numbers on one planter. You can put flowers in it or place lights inside of it.
Another great use for flower pots is to turn them into decorative items for your garden, such as colorful toadstools. Glue the saucer, facing down, to the bottom of the pot. Paint the pots a neutral color, such as white or gray, and paint the saucers in a more vibrant color.
Paint small pots in colors matching the decor of your kitchen, and use them to store pieces of cutlery. You can even add stylized representations of the cutlery held by each pot, or simply write the name of the cutlery.
Using a clay pot as a gift holder is a unique way to give a gift to a friend, family member, or co-worker. Paint the outside of a medium-sized pot to match the occasion, and fill it with a variety of gifts. This project is perfect for a birthday or a baby or bridal shower.
This idea is brilliant! If you have a planter that you’re absolutely in love with, toss a glass top or wooden piece over it. It can be turned into an instant table.
For a great-looking colored pencil or paintbrush holder, paint a lovely design on a small clay pot, and keep them near your work area. Another way to apply designs onto your pots is to use decoupage to apply a design of your choice, such as on a napkin or paper.
You can glue a bunch of painted clay pots and saucers together to hold a variety of items, including cupcakes. To make this, glue a large saucer, facing up, to the top of a medium upside-down pot. On top of that, glue a small upside-down pot, followed by a medium saucer, facing up.
Small clay pots are great for holding side dishes, such as dips and other items. Some great food items to place in a small pot to add a nice touch to your next dinner party include guacamole, pico de gallo, and bean dip, among many others.
Instead of using an unsightly tub to house your beverages and ice, use a planter. It looks a lot nicer. It’s also portable so you can bring it poolside or near the grill. Just make sure to seal it or you could have a mess on your hands when the ice melts.
Like many other dessert items, place ice cream in a tiny clay pot for a unique treat. Just make sure to get pots without holes to prevent a mess as the ice cream melts. To complete the effect, add some Oreo cookie crumbles to look like dirt.
Need an inexpensive way to store your pool towels? Use a planter. It will keep them nice and neat. It also won’t look like a cheap container on your pool deck. To make the towels fit better, roll them up instead of folding them.
A magazine holder is another great use for a flower pot. You need a large-sized pot and a wooden stand. Glue the pot to the wooden stand, and decorate the outside. For a truly unique look, use fabric or scrapbook paper to cover the rim of the pot.
You can even use a terracotta flower pot to bake bread. Before using, make sure to soak the pot in water for 20 minutes and then grease the inside with butter. Place the dough inside of the pot and bake in the oven. You can find the recipe here.
Looking for a great wedding favor? Then look no further. Tiny clay pots painted and containing a succulent plant make a great gift for your wedding guests. You can also use the pots as decorated centerpieces with table numbers painted on the side for easy seating.