If you've been using the same old clay pots to plant your indoor and outdoor flowers, it's time to get innovative and creative. Everyone has those Saturdays and Sundays where there just isn't anything to do. When you get the feeling it’s one of those days, jump in the car and drive to a local antique shop. Chances are, they will have a wide variety of different pots and vases that could easily be turned into flower pots. Try and choose ones that are made of materials that won't rust. Using old pots can be a way to give your garden a unique and vintage touch. This works especially well with wildflower gardens, as it tends to add a balanced element to a beautifully chaotic garden.
For more traditional flower pots but with a unique edge, try the flip flop flower pot. This is a bunch of everyday clay pots with a rod through them to make it appear as if they are stacked on top of one another and about to topple over. When filled with pansies or other small flowers and grown in big clusters, these flip flop flower pots are truly adorable. TheRusticGarden.com also offers a unique spin to the clay pot. This website has figures of girls and boys made out of everyday, ordinary items. In their hands and held above their heads they are holding clay flower pots. The prices for these item range between $40 and $100 but it’s a great way to make your garden a little more fun.
Mailboxes also offer a great option. The more unique you can find, the better. If you turn it facing up, and fill it with dirt, you can have an eye catching planter to greet visitors as they walk into your garden. You can use practically any odd item with a deep enough shape to plant flowers. Take for example, bicycle or motorcycle helmets. Old wooden chests make great planters as well. They go along with the antique theme, as it can add a very rustic and aged look to your garden.
For those who like to sit on their porch in the morning, sipping tea, and reading the newspaper, then this planter could be just what you need to really set the mood. Find an old tea kettle that has a wide enough opening that you can add some soil and some small pansies or mums. You can even match the color scheme to give it a really finished and put together look. Along those same lines, watering cans offer a perfect shape to plant flowers.
New planters can also be a great way for some bonding with your kids or just to make some 'You' time. There are many ways you can spice up ordinary clay pots. Some people use a cement-like mixture and spread it over the pot, placing small trinkets and other decorations into it before it dries. Amazon has a book titled "Fantastic Flower Pots: 50 Creative Ways to Decorate a Plain Flower Pot". In it, you will find, as the title suggests, 50 ideas followed by step-by-step instructions. We all need a little time away from the usual stress of daily life. Take a break and create something beautiful or fun. Create something that will add to your garden and enhances its beauty.
When resorting to unique items to make planters out of, be sure to keep in mind the issue of drainage. You cannot simply take a tea kettle and stuff soil into it without poking holes in the bottom. Your plants will eventually die of root rot because the moisture in the soil won't be able to dry quick enough. Therefore, take the necessary precautions when making a container. Keep in mind drainage, space, breathability, as well as other issues that clay pots generally consider. Don't use materials that rust, as this may adversely affect your plants health.