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Getting Creative and Green: Unique Indoor Planter Ideas

Even though winter has arrived, we’re still the kind of plant lovers who will keep our spaces green. There are all kinds of fantastic indoor plants that can help you fight off winter blues, and that’s especially true if you’re willing to get crafty and creative with how they’re potted or display.

Just in case you love the idea of making some lovely indoor plant projects as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the best DIY planters that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!

1. PVC pipe planters


If you’re an avid crafter like us, then you’re probably already familiar with just how many things you can turn PVC pipes into! We love the way they’re useful but also provide a particular round, minimalist aesthetic to whatever they’re used in. Check out how The Happier Homemaker turned theirs into mini planters and painted them with colour blocked metallic gold for some shine.

2. Handmade clay pots


If you’ve never tried creating clay projects from scratch then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out! Get in on the fun in a way that relates to your love for greenery by trying your hand at these adorable clay planters, outlined in all different shapes on Say Yes.

3. Painted chip board and leather strap diamond hanger


Were you hoping for an indoor planter project that’s a little more hands-on and DIY, involving a few different really neat steps? In that case, we think you’ll get along quite well indeed with the way The Crafted Sparrow created diamonds from chip board, painting them different colours, and hung them up using custom leather straps.

4. Copper pipe mini pot holder


Mini terracotta pots are simple to find and easy to paint, but you can definitely display them a little more creatively than just setting them on different surfaces once they’ve dried! If you’ve ever enjoyed slightly industrial aesthetics, take a look at how Pure Sweet Joy made fantastic miniature pot holders from shiny copper piping.

5. Stamped clay pots


Did you like the idea we showed you earlier for making DIY clay pots but you’d prefer to make them with a bit more texture and detail? Then you simply must check out how Damask Love created these fantastic custom pots that have been stamped with different patterns before they dry. They also look great painted!

6. Geometric wire planters


Sometimes the artistic nature of a plant display is in how you set them up, rather than what you actually put them in. We love the way Homemade Ginger used thick crafting wire to create geometric domes around their tiny potted succulents, for example. This project is easier than it looks, which we also appreciate!

7. Simple berry basket planter


Would you rather create a project that lets you upcycle in some way? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how Simple As That planted a series of varying succulents right into an empty strawberry basket, as though you’ve been out collecting them in the garden.

8. Wooden standing succulent centrepiece


Did you love the basic structure and idea of the copper pipe stand we showed you for displaying miniature planters earlier but you’re not so sure that the copper will fit your home’s aesthetic? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Shanty 2 Chic achieved a slightly more rustic aesthetic by building a simple stand from wooden boards instead.

9. Modern DIY concrete planter


We didn’t know until recently how surprisingly simple it is to make custom things from concrete, but we’re certainly glad we’re aware of that fact now! For spaces with more industrial themes where the chrome shine of piping won’t suit, here’s a funky, more minimalist design from Burkatron made from homemade concrete and a mould.

10. Candle and terracotta pot planter


Would you rather create more of a centrepiece than just a potted plant, but you still want to keep it simple and harness that weathered, garden effect that many plant pots have? Then check out how Magnolia made this lovely piece with a simple white candle nestled in the centre of some small, bunched succulents.

11. Vintage tea tin planters


Perhaps you were a huge fan of the way upcycled planters for succulents looked but you just haven’t seen an idea that quite appeals to you yet? Then maybe you should start saving the cute, colourful tins all your favourite teas come in! We love the way Sisoo planted one sizeable succulent per tin and created an eclectic collection.

12. Miniature birdcage planters


Would you prefer a project that’s much more old fashioned looking than some of the modern, funky things we’ve shown you so far? Then we’d certainly encourage you to take a look at the way Succulents and Sunshine gathered their succulents in the bottom of a vintage style birdcage, nestling them on a bed of moss.

13. Pop art inspired neon crocodile planter


Maybe your personal style and taste in decor pieces is a little more kitschy than a lot of what you’ve seen so far? In that case, we have a feeling this funny, monochrome neon alligator with a succulent garden planted in its back might be a little more up your alley! Get the full details for making one of your own on Desert Domicile.

14. Wood and paint can planters


Have you been hoping for more hanging planter ideas because they’re space efficient and your apartment is small but you’d also like something that uniquely blends modern finishes and rustic textures? Then we think you’ll enjoy the way Inhabitat made these planter boards from reclaimed wood, dock handles, and dipped paint cans!

15. Paint dipped wooden ring hanging planters


Just in case you’re still hoping to simply embellish and customize the pots that your plants already came in because you’d prefer not to report them and risk disturbing their roots, here’s an awesome idea from Ohhh Mhhh that blends all kinds of materials! They paint dripped wooden crafting sings, glued the dried rings together in a tower, strung them to hang simply, and popped their planters right in the top.