5 planters you can make from unwanted household items

5 planters you can make from unwanted household items

When I started growing veg, I quickly ran out of space in the garden. Planters can be expensive, especially the larger ones. I came up with some inventive ways to grow in things that were otherwise redundant around the house.

5 Planters for growing veg you can make from household items

Ikea bags

Yet another use of Bags for Life

What does one do with an Ikea bag once it’s brought home the frames and chopping boards? Ours was sat in the under stairs cupboard. They’re rather an odd shape for daily use. I put a few holes in the bottom using a fork to create drainage and planted my beetroot on from it’s seed tray in here. So far they are doing remarkably well. The great thing is that these bags are made to last. Why stop there? Supermarket bags for life are also a great depth for growing carrots and other veg, bear in mind that they will need support on either side to keep their shape.

Biscuit tins

A rose grows in my old biscuit tin.

Now I love a biscuit, I really do. By default that means I love a good biscuit tin. A good friend of mine bought me a beautiful Emma Bridgewater one when I got my first flat, about 10 years ago. Needless to say it’s seen better days, it was damaged given the number of times I’ve moved over the years. The lid was misshapen after a certain small got hold of it and thought it made an excellent basher (y’know, the stuff they bash other bashable things with). Given it’s sentimental value I decided to give my much loved tin a new destiny in life, it now houses a beautiful rose. I did have to stick a few hole in the bottom again, for drainage.

Rabbit Cage


Our lovely bunny Florence lived inside while she was with us after coming from the RSPCA. After she went to rabbit heaven last year we have had the indoor cage in the shed. I seems wrong to sell it on or to put our other bunny in there so I have made use of it in the garden. I’ve not used it strictly a planter itself due to the depth it would be fine for some growing. Instead I’ve taken advantage of the fact that the cage is designed not only to keep animals in, but to keep them out as well. The bars of the cage act as marvellous protection from birds that want to peck out my seeds. The rain and sun can still get through. I can also stack other planters on top and there is a ready made door for easy access.


I got a huge blue glass vase when we got engaged with a voucher. It’s actually far too big for a regular sized bunch of flowers (it needs you’re M&S £50+ style bouquet or they just look shit). Although it has no drainage holes, I popped a little gravel in the bottom before planting some basil. The great thing about growing fresh herbs is that they are on hand when you need them. I find that unlike hardier herbs like thyme and rosemary or mint, basil does not thrive in my garden. It does however, thrive on my window sill in an oversized vase!

Rubble sacks and carrier bags

Allow for drainage in rubble sack planters.

I love rubble sacks. They have so many uses in the garden. I think the best one by far is that they can be used as a planter. In the same way that we might plant potatoes in a grow bag. There’s really not much difference between grow bags and rubble sacks apart from the lack of compost that comes with. Again I stuck some holes in the bottom with a fork and in went the seeds, I’ve got about 4 rubble sacks on the go inside the rabbit cage at the moment with salads and carrot inside. I also saw this wonderful article showing how carrier bags can be used as planters, as soon as the greenhouse is ready on the allotment I’ll be putting this to the test too.


Want to grow your own veg without the hassle? Check out Hugo’s Garden Shop for some great Grow Your Own Kits.

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