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12 Positively Crazy But Fun Ideas For Flower Planters

My flowers love their weird containers and they are blooming like crazy. I’m having a difficult time keeping them watered. We haven’t had much rain in Tennessee, and things are dry! I water the plants every other day, and the soil still gets dry, and the flowers wilt. I have photos of my flowers in unique containers to share with you.

1. Bird Bath Flower Display

bird bath flower planter

This is the bird bath I added artificial succulents to a few weeks ago. Once I went shopping for plants at the local flower stand, I pulled the succulents out and filled the bath with these pretty flowers.

2. Coal Scuttle Flower Container

coal scuttle used as a flower container

The old coal scuttle is a find from my favorite junk shop. I just set the plastic pot of flowers down into the scuttle. I  also added a small solar light to the pot of flowers. It looks great at night. This display is sitting beside the workshop door. 

3. Toy Truck Flower Hauler

old toy truck used as a flower pot

I enjoy incorporating fun items like toys into my decor, inside and out. The rusty blue-painted truck makes a fun “hauler” for the yellow pot of flowers. Sometimes I just add the potting soil and flowers to the bed of the truck. 

4. Rusty Wagon Planter

Rusty Wagon Flower Container

I’ve used the rusty wagon in all kinds of seasonal displays. Sometimes it sits on the front porch and holds poinsettias or maybe pumpkins. This season it is full of Geraniums, one of my favorite flowers. I paid $10 for the rusty wagon a few years ago.

5. Mop Bucket Flower Display

mop bucket flower display

I see a lot of these galvanized mop buckets on wheels for sale. They’re perfect for holding pots of Summer flowers and make great containers for small natural fir trees at Christmas time. I usually set the mop bucket on the porch beside my front door.

6. Large Vintage Metal Funeral Flower Basket 

unique upcycled Summer flowerr containers

I ran across several of old vintage metal funeral baskets for sale a few months ago, and I couldn’t pass them up. I love these baskets and remember them from when I was young. I’ve had a few shoppers in my booth inquire as to what they are. 

7. Small Funeral Basket Display

unique upcycled Summer flower containers

I added potting soil and beautiful red flowers to the large funeral basket and used the small metal funeral basket to hold a green ivy plant. 

8. Painted Wood Box

unique upcycled Summer flower containers (6)

A large wood crate painted red does double duty as garden hose storage and a flower planter. 

9. Bean Pot Flower Planter


rusty metal butterfly and flower pot (1)

The black iron pot was an online auction purchase. The colorful flowers are pretty against the rusty butterfly. My aunt in Arkansas gave me the butterfly. She has such a pretty lawn with all kinds of flowers and decorative items. I commented one day on the rusty butterfly, and she gave it to me on my next trip to Arkansas. How sweet. 

10. Rusty Iron Pot Flower Container

rusty iron pot flower container

Moss Rose and Lantana are two of my favorite Summer flowers. I couldn’t find any Lantana this year, but the yellow Moss Rose is perfect for the rusty pot.

11. Concrete Lawn Statue – Boy and Birl Swinging

Boy and Girl in swing concrete statue

The boy and girl swinging lawn ornament has been through some rough times. The statue was blown off the porch in the horrible windstorm we had back in March. I glued the broken pieces back together as best I could. 

12. Flowers

Summer Flowers
One last look at the flowers in the mop bucket and that’s it for me. Which container was your favorite?

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funky flower pots
funky flower pots

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Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love the wagon and the bird bath and I love the moss roses, everything looks beauiful!! I love summer!

  2. Kathy, I love the bird bath planter. Do you know what the flowers in it are? They are so pretty with the grey of the planter. I also really like that rusty butterfly! I would love to find one like that. And my favorite is the coal scuttle because I have one like it that I’ve planted for a couple of years now. This year I have a pot with a geranium and hot pink petunias in it. The great thing is that it’s so old and rusty the bottom has rusted out so you don’t have to worry about drainage! I’m also very fond of the little rusty wagon with the flowers and small statue in it. I have an old wooden wagon that was my mother’s which I hope to use as a planter holder one of these years. So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers in their “junkie” planters!

  3. They are all great! Love your girl and boy you had to glue back together,my mother gave me an angel and i have put her back together several time.My mother is no longer here and i will look at my angel and reminds me of my precious mom.The angel is 28 yrs. old now. MEMORIES!!