Are you wondering what you can do with that stack of extra flower pots in your shed? If you garden or enjoy houseplants, you probably have a stash of empty pots of all sizes lurking in the garage. Whether they are ceramic, terracotta, plastic or metal, you can get crafty and turn them into fun and useful containers around the home or to give as gifts.
All will you need is:
Paint (spray paint works best. You can get special paint for plastic too.) Pots (clean the flower pots well and allow to dry before painting) Spray clearcoat (to protect paint after it is done) Once pots are painted and clearcoated, you can add a variety of decorative touches. What you choose to add depends on the intended function of your new container. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Everyone needs more storage in the kitchen. Terracotta or ceramic pots can be both decorative and functional storage solutions for your counter. Paint pots to complement your kitchen theme. Use same-size pots, or pots that will nest inside of each other.
Once they are painted and sealed, pots can be used to store:
- Rolled up towels
- Sponges and scrubbing pads
- Odds and ends
Plastic flower pots are wonderful solutions for capturing small toys, crayons, and puzzle pieces. Paint to match nurseries and bedrooms. For puzzle storage, clip a photo from the puzzle box and glue to each flower pot as a visual reference.
Painted flower pots of different sizes in the baby’s nursery can also become cute bins for storing supplies such as cotton swabs, bath items, and baby socks.
Decorate flower pots to match your home decor and place on side tables to hold wrapped candy. Pots with glazed, clean interiors can also make unique snack containers for parties.
Very petite flower pots with candy and a gift can be used as party favors. Draw on each guests name so that they double as place markers too!
Any sized flower pot can be turned into a customized gift basket for any occasion. As a gift for someone who also enjoys gardening, a painted pot filled with seeds, gloves, and small hand tools is perfect. But gardening doesn’t have to be the only theme:
- Christmas–candy, coffee samples, tea, gifts, ornament sets, spices, kitchen supplies, candles, etc,
- Easter–Easter grass, candy, eggs, small gifts, seeds, silk flowers, candle, plush animal
- Birthday–gift cards, novelty items, books, movies, rolled up clothing, jewelry
- Baby Shower--bottles, pacifiers, grooming supplies, clothes, toys, bathing supplies, bibs, spoons
- Halloween–candy, novelty toys, puzzles, snacks, scary movie, face paint
- Housewarming–potholders, kitchen towels, utensils, salt and pepper shakers, bag clips, magnets, etc.
- Spa Set–lotions, buffers, clippers, bath sponge, nail polish, body scrubs, scented bath oil
What makes flower pots more helpful than gift bags or flimsy baskets is that they can be used afterwards for storage or decoration. And of course, they can even be used to house a plant!
Miscellaneous Ways to Reuse Flower Pots
Still need inspiration? Here are a few more ways you can use decorated flower pots both inside and out:
- Turned upside down, clay flower pots become plant stands on your deck.
- Colorful pots can be receptacles for outdoor bean-bag toss games
- Use color-coded pots in your office to organize small office supplies
- Used colorful pots with silk flowers to line your porch or driveway
- Use in the bathroom to organize small cosmetic supplies, washcloths, etc.
- Keep a pretty flower pot in the entry way to collect keys, wallets, etc.
- Use a flower pot as a change jar for saving loose money
It only takes a little paint, some spare time, a few pots and your imagination to turn clutter into useful decor. Save a few dollars by getting crafty with these ideas for re-purposing your extra flower pots!