Upcycled Planters

Everything from old ceiling fixtures to colanders can be upcycled into planters, saving you lots of money and keeping untold amounts of random old items out of landfills.

With a recently completed renovation on one of the bathrooms at Better Farm, we found ourselves with an old toilet and sink that were just begging to be planted. For aeration and to cut down on the amount of necessary potting soil, we lined the bottom of the containers with stones, sticks, compost, and hay; then made a layer of rich topsoil. We planted our flowers directly into that mixture, and voila:

To fill the front space of the sink, we took the front of an old drawer and attached it to the other structure.

Another idea, though one requiring a little more space, is our piano tomato planter:

Got a great upcycling idea? Send it to us at info@betterfarm.org.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.