By now we all know our outdoor rooms count as much as our indoor ones. Especially during certain times of year! One of the best design elements you can bring to your outdoor rooms is the colors and textures of plants and flowers.

Let’s face it though, planters and pots from the nursery can add up fast. I seriously think it can be the most expensive part of outdoor living outside the hardscape! So we went out looking for some creative inexpensive outdoor planter ideas you can do this weekend.

That’s right, that bland patio could be alive with decor (the containers) and design (the plants) by this weekend! Come on, save the binge watching of Downton reruns (it hurts to say that!) ’till the nights are cold again!




DIY Planter Ideas

Inexpensive Large Planter Idea

Look at these $20 tall planters from ‘Bower Power‘. ! Lovin’ the blue wash on these DIY planter projects! These might be the perfect size for growing some veggies, too. Check out our post on Growing Tomatoes in Pots over at TGG!

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Modern DIY Planter

The modern look of these DIY cinder block planters from Ashley at ‘Little Miss Momma‘ are right up my alley. Cheap concrete blocks, a little paint, a little time = budget outdoor planter projects! BTW, if you love your plants (and you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t) check out 10 Must Have Plant Subscription Boxes over at TGG. Best gift to oneself, ever.

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Landscape Block Planter

This DIY planter from ‘Classy Clutter‘ with ‘Home Depot’ is not nearly as complicated as it might look. Good step by step tutorial for tackling this easy construction planter project. And look at the results!

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Large Wood DIY Outdoor Planter

This DIY project is from Jen at ‘House of Wood‘. Jen has some incredible DIY’s at her site, but these free plans for this tapered cedar planter are perfect for someone just beginning with woodworking. Simple, and I love the lines on this!

Budget Outdoor Planter Projects


Repurposed Inexpensive Planter Idea

Need a no construction, repurposing idea for your outdoor planter? ‘In My House‘ has the cutest little metal box planter idea. Don’t forget drainage, either holes in the bottom or a layer of gravel!

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DIY Cedar Flower Box

Build a $10 cedar tiered planter with these free plans and instructions from ‘Ana White‘. Great DIY container for cascading flowers or even succulents.

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DIY Cheap Large Outdoor Planter Ideas

Learn how to make a space saving wooden planter from ‘BBC Gardeners World‘. This is a clean look perfect for the patio in my new house. Ooooo ooo, we could make a larger, more complex version! With lots of sections, and higher tiers, and… Honey?

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Plant in a Filing Cabinet!

From ‘Hometalk‘, make this up-cycled filing cabinet planter. Ok, this is a creative budget outdoor planter!

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Mod Podge French Pots

One Good Thing by Jillee‘ has this tutorial for using Mod Podge to create these DIY French flower pots. Photo from ‘Heavens Walk’. These are gorgeous, and are just terra cotta pots, some Mod Podge and some free printables.

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Super Cheap Planter Boxes

These DIY pallet planter boxes from Kelly at ‘Live Laugh Rowe‘ are an easy project even I (Kathy!) could do! They look industrial, rustic, charming and vintage, all at once, and even a touch modern because of their boxy lines.

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Vintage Boxes

Vintage Flourish‘ has another idea that requires absolutely no construction whatsoever. These vintage crates are easy to plop a pot into, and change it on a whim. They also drain well, and if you find the inexpensive reproduction kind at Goodwill, you can get this look for next to nothing. Save more money by growing your plants from seed. Find the best free seed catalogs!


Wood Crate Inexpensive Planters

Another wooden crate planter idea from ‘Sanna and Sania‘. Did you know produce is still delivered in wooden crates? Ask at your local farmers market if they will save you a couple!

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Love these DIY inexpensive outdoor planter ideas! Yep, we do too! Go see DIY Stock Tank Pools and DIY Patio Decorating Ideas and really get your backyard ready! Check out our posts on our sister site

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  1. Joseph June 5, 2020 at 5:36 am

    This looks nice and beautiful. I like it.

  2. Farhan Ahsan December 21, 2022 at 9:48 am

    All of the above oudoor planters look so wornderful especially I love large wood diy outdoor planter made by Jen! Its has some unique design!!


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