Creative Ideas for Planting In Vintage Containers

Happy August! Today I am joining some friends for a Summer Celebration blog hop hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home. This summer I have been crushing on creative ideas for planting in vintage containers and trying to think outside of the box when it comes to plants and vintage items. You can see what my blogging friends have been crushing on at the end of my post. If you are coming from Crissy over at First Day of Home, welcome! I just loved her mimosa bar ideas!Mug rack, vintage chair, vintage sifter...yes please!

Creative Ideas For Planting In Vintage Containers

If I had my way there would be at least one vintage item in every room of every home. I love the instant character and story a vintage piece offers whether it be furniture or even a small bowl or dish. One creative way that I have been trying my hand at lately involves mixing plants and vintage containers. Below I will show you how I have been doing this in our home as well as some of my friends homes!Creative ideas for vintage contaiers inside and outside your home.

 Planting In Vintage Containers Outside

I am constantly finding myself drawn to vintage containers! Even better if thye can serve a dual purpose and I can use them to plant things in. I love doing this on our porch and in our yard. It started on my porch this summer with my lavender topiary from Costco. I stuck it in an old galvanized bucket and instantly fell in love.Summer Porch ideas that anyone can do!

Also on my porch I placed a fern in this vintage tree crate! It enhanced the texture of the fern and added some uniqueness to our porch! You may remember that I used this crate to hold my Christmas tree one year as well!

Easy summer porch ideas that anyone can do!

Sometimes I even stick a faux plant or faux flowers in a an old vintage item just like this old green plant container. It seems to add a bit more interest and fun to whatever area you are decorating!

This vintage metal ucket is actually an old plant container.

My friend Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home planted this incredible DIY tipped wheelbarrow planting that I have crushed on all summer! Such a creative way to use a vintage container in your yard! Don’t you think so?

DIY Wheelbarrow planter, backyard ideas
Photo by The Honeycomb Home

Shop the Post

Creative Vintage Planters Inside

This summer while shopping at a local store, Magpies, I came across this darling vintage tin pitcher and thought it would look gorgeous with some flowers planted in it! So I planted some hydrangeas in it that I had bought at the grocery store. The bottom leaks just a bit so it drains perfectly! Creative or crazy? I don’t care because it turned out just beautiful!Green hydrangeas planted in an old pitcher.A vintage pitcher is a creative container to plant flowers in.

Last week I had a fun little coffee date with my friend Bernadette and she brought me the sweetest and most creative gift! This succulent planted in an old sifter. Don’t you just love it?! Bernadette is the creative mind behind Old House Vintage Market and the blog In The Making. I adore her and her love for all things vintage.this sifter is the perfect place to plant this trailing succulent.

Vintage sifter with succulent.

Our Fiddle Leaf Fig loved living in several different vintage containers. Sadly I had a hard time keeping her alive. She loved this bucket shown below as well as my vintage olive bucket.Fiddle Fig surrounded by vintage items.

My friend Amanda from the blog Mid County Journal has planted some ivy in her crush worthy vintage crocks. Amanda and her husband just bought a 100 year old farmhouse and I am SO excited to follow along on their renovation! She is one to follow and always coming up with creative ideas involving all things vintage!

Ivy planted in vintage crocks.
Photo by Mid County Journal

Vintage Containers for the Win

Hopefully I have inspired you with a few out of the box and creative ideas for planting in vintage containers. What is the craziest thing you have ever planted something in? I am constantly inspired over on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and would love for you to join me over there as well! Thanks for stopping by today and if you liked this post and want to have my blog posts and free printables emailed to you, you can SUBSCRIBE HERE!

Next up on the blog hop is Michelle from Thistle Key Lane who always shares wonderful vintage goodness and today is sharing how to decorate with plants! You can find everyone else in the Summer Celebration blog hop below.Summer Celebration Blog Hop with over 20 inspiring bloggers sharing summer decor and inspiration.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter



Similar Posts


  1. Kelly, we are kindred spirits–we enjoy so many similar things! I also love using vintage containers, and yours are wonderful! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. These are all such creative ideas, Kelly! I love how each container makes the plants and flowers look really unique. They’re really pretty mixed in with the rest of your vintage finds. Love your style lady! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo you are always so kind! They sure do compliment each other and add some fun interest. I love your style so your kind words mean a lot! Have a wonderful day!

  3. So many fun and creative ideas for planters. That wheelbarrow is totally my favorite, what a genius idea. Love them all.

  4. I am not nearly as talented as you are at adding vintage items to my home decor. These are all great ideas for adding unique style to your home. I especially love that tree crate! What a treasure that is!

  5. Hi Kelly, I totally agree, there should be vintage items in each room. So many fun ideas for planting in vintage containers. And I have to say that little blue child’s chair is amazing!

  6. I have always been crazy for flowers and plants in vintage containers, especially herbs and succulents! I have an old rusty radio flyer wheelbarrow filled with mint and a couple of large galvanized buckets full of herbs. Yesterday I planted succulents in a vintage tea cup. It’s so fun to combine the things I love most, gardening and vintage!

    You have shared so many adorable ideas! I just love that large crate with the ferns! I also will check out some of the blogs you shared.

    Thank you so much for celebrating summer with us!

  7. Kelly you have such a fun gardening ideas. I love every planter and the way you have them styled. I love the wheel barrel.

  8. I’m trying to decide if Steve would mind if I turned his wheelbarrow on its side in the garden. Actually, as I looked again at the wheelbarrow, I realize I can do that with the old rusty wheelbarrow in the garden.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Kelly, you have made me look at my pots in a whole new light now! I love all the different possibilities you highlighted, especially that vintage tree crate! I’m really crushing on that one. I had to look up where you were from because I have a store called Magpies where I live, and it’s one of my absolute favorites. I never thought it was a chain, but maybe it is? Happy to be hopping with you!

    1. Oh that is so good to hear! That tree crate is such a fun one for sure:) Wouldn’t that be funny if we lived close? I don’t think my Magpies is a chain but you never know! SO happy to be hopping with you too!

  10. My vintage loving heart loves your ideas! I can’t wait to show your post to my mom so that she can copy your sifter using her 1968 wedding shower sifter with apples on it. Mama has a three covered porches on her 1913 home and this idea will look great on one of her tables. The pitcher that you used for your Hydrangea reminds me of the pitcher that my Granny used to serve the grandkids Kool-aid. It looks great used as a planter. This was a fun post!

  11. You have so many pretty vintage items and so many great ideas for planting! You are so creative! It has been so much fun being on this blog hop with you. Enjoy these last weeks of summer!!!

  12. Hi Kelly! I love all your ideas for planting in vintage containers! I have one version or another of all the containers you shared and had no idea what to do with them – now I do! 🙂 So happy to be hopping with you!

  13. Kelly, I’m right there with you on the vintage containers. We also have 3 old galvanized pails with lavender. I especially love the idea of the vintage sifter as a container. That is a new idea and now I’ll look for one. Thanks for the ideas and the suggestions. Your plants look wonderful.

Comments are closed.