Whether in the east or west, north or south, gardeners everywhere are laying down their roots with ease and a bit of a flourish, too, thanks to a variety of indoor gardening ideas. From glass jars and wooden spools, to rolling carts and macramé hangers, these clever makers are successfully bringing the outside in by thinking beyond the standard potted plant.
Concrete Geometric Planters
Fashion concrete into a beautiful container for natural plant life for a look that can only be described as a work of art. Make your own by pouring mixed concrete into cut and folded cardboard forms that are prefashioned with tabs to allow for drainage in the completed concrete pot. Allow the concrete to harden; remove the cardboard. Finish by painting the rim with gold paint and fill with soil and plants.
Gold Leaf Mason Jar Planters
Give traditional Mason jars an updated look by adding herbs to the interior and a layer of fine gold leafing to the exterior. Clean and dry a set of jars, then apply a specially formulated adhesive for gold leaf. Let it get sticky, then lay the gold leaf on top. Lightly peel away the backing paper and paint on a coat of clear Mod Podge to set it. Plant your herbs, and display the decorated jars on a shelf or tabletop within easy reach.
Thread Spool Planters
The types of threads housed in these repurposed spools are anything but synthetic! Follow this maker’s lead by slipping the roots of your favorite succulent variety — plus a bit of soil — down into the spool’s hole. Use a toothpick to help make room for the succulent’s stem if needed.
Indoor Woolly Pocket
Is your house roaming with kids and pets? Try attaching your indoor garden to the wall for your family’s safe and stylish viewing pleasure! First, hang a specially made wall pocket suitable for planting. Then consult your local nursery for a variety of easy-care plants to add texture and visual appeal.
Leather Plant Hanger
Leather is no longer just for your favorite armchair! When manipulated with a pair of scissors and strung with rope, leather scraps can easily turn into on-trend hanging planters. Just trim, add a pot, hang, and fill with your favorite variety of greenery for instant beauty.
Indoor Herb Garden
Make dishwashing a much more enjoyable activity by giving yourself something pretty to gaze at while you work. TheseDIY herb planters are easily re-created, first, by drilling pilot holes into plastic pots. Then, paint the pots your favorite color and hang them from the cabinet using 3M Command hooks.
Pop-Top Herb Garden
When it comes to this simple indoor planter trick, hardly any DIY or gardening skills are required! Just use a can opener to open a standard can, then remove the label and clean the outside and inside of the container. Finish by adding potting soil and seeds, and then wait to see those shoots of green appear in no time.