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Give Your Plant Pots Some Personality with These Creative DIY Projects

Houseplants can change the feel of an entire room. Not only do they create a natural focal pointbut they also help improve the air quality and bring a little bit of nature into your home.  

Plus, a variety of plants are available — some that are low maintenance and others that require more experience — but all of which are beneficial and nourishing presences for your home. And, with the rise of Pinterest- and Instagram-ready setups, many people use houseplants and pots to express themselves and add an extra element to the aesthetic of a room.  

Although there are many gorgeous plant pots on the market, some can get a bit pricey. Fortunately, you always have the option to upcycle, recycle, and create your own lovely and creative plant containers for your home.  

To help you find some inspiration, we took a trip down Instagram lane and listed some of the most creative DIYs for your plants below. If you do decide to jump aboard this DIproject, be sure to always allow for proper drainage in all of your pots. Additionallydon’t use toxic paint or anything else that might leech into the soil and damage your plant. 

The Just-Paint-Em


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If you’re not feeling up to the task of making a pot from scratch, consider recycling old pots by giving them a new design. Simply select a color scheme you like and get creative with fun drawings, clear-cut designs or funny texts. It’s an easy way to bring new life and lend your personality to your plant pots.

The Yarn Design


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This rather simple approach style requires just an old container  whether that be an old pot, plastic can or box  and some yarn and glue. Start at the bottom of the container and glue the end of a yarn string. Then, circle it around the container to the top, where you’ll glue it again to secure the string. Don’t forget to drill holes at the bottommost point of the container to ensure good drainage. 

The Cement Chic


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Cement is a versatile material, and its look and rough feel is in style now more than ever. And, with the rise of industrial design — as well as a predilection for natural imperfections — cement is easy to implement and can be a fun addition to any room.  

To try this option, first find a mold that you can use to create the pot and make a hole at the bottom of the future pot. Next, after placing the cement carefully, let it dry completely. Once it’s set, take it out and either leave it as is or decorate it with pastel colors. Or, for an edgier lookuse tape to create clear-cut lines and paint with metallic gold and black paint for complementary contrasts.  

The Ex-TinCan 


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If you’ve got tin cans lying around, peel off the stickers and clean them thoroughly to turn them into gorgeous pots. All you have to do is drill holes at the bottom. Then, you can either use them as they are for a rough feel, or add a touch of sophistication with a little matte or even metallic paint. The possibilities are endless, so embrace your creativity and get painting. 

The Marble Wonder


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Tcreate faux marble design on your old pots, try marble painting. First, get a container large enough to submerge your pots under water. Then, on the surface of the water, use either acrylic paint or nail polish to create colorful designs. These will latch onto your pots and turn them into gorgeous, marble-like homes for your plants. Color combinations that work well together are black, white, gray, gold, rose or pink, purple, and green. 

The Rustic Milkman


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One of the simplest designs to DIY is also a responsible recycling practice — turn your old glass jars or bottles into pots and vases, which is especially useful for propagating your plants. To give them a rustic feel, add some jute or a square of hessian. Then, tie it with a piece of yarn or string to complete the look.  

What’s more, these pots are easy to integrate in any spot in the house. They also work well with plants that can survive in water without soil because you can see the root system form and know when the plants are ready to repot. 

The 4-Legged Plant Friend


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For a cute DIY project, cut off the bottom portion of large plastic bottle (make sure to create these tiny kitty ears) and drill holes at the bottommost partNext, gently sand the part you cut off to make sure there aren’t any rough edges that you could cut yourself on, and cover the entire shape with paint until it’s opaque. Then, pick up some colors and create the eyes, nose, whiskers and mouth for an adorable pot that works great with smaller hanging plants. 

Plants by themselves add a lot of life to your home, but the pots can add a great aesthetic element to complete a room. So, which fun project are you ready to begin? Tag us when you share your DIYs to make sure we see them! 

Mihaela Buzec
Mihaela Buzec is a writer and online content developer for RentCafe. She covers topics about everything related to the renting lifestyle, from decorating and interior design to finding the right apartment, frugal living, money saving advice, and more. She dives deep into topics of interest, writing well-researched comprehensive guides on subjects such as renting with pets, saving on utilities, or avoiding rental scams to help renters stay informed and live smart. Mihaela is a versatile writer whose work was also published on many blogs and websites in a variety of industries: real estate, design, lifestyle, college life, and personal finance. Mihaela holds a BA in English and German Language and Literature, an MA in Current Linguistics, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in neurolinguistics. With a background in academic writing, she is a passionate reader, writer, and researcher, looking to always expand her knowledge. You can get in touch with Mihaela at

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