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Creative Container Gardening – DIY Talent The Pink Hammer Blog

Welcome back to another day of the DIY Talent Parade! Do you see that flurry of pink activity? You know what that means, it is none other than Kelly from The Pink Hammer Blog!

Kelly is the gal behind those rockin’ pink tools. With a drill in one hand and a hammer in the other, there isn’t anything she can’t do! Take this bathroom renovation for example:

She took it from dark and dingy to sea-inspired-licious! The transformation is impressive, don’t you think?!

Today Kelly is going to whip up some creative containers for planting. And, boy oh boy does she have some creative ideas!  Take it away Kelly!

“Everything has its own beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

I love a beautiful garden. I believe that landscaping the outside is what interior design is to the inside of your home. Your yard should be your place of serenity & relaxation and needs to receive just as much attention as the inside of your home.

With a little creativity and just under $50.00 you can create your own pops of color and character around your yard and garden, that will wow your guests and leave you (and your yard) happy.

Project: How to Create your own Primitive planters/Creative Container Gardens.
Project Level: Easy
Project Supplies: Flowers (as many as desired), primitive planters (as many as desired,be creative, almost anything can work), electric drill (if needed).
Project Time: Approx. 1 hour , depending on amount of flowers you are planting!

Project Instructions:

1.) Gather primitive pieces. Having an open & creative mind is a must for this step & entire project. Shop thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets & antique stores, or maybe even Grandpa’s barn. All of my primitive planters together were under $20.00. When I was shopping for primitive pieces, I was specifically looking for pieces that others would normally not plant flowers in, pieces that were full of history and character.

2.) Purchase flowers. For this particular project I purchased several annuals and a few perennials, all for around $30.00. I like to pick out flowers that will eventually grow larger, become full and drape over the edges of my planters. Before I set out to go flower shopping, I snapped photos of each primitive piece with my cell phone , to make picking out flowers easier & of course to remind myself what planters I had again, to assure I had the right flowers for each planter. Flowers I used were; Riveria sky blue (annual), Upright pansy (annual), Hurrah Rose petunia (annual), Shock Wave Purple petunia (annual), Yellow petunia (annual), Creeping phlox (perennial), & Tiger Eye violet (perennial).

3.) Gather all of your primitive pieces and flowers and line up which flowers will be going in what planters.

4.) Drill holes in planters. I used my Dewalt Electic Drill with a 17/64 inch High Speed Steel Twist Bit. Some pieces may already have holes in the bottom, like my flour sifter or antique strainer, or may just be rusty enough that the bottom is starting to fall apart-pieces like that are perfect for this project.

If any of your pieces do not have holes in the bottom, you will need to use an electric drill to place approximately 3-4 holes in the bottom of each planter, to allow for proper draining.

Don’t be afraid of using a drill, they are super easy to use and you will feel empowered after using one.
If you do not want to do this step yourself, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help!

5.) Place potting mix into bottom of planters. (I like to mix in a bit of dirt from my garden in all of my planters, and on the primitive pieces that had larger holes in the bottom, like the strainer & flower sifter, I lined the bottom with leaves &/or wood chips so the dirt/potting mix will not drain right out upon being watered.)

6.) Carefully place your flowers into each planter, if needed separate some of the roots in order to fit your flower into a specific planter.

7.) Display around your yard & enjoy looking back at the beautiful primitive planters you just created!

Primitive container gardens after;

Minnow Bucket.

Antique oil can.

Enamelware planter. For this particular planter, the entire bottom was rusted out, so I planted a perennial plant right into the ground, and placed the primitive planter around the plant.

Old Radio Flyer wagon.

Antique pitcher.

Antique tea kettle.

Antique flour sifter.

Antique Enamelware bowl. The bottom of this piece was also completely rusted out, so I simply placed it around a perennial flower that was already blooming in my garden.

Antique strainer.

Hope this post leaves you feeling empowered, inspired and ready to create your own primitive container gardens! Remember to keep an open mind when shopping for your primitive planters!


Thank you Kelly! Weren’t those some really creative container gardens?! I’m loving the minnow bucket and wagon idea!

Hop on over to Kelly’s blog The Pink Hammer for more creative inspiration.

Coming up tomorrow on the parade…the woman that makes everything beautiful with the touch of her wand: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.



9 replies
    • Kelly
      Kelly says:

      Hi Kaili, Thanks for reading. I think any of these pots would be great on/in a porch, except the wagon of course 😉 Maybe gather a couple of matching vintage metal pals and put different flowers in each pal. Or get smaller vintage pots, like the flour sifter and place them on the window ledge or window sill of your porch. A great place for flowers/containers are always on one side of the stairs leading to your porch as well. I recommend taking a photo of your space, and heading to an antique store or flea market with an open mind, and pick out items that speak to you! Good luck & have fun!


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