Container gardens are awesome because anyone can start one. Whether you live on a sprawling property in the countryside or a small apartment in the middle of the city, containers are as versatile as it gets to expressing your inner green thumb.


Best of all, you don’t have to splurge on expensive pots to make your container garden pleasing to behold. 


There are plenty of budget-friendly, DIY container tweaks to decorate containers and achieve the look you’re going for. We’ve got some great ideas right here in this post!

Fire Glass


Perhaps you’ve layered your fire pit with shimmery fire glass, but now you have a bag leftover. How can you use fire glass to decorate your garden? 


Those beautiful little jewels can also be layered over the soil in container plants for a unique, eye-popping effect. It can also be beneficial for enhanced water drainage.

River Pebbles


You’ve probably seen those round, smooth garden stones used in backyards to create pebble walkways or to cover up exposed tree roots, but you can also use them with container plants- just like Fire Glass. 


River pebbles come in a variety of colors and shapes, giving you a more earthy, natural look if you’re not into the sparkling vibrancy of Fire Glass.

If you have plain pottery, you can use pebbles and grout to turn the exterior of your pottery into mosaic pieces.


Who said baskets need to be brought out for holiday decor only? If your baskets are collecting cobwebs in your attic, break them out and turn them into planters! Rustic, minimal, and neutral, this simple decorative touch goes well with any interior or exterior design scheme.


Odds & ends


With a little bit of imagination, anything can turn into a funky plant container! From boots to toilets, there’s no end to what a plant can grow in. Here are some good ideas- I’m sure you’ve got one of these laying around!


  • Bicycle with basket
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Wood pallet
  • Tin cans
  • Mason jars
  • Old toys (like a car or red wagon)
  • Water bottles
  • Tires
  • Chairs
  • Doors
  • Dolls

DIY Macrame hangers


Hanging planters can add a lovely touch to any home or apartment. Macrame planters are also neutral and textured, to bring out that inner hippie! Get crafty on a rainy day and braid your own. You can learn how to do it here.