This tip was inspired by a friend of mine I visited a few days ago (which is also the reason for a few skipped posts!). This friend took an empty cat litter bin — you know, the really large square shaped cat litter buckets? — washed it, dried it, painted it a nice looking green color (using some leftover paint), drilled holes in the bottom for drainage, and used it to plant his crop of sweet potatoes. He had two of these “pots” sitting on his patio and I had no idea that they were anything but purchased flower pots. They blended in very nicely with the rest of his patio decor and other decorative pots. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a photo, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
This made me think about other things that could be used as flower pots. Laundry detergent bottles (comes with a nice handle!), painters’ buckets, an old light fixture, a tin or metal pot, old dishes… as long as you can create drainage, you can create a usable flower pot!