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11 Favorite Vintage Container Ideas to Display Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Are you looking for some fun and creative ways to show off those seasonal blooms? Here are 11 of my favorite vintage container ideas to display your fabulous flowers and plants.

vintage galvanized bucket with lilacs

I don’t know about you but I love showing off my seasonal flowers and plants in vintage containers.

I will let you in on a little secret. I’m a vintage hoarder. There…I said it.

I just love the way my thrifted finds add an extra level of interest to my decor. And when you have a 102-year-old cottage, they’re just meant to be.

Norfolk pine tree in vintage container

The best part about a vintage thrifted container for flowers and plants is that they usually are inexpensive and easy to find.

Where You Can Find Thrifted Vintage Finds

  • Antique malls
  • Flea markets
  • Garage sales
  • Online
  • Thrift stores

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daisies in vintage galvanized bucket

Vintage Containers for Your Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Whether it’s a galvanized or chippy metal bucket, chicken feeder, or wooden crate, flowers always look better when they’re displayed in something vintage.

Vintage Galvanized Buckets

These are so easy to find! And there are so many different kinds of galvanized buckets and pails to choose from.

roses in galvanized bucket

I use galvanized buckets all the time for my faux flowers and plants but it really is easy to display fresh flowers in them as well.

Christmas florals in galvanized bucket

All you have to do is add glass jars filled with water to the bucket so the flowers will stay hydrated. There are 3 water-filled mason jars inside this bucket.


tulips in vintage enamel container

Vintage Enamelware Stock Pots

Enamelware pots are a perfect choice for flowers. For this arrangement of tulips, I used the jars of water inside so they would stay hydrated.


vintage crock po with cotton stems

Vintage Crocks

My vintage crocks are used a lot during the fall and winter seasons. I fill them with cotton stems, evergreen branches, dried hydrangeas, and even Christmas trees.


vintage copper bucket with dried hydrangeas

Vintage Copper Containers

You can use copper all year but I tend to display my collection more in the autumn and winter months. It adds so much warmth to any room.


vintage chicken feeder with fall florals

Vintage Chicken Feeders

Chicken feeders tend to be on the shallow side, but can still be used for succulents, flower heads, and glass jars filled with flowers.


vintage silver cup with African violet

Silver Cups and Urns

African violets and other plants make an amazing statement inside a silver cup. You can even use silver urns for larger plants and flower arrangements.


vintage silver pitcher with forsythia

Vintage Pitchers

I probably own one of every kind of vintage pitcher out there. They really show off my beautiful blooms in style. Here are some of the types of vintage pitchers you should start looking for.

  • Ironstone
  • Silver
  • Pewter
  • Milk glass
  • Transferware
  • Enamel
  • Hammered aluminum
  • Copper
  • Bronze
vintage pitcher with dried hydrangeas


vintage coca cola crate with geraniums and patriotic decor

Vintage Wooden Crates

Wooden crates work great for summer flowering plants such as geraniums. I fill in the gaps with moss or some type of fabric.


glass bottles and dahlias

Vintage Glass Bottles and Jars

Whether it’s a milk bottle, mason jar, or medicine bottle, glass jars and bottles in a grouping make such a lovely statement. You can even go one step further by going with green, blue, or amber bottles to make more of a statement.

vintage milk bottles and wire crate with lilacs


yellow vintage toolbox with succulents

Vintage Metal and Wooden Toolboxes

Toolboxes are such a fun way to show off your flowers and plants. This rusty yellow toolbox is filled with faux succulents but you can also fill it with dirt and your favorite live plants.

vintage yellow metal toolbox with daffoldils


roses in green vintage container

Vintage Hand Pump Fire Extinguisher

This is probably one of my favorite vintage pieces I use for a faux flower container. It’s a patina vintage hand pump fire extinguisher we found at an Antique Mall in Olympia, Wa.

sunflowers in patina vintage fire phlare

My husband cut off the entire top so we could use it as a container. I fell in love with this color which it seems is really hard to come by.


ironstone pot with ivy plant

I hope you’ve gotten an idea or two after seeing my vintage favorites to use for flower and plant containers. I’d love to hear which vintage container you liked best. Just leave me a comment below.

More Thrifted Vintage Inspiration

I have a couple of friends that love vintage as much as I do. Make sure you check out their blog posts below for more vintage and thrifting inspiration.

Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms | 9 Garden Treasures You Should Buy at the Thrift Store

Jennifer of Cottage on Bunker Hill | Decorating With Thrift Store Finds In The Kitchen

Until next time,

Happy Thrifting!


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  1. Oh my goodness, Kim, you have so many beautiful vintage containers! I love them all of course but I particularly love all things galvanised. This post has inspired me so much, now I want to go out thrifting!

  2. Omgosh I love all of it. I use many of the same containers you do but your collection is way more extensive than mine, but then again your garden produces amazing flowers for all of it. Thank you for sharing all this beautiful eye candy. Pinning! XO- MaryJo

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