Are you looking for fun yard art and creative outdoor container ideas for your beautiful blooms? I’ll share how to show off your flowers by using vintage thrift store finds as containers and fun props in the garden.
My very favorite vintage items to look for on any thrifting adventure are those that show off my flowers in the garden.
You’ll see how I use these vintage finds not only as creative container ideas for flowers but also as fun yard art and props throughout the garden.
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Whiskey and Wine Barrels
Beat-up whiskey and wine barrels are add a whole lot of character to your outdoor spaces.
To prevent the wood of the barrel from rotting, we built a stand inside with a round top, leaving about 12″ for dirt. Holes were drilled at the bottom of the barrel and the stand for drainage. An oil-based Varathane sealant was applied to the inside before adding dirt in order to protect the wood from rotting.
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Galvanized Buckets and Tubs
Old, rusty galvanized buckets, pails, and tubs make the best flower containers for the garden.
See how a Simple Vintage Galvanized Bucket Can Make the Perfect Flower Container both indoors and out here.
HOW DOES THE WATER DRAIN FROM A VINTAGE GALVANIZED CONTAINER?
It’s so easy to drill drainage holes into any galvanized piece.
Be sure to drill from the outside in, to prevent jagged metal on the exterior of the container.
I love mixing thrift store vintage galvanized buckets and tubs with newer ceramic planters when it comes to container gardening.
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The old planter box to the right was used to store milk at the doorstep to keep it cold after being delivered.
There she is! My favorite vintage tub in the garden. The size is perfect for an herb garden.
CLICK HERE for my post on a technique I use to fill deep containers with limited soil in a large container.
Vintage Enamel Hand Wash Set
This is such a great piece. After doing some research, I know I got a great deal on this vintage enamel hand wash set.
I can’t remember how much I paid for it, but I know I didn’t pay any more than $50. Etsy has just a couple listed for well over $100.
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Vintage Tool Boxes & Handled Tool Caddy Carriers
Here’s a vintage wooden tool carrier with handles and an iron holder that I found at a thrift store many years ago. I love the stand that holds the toolbox. Unfortunately, the box is in bad shape and will most likely need to be rebuilt next year.
You can also use any vintage metal toolbox for flowers as well. Most of mine are indoors with faux flowers in them.
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Vintage Wrought Iron Planters
Whether it’s a window box container holder, wall planter, or flower stand, vintage wrought iron pieces look amazing in any garden.
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Vintage Thrift Store Wheelbarrows for Garden Flowers
When I was a senior care placement advisor years ago, one of my clients gave me this vintage wheelbarrow as a gift.
She moved into an assisted living community and told me she wanted her vintage wheelbarrow to live in a garden where it would be enjoyed.
We drilled drainage holes in the bottom of the wheelbarrow.
Depending on the size of a wheelbarrow, they can be shallow. Be mindful of what flowers you plant inside them. Speaking of shallow, wagons are great for displaying flowers in the garden too.
Vintage Bird Baths
Bird baths are not only gorgeous in a garden but can make the perfect flower container.
I haven’t turned this one into a container but it still looks beautiful among the cottage garden flowers and herbs.
A vintage cast iron garden fountain is an excellent place to grow your flowers.
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Here’s my repurposed iron garden fountain featured in Country Home Magazine.
CLICK HERE to read more about my Better Homes and Gardens Cottage Style and Country Home Magazine features.
Vintage Bikes & Bike Baskets
Vintage bikes with flower baskets add so much character to a garden.
You can even use a tricycle if you have limited outdoor space.
I use coconut liners for my bike baskets to hold the dirt.
It’s hard to see in the picture above but I used moss to hold the dirt in this basket.
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I loved this vintage wicker basket but it wasn’t a practical option for water drainage and the amazing amount of rain we get. It fell apart within a year.
If you want to use a wicker basket, plant the flowers in another pot and take it out before watering. Only keep the basket out during the dry season.
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Vintage Chicken Feeders
Chicken feeders make the cutest flower or herb container for your garden.
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To get some added height in the garden, use a vintage chair to sit a potted plant or seasonal pumpkins on.
I have always had great luck with finding great deals on vintage thrift store chairs for my flower garden.
Online shopping will most likely be expensive but I have options to shop for so you can see the prices anyway.
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Iron Bed Frames and Gates
Vintage iron bed frames and gates are such a great feature for the garden.
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They can be used as a border, to support flowers, or to just look pretty among the beautiful blooms.
Bed frames also work great in raised beds.
Wrought Iron Garden Border Panels
Both vintage and vintage-inspired wrought iron border panels add so much whimsical interest to a cottage garden.
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I hope you’ve taken away an idea or two when it comes to using your vintage thrift store finds for flower containers and yard art throughout the garden.
I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.
Until next time,
Happy Vintage Thrifting for Your Garden!
More Vintage Inspiration and Thrifting Fun
My blogging buddies are so good at thrifting and are sharing more inspiration. Be sure to visit their blogs. Links are available below each photo.
Stacy does such a great job thrifting for her garden. Check out how she thrifts like a boss for the garden.
Jennifer is sharing her fabulous trip to Todd Farm Flea Market. You’re not going to believe all the incredible thrifting opportunities at this vintage venue.