We love spending time outdoors in Colorado.  Having people over and entertaining in our back yard is one of our favorite past times when the weather warms up. I'm looking for fresh ideas to jazz up my yard, to make a statement, add some color and maybe even a conversation piece. Here are some creative ideas I've found in my online search. 

tire planters

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This is a great idea for a courtyard or a rooftop if you live in the city! What a great way to add some green to an urban landscape. I however live in the country so what better way to make use of an old roadside tire then make it into a tree swing/planter!

tire swing

Photo credit: http://diyshowoff.com/2013/07/02/diy-tire-planter-tutorial/

After my move, we defenately found we had more furniture than we had room for. One of my great-grandfathers chairs that has been passed down for 2 generations has landed in my care. However, the seat has become all but worn out completely and really the chair has lost it's ability to function as a safe place to rest your rear ;). I think this idea will be a great way to use the chair, without compromising the safety of the person sitting in it, and will make my mother happy I haven't just put it in a dark storage room or thrown it out. 



Photo credit: http://goingalittlecoastal.blogspot.com/2012/10/plant-chair-or-planter-chair-and.html


Speaking of using things you have laying around, here are some fun ideas to use what you aren't using for their intended purpose and finding a way to use them as a planter! 


Photo credit: shelterness



Photo Credit: http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/35910/tough-truck-gets-a-makeover

bird cage

Photo Credit: EMpressofdirt

If you know me, you know I LOVE black and white! I love the contrast and you can always throw in some solids with it to make the color's pop. I love mixing stripes, and geometric prints with florals just to add some interest. Taking a pot you already have and giving it a face lift is perfect! Don't forget to check out your local thrift stores or does your neighborhood have a public Facebook page that people list things for free? 


Photo Credit: Dimples and Tangles



And one more idea for all those old kitchen tins and containers that you might be storing in a hutch or cabinet that you honestly haven't used in 2 decades! Don't go out and buy a new planter when you know there's something lurking about in your basement or kitchen! 


Photo Credit: Architectureartdesigns

Do you have some other creative and fresh ideas to re-purpose or create a planter? Please send me some comments and post a picture! 


Happy Spring!

-Lucy R. Kellogg