Gardening & Outdoors
Ten Ingenious Ways To Have A Garden That Doesn’t Take Up Space
Not only are these ideas useful, so many of them add a chic décor too.
Jenà Lowe
12.02.21

Just because you don’t have an outdoor garden, doesn’t mean you can’t garden indoors. These 10 simple and really cool gardening hacks are sure to bring some life to your home.

Indoor Garden Seed Starter

We could all use a little help sometimes, and this easy project will help give your favorite seeds a place to sprout. You’ll need some basic items like empty jars, chalk paint, masking tape, rocks, potting soil, and of course, seeds!

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First, you’re going to clean the labels off of your jars. After that, you’ll paint a chalk label so you can remember exactly what plant you’re growing (masking tape helps ensure it comes out straight). Finally, you’ll layer the rocks, seeds, and soil to create an adorable countertop garden.

The video below will show you step by step how to make your own. They even have a brilliant trick for removing labels!

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Wine Cork Mini Planters

You can bring some greenery to your refrigerator door with these fun little planters. All you have to do is drill a hole in your leftover wine corks, then glue a small magnet on the side of each one. Add soil, a teeny succulent plant, and voila! Stick these guys all-around your kitchen for a creative indoor display.

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Self-Watering Seed Starter

Not all of us were born with green thumbs, but fortunately, this clever DIY will do the “watering” for you. The project calls for empty plastic bottles (such as soda or 1/2 gallon milk jugs), thick yarn, starter soil, and seeds. For a visual demonstration of the steps, press play on the video below!

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Chandelier Herb Garden

If you’re both crafty AND love being thrifty, this gardening idea is for you. First, find an old chandelier (like at a second-hand store), then spray paint it a bright new color. Next, remove the electrical components and instead add some potted herb plants.

Display your repurposed chandelier on the patio as a useful new garden.

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Hanging Coffee Can Herb Garden

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to freshen up your place with greenery. In fact, you can create your own beautiful planters using everyday items like coffee cans, wire hangers, and coffee filters. You’ll also need your favorite plants, along with decorative items like rope and gemstones.

BuzzFeed Nifty has a full demonstration in their video at the end of the article!

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Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters

Stop tossing your old toilet paper rolls and start giving them a whole new purpose! Simply cut four tiny slits on one end, then fold it up like a cardboard box. Now, fill the roll with soil and seeds – water, and wait.

Once your plants have begun to grow, you can easily transfer them into bigger pots by burying the tubes (with the plants peeking out of the surface). What’s great is that the tubes are biodegradable!

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Tin Can Planters

If you have some old tin cans in your kitchen, this idea will help you transform them into stunning new planters. All you have to do is poke some drainage holes and freshen them up with paint. Then, add your favorite flowers. Who knew making a creative indoor garden could be so easy?

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Soda Can Planters

There are a lot of pretty neat cans out there, and now you can display them with these festive cacti planters! Cut the tops off the aluminum cans, create drainage holes on their bottoms, and carefully plant a cactus (or another desired plant) in each one. Now that’s what I call conversation pieces.

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Plastic Bottle Planters

This project is a fantastic way to make two separate planters, all with one 2-liter soda bottle. First, cut the bottle horizontally in two. With some yellow paint, a sharpie, rocks, and a green plant – you can transform the lower half into a pineapple pot! Isn’t he cute?

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For the upper half of the bottle, punch several holes along the cut edge. Next, tie strings in each hole to create a DIY hanger. Add a plant to the bottle and that’s it! Now you just have to find a neat place to hang it up.

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Newspaper Seed Starters

Remember the days when you used to fold newspaper hats? This gardening trick is a lot like that – only this time, you create genius seed starters instead of hats or boats. They too are biodegradable!

Discover how to fold them correctly below.

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These 10 gardening hacks can help brighten up your home by bringing the outdoors in. Press play on the video for all the details!

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By Jenà Lowe
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Jenà Lowe is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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