While it's fun to shop for planters on Etsy and West Elm (there are sooooo many good ones out there), those suckers can really add up, especially if you've got an entire jungle growing in your living room. Here's an idea: Supplement your pricier buys with cheaper items from dollar stores, which are chock full of items that can be transformed into nontraditional, but great-looking, homes for your plant friends.
Alli from Made With Happy channeled her inner child and made a series of planters out of different toys. Using a Dremel tool, she carved out a spot in a hollow elephant figurine to allow room for the plant, then spray painted it a different color to match her decor.
Are terrariums your thing? Buy some of these glass cylinder vases—they come in two sizes—and fill them with all the necessary plants, gravel, soil, and toy deer. Hi Sugarplum used one tall and one short rounded vase for her project.
Lindi painted some inexpensive terracotta pots black, then nested them in a couple cute house-shaped wall shelves. Voilà, a cheap vertical garden!
Here's an extremely easy project from The Organized Mama. Pick up a couple of wire baskets, remove the handles, and attach some twine for hanging.
Take your plants to a whole new level with this plant stand, fashioned from a candlestick and wood slab by Lily Ardor.