Repurposed Farmhouse Planter DIY

This step-by-step tutorial is perfect for an easy indoor or outdoor container with rustic appeal.

If you have been part of the Carmen Johnston family for even a short time, you know I adore what I like to call “personality driven containers”. These are garden containers that embody parts of your personality, whether it’s your taste in design, something special to your family, or an incredible find at your favorite antique place! I got to visit with Noell and Daniel Jett and family of Jett Set Farm House! @jettsetfarmhouse

Noell and her husband built their dream home and have shared their DIY’s along the way. She has such an eye for interior design, and it was such a great experience to spend time with her and her family!  I just adored her children!

While at her home in St. Augustine Florida, Noell shared with one of her own personality driven planters. “Two years ago, I was home in Missouri visiting my grandfather and he said, ‘Do you want to come pick my barn with me?’ And I said ‘Absolutely!’ So, we went outside, and he told me stories about everything in the barn and then just let me take whatever I wanted with me! So I overloaded my car and had stuff strapped to the top and drove it back to Florida with me and my four kids!” One of the things Noell brought home with her was an antique wooden tool box that we got to turn into a planter for Noell’s outdoor dining room table!

You can make this planter along with us with any type of container- just make sure to find the one that fits you and your home! All of the ingredients below can be easily/quickly purchase on my Amazon store here (yes, plants and rustic container included!) Here is what you’ll need:


  • Personality driven container
  • Large black trash bag
  • Orchids
  • 4” and 2” tropicals
    • Ferns
    • Fittonia
    • Pink Allison Arrowhead
    • Palms
    • Ivy
    • Rubber plant
    • Moss
  1. One of the first things I always do when putting together a container garden is to line it with a thick, heavy-duty trash bag. It helps to protect your container so you can use it again and again!
  2. You can use so many types of plants for a container garden but for this project I used orchids and various tropicals. When selecting your plants for a planter to stuff and shove, go with smaller potted plants. They are in 4-inch and 2-inch containers. I always select plants in all shades of green to give great variety!
  3. Before you start, give your plants a drink by submerging the root ball completely under water. You will know it’s good to go when the air bubbles stop rising to the surface. Unless the soil is already damp to the touch, give it a good dunk!
  4. Of course, we always start with our tall plants to stick to the three T’s- tall, thick, and trailing! Here, our orchids are going to be our tall.
  5. For this project, I didn’t remove the plant’s pots! This makes your job so much easier and when it’s time to move to another container, they will be ready to go! If you want to add soil you absolutely can but I’m often in such a hurry that it just is easier to put together.

6. The first orchid will go dead center in the planter followed two more orchids next to it. I like to keep everything tall in the center and then work my way down.

7. Time to stuff and shove! Add some ferns next to each side of the orchids. Continue to add tropicals to both sides.

8. It is easy to stress about putting your plants in the right spot but there really is no right or wrong way to stuff and shove!

9. If your container garden is pretty deep, you can remove the plant from its pot, turn the pot upside down, and set the plant on top to give it some elevation!

10. To finish, tuck your trash bag back into the container to get it out of the way. Then, tuck moss in around all the plants as our finishing touch!

11. To take care of your planter, mist it about once every other day and make sure it gets about 4 hours of indirect sunlight each day!

Happy Gardening!

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