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Thrifted Unique Containers For Flowers and Greenery Ideas

There are so many fun and unique containers you can use for flowers to make your arrangements stand out from the crowd. Today, I’m sharing a collection of flower container ideas you can find at thrift stores, flea markets, and even on the roadside. Add unique containers for flowers all around your home and fill them with greenery, faux, and real flowers.

What Unique Containers Can You Find At Thrift Stores?

One of my favorite things about shopping at thrift stores is finding unique containers for holding flowers and greenery. Containers missing a lid, damaged, or chipped will look expensive when filled with lovely flowers. Damaged items are always great finds because they are usually inexpensive.

Unique flower container, garden planter, flower vase.  Road side find, trash to treasure ice cream churn

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Thrifting with the Gals

It’s time for our Thrifting with the Gals monthly blog hop. The thrifting gals all live in different areas of the country, but we all share a love for vintage, repurposed, and thrifted decor.

We share our thrifting adventures on our Instagram stories, and once a month, we invite a guest thrifting friend to share tips, ideas, and more.

We are happy to have Jen from Midwest Life & Style joining us for June. Jen is a talented and creative decorator who loves using vintage in her home decor choices. I know you will love seeing all she is sharing with you today.

If you are joining me from Kristin at White Arrow Home, welcome. I know you loved her recent vintage thrifted find.  

Thrifted Containers For Flowers

This unique tureen is one of my favorites. It was missing a lid and, therefore, was only $2.00.

It’s a beautiful piece with gold leaf, making a perfect container for this purple violet. It works well with the updated thrifted lamp.

Soup Tureen with missing lid make a great flower container.  Unique flower container or unique planters.

Another fun flower container idea is this galvanized and green artillery shell that looks perfect filled with faux roses on the screened porch.

In addition, it looks great with greenery, especially at Christmas.

Another fun flower container ideas is this galvanized and green artillery shell for a vintage floral container

Even a roadside wooden ice cream churn looks expensive when filled with fresh-cut hydrangeas. You can see how I arrange and keep flowers looking fresh on How to Recycle Decor Using an Ice Cream Churn.

Roadside find - old ice cream bucket filled with fresh hydrangeas.  Trash to treasure road side find.

In addition, I shared this easy hydrangea arrangement on my Shades of Blue Summer Tour and this video tutorial.

Milk Glass for a unique flower container inside a European Vintage Wooden Bowl

Do you collect vintage picnic baskets? This thrift store find is perfectly aged, and although probably not sturdy enough for an actual picnic, it’s perfect as a unique container for flowers.

Unique Flower Container - Vintage Picnic Basket Holding White Flowers Thrift store find unique planter

Basket Container For Flowers

In addition to the picnic basket, use thrift store baskets to make lovely, unique flower containers.

The unique shape of this basket makes it perfect for a dried flower arrangement.

unique container for flowers is this woven basket filled with dried hydrangeas. Basket planter

This summer centerpiece combines real hydrangeas with a faux fern inside a handcrafted basket. You can easily add real flowers to a basket at Easy Hydrangea Basket Tutorial.

Handwoven basket container for flowers.  How to add fresh flowers to a basket. Basket Planters

Another fun basket idea is this woven market bag filled with faux peonies and hydrangeas. It hangs on the vintage door at the end of our hallway and is a unique container for flowers.

A Market Basket Tote is a great container for flowers.  Market basket filled with flowers

One of my favorite thrift stores finds this huge basket that I’ve filled with faux greenery. It gets moved all around the house and looks lovely, filled with all types of flowers and greenery.

For this welcoming Summer Porch Sitting idea, two thrifted baskets are filled with faux flowers.

two thrift store baskets are filled with faux flowers for an inviting summer porch.

How To Use Greenery In Unique Containers

I spotted this vintage rolling shopping cart for only $14.00 at a consignment shop, and home with me it came. I’ve been playing around with different ideas for displaying it but finally decided these wispy moss stems let the cart’s metal frame shine. It will also look great as a unique container for flowers.

Old vintage shopping cart filled with moss greenery. flower holder, greenery planter

The rusty paper roller has held everything from Easter eggs to Christmas ornaments. For summer, I added a few pieces of greenery and ceramic white birds.

A unique flower container idea is a vintage paper roller. Planter. Trash to treasure floral container.

Thrifted milk glass is another great thrifted container purchase. I have several pieces, from simple bud vases to larger flower containers.

Another excellent container idea is these repurposed sap buckets made into wall planters. The trio hangs on an old shutter, and their contents change seasonally. Boxwood is a great container filler and stays looking fresh for months. For additional tips, check out how to keep greenery fresh longer.

Vintage Sap buckets make unique container for flowers. Planters for greenery.

Please don’t throw away those tuna cans but paint them for a unique flower container idea. In the image below, I’ve just added some boxwood stems to a black tuna can for a simple vignette. If you enjoyed these ideas, see additional ways to decorate with free items on this post.

Painted Tuna Can is a unique container for flowers. Recycled tin cans project. greenery container

Vintage green bottles were found in a trash pile. Grouped together, they make stylish vases for dried flowers.

Vintage Green Bottles found in trash pile make great vases for dried flowers.

More Great Flower Container Ideas

I’ve gathered more great flower container ideas from some of my talented friends.

My friend Ann, who loves thrifting, came up with a great idea for an Alfresco Dinner Centerpiece. She filled a vintage bucket with greenery from her yard.

Old Bucket makes a perfect unique container for flowers.  Old bucket for centerpiece
Photo Credit: Dabbling & Decorating

My friend, Stacy at Bricks N Blooms, found this adorable baby stroller and used it as a unique container for flowers on her porch. What a clever idea.

Vintage baby stroller is a great container for flowers. Antique planter.
Photo Credit: Bricks N Blooms

In addition, look how great these geraniums look in an antique trophy from my friend Kristin at White Arrows Home.

Old trophy make a great unique flower container.  Floral centerpiece
Photo Credit: White Arrows Home

And finally, I couldn’t resist sharing the cute vintage mailbox filled with fresh herbs. What a unique container for flowers idea.

Unique Container for Flowers or herbs is a vintage mailbox.  Unique Herb Planter
Photo Credit: Pinterest


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More Thrifting Ideas

I hope you enjoy today’s thrifted flower container ideas, and up next is Jen from Midwest Life & Style with some great thrifted vintage-style vignettes.

Be sure to click the links below for more thrifting inspiration.

Jen at Midwest Life & Style / Ann at Dabbling & Decorating

Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest / Kristin at White Arrows Home

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!

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Unique Budget-Friendly Thrift Store Finds For Unique Plant and flower containers.
Unique Flower Containers from thrift store finds.


Sunday 6th of August 2023

Rachel you and your girlfriends are so creative. So many great ideas.


Sunday 6th of August 2023

Pat, I'm so glad you liked this post. Thanks for lifting me up today.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Rachel, I just love ALL your containers that you used for your flowers! Each arrangement is so pretty! Thanks for giving us so many great ideas! Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Mary-Ann, I appreciate this. I love unique decor and I'm glad you found this helpful.


Sunday 24th of July 2022

Rachel love all of these unique planter ideas!! I got some great inspo from it. Thanks for sharing my baby carriage planter!


Monday 25th of July 2022

Stacy, you are so welcome.

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Thursday 21st of July 2022

I love using vintage containers this way too Rachel and love all the ways you have done so! So beautiful. The mailbox is so fun and that little violet stole my heart!


Thursday 21st of July 2022

Kristin, thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday 21st of July 2022

I love all of your ideas, Rachel. So many beautiful ideas for using unique finds. I LOVE all of your baskets and tins, but I think my favorites are the ice cream bucket and that gorgeous dough bowl!😍 So happy to join you all this month on your thrifting adventures. Thank you for inviting me.


Thursday 21st of July 2022

Jen, thank you and I’m excited to have you join us!