If you have broken garden pots lying around, you don’t have to throw them in the trash. Instead, you can transform them into a beautiful indoor or outdoor mini-garden! If you’re into DIY crafts, you’ll love this fun gardening project. All you need to get started is a broken garden pot, some plants, and a little creativity.

You can use whatever types of plants you like. Just make sure they’re on the smaller side. You’ll be placing them all in one pot. So succulents or herbs will work best. Also, consider the location of your garden. For example, if it’s indoors, choose plants that don’t require a lot of sun. And, if gardening isn’t your thing, we’ll list some other uses for broken garden pots.

Here’s how to use a broken garden pot to make a mini-garden:

So what are you waiting for? Let’s make this!

What you’ll need:

  • Broken garden pot
  • Your favorite plants
  • A small spoon or gardening tool to pack in the dirt
  • Duck tape or masking tape


  1. Gather up all the pieces from the garden pot. Tape up the hole in the bottom so dirt can’t escape.
  2. Pour out all the dirt from your plants into the pot. Make sure to pile it up higher toward the back of the pot since you’re making a tiered garden.
  3. Next, place one of the broken pieces from the garden pot near the front. Press down on the dirt with your fingers to pack it in tightly.
  4. Then, place herbs such as lavender, thyme, or rosemary in the front. It’s okay if they hang over the pot. In fact, it adds to the aesthetic appeal.
  5. Place a little more dirt around the herbs. Next, pile more dirt from other plants toward the back. Of course, you want to have plenty of dirt to accommodate all the plants.
  6. Add a couple more broken pieces, spacing them out evenly to create tiers. Pour in more dirt if necessary, pressing down with your fingers.
  7. Place a plant or two at the top of the pot behind the third broken piece. Pack the dirt in with your hands or a small gardening tool.
  8. Work your way forward, placing plants on the second tier. Make sure to have a variety of plants on hand to create a vibrant, flourishing garden. As we said at the beginning, choose plants that won’t grow too large.
  9. Keep packing in the dirt and filling the pot with as many plants as possible. You can even place small pebbles on one of the tiers to create more variety. Other ideas include stones, crystals, and seashells.
  10. When you’re done stacking the plants and other items, you’ll have a beautiful homemade masterpiece. Place your mini-garden indoors in a well-lit area or outside with other plants. Do not forget to take pictures and share your beautiful creation!

Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw away that broken garden pot? Now, it’s home to a thriving mini-garden that will add some greenery to your home or outdoor space. We hope you had fun with this DIY project!

Other innovative ways to use a broken garden pot

You’d be surprised what you can do with a broken piece of pottery. The ideas are endless, but we’ll list a few to get you started. It’s amazing how a little ingenuity can give new life to a worn-out item.

  1. Use a broken garden pot to decorate your outdoor garden. You could place the pieces to look like stepping stones or put them near plants as an accent.
  2. Please place them in potted plants as decorative mulch. That’s because it will help trap moisture in the plant and keep unwanted animals or pests away.
  3. Use smaller broken pots to create DIY plant labels. Put them near herbs or plants so you can easily see what’s growing in your garden. You can use stick-on letters or paint to make the labels.
  4. Make unique garden art with your garden pot. One idea is a fairy garden, complete with gnomes, fairies, mushrooms, and other whimsical items. You could also add moss or paint the inside green to resemble grass. Additionally, you may choose bird statues, pebbles, rocks, or whatever items you’d like.
  5. Use the garden pots to create pathway edging. If you have a lot of broken pots, this is a great way to repurpose them. So place the pots in a garden lining your driveway or walkway for a nice landscaping accent.
  6. Let your kids or grandchildren experiment with making mini-gardens. Indeed, it’s a fun project to do together and encourages a healthy imagination.
  7. Give insects or small critters a safe home. If there’s a small crack in the pot, turn it upside down to create a doorway. Then, tiny creatures like frogs, lizards, or insects seeking shelter will have a place to rest.
  8. You can even use a broken garden pot for mosaic projects. In fact, you can build a whole new pot or unique pieces like a pumpkin, birdbath, or stepping stones.
  9. If you have a small broken pot, use it as a citronella candle holder to keep insects away. Please place it in a larger pot surrounded by plants to hide the broken parts.
  10. Create a “spill pot” with the broken pieces and your favorite plants. Add potting soil or compost to an area a little bit larger than the container. Bury the pot halfway in the soil to hide the broken area. Then, plant the flowers in the soil, adding a few to the pot to create a spilled effect.

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Final thoughts on finding new and creative ideas that will help you repurpose a broken garden pot

There are so many ways to give a broken garden pot a second chance. No need to throw them away when you can make mini-gardens, decorations, or lizard homes out of them! If you search online, you can find dozens of more ideas for reusing garden pots as well.

Not only do DIY projects encourage upcycling, but they also rejuvenate the soul and spark creativity. So if you need something to take your mind off things, give this broken garden pot project a try.