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31 Creative and Whimsical Bicycle Planters for your Garden and Yard

Bicycle planters make great garden accents for both annuals and perennial plants.

I love to find ideas about recycling or re-purposing household items in garden projects. Someone else’s trash can always be a garden treasure.

Many bicycles have baskets or back carriers which are the ideal spot to tuck away some flowers and vines.  The frames are often colorful and bright, so that you can get creative and coordinate the plants you use to the bicycle color.

These fun and whimsical planters made from bicycles would be right at home in any cottage garden. And I love that these creative garden projects started out life as a useful item in another way. It is recycling at its best!

I am always on the lookout for new and unusual ideas for repurposing items into planters. Today, we’ll be using bicycles as planters.

Bicycle with baskets all painted pink parked near a barrel, and words 30+ charming bicycle planters.

Tips for Making a Bicycle Planter

Creating a bicycle planter for your garden is very easy.  You can go all out with paint or keep the vintage look.  Just let your imagination go wild to add a fun 2 wheeled look to your garden setting.Tips for making a bicycle planter

Start with a bike

To start your project, all you need is a bicycle. It can be an old vintage bike that you found in a yard sale, or one that your child has outgrown. Any bicycle style will do. The condition doesn’t matter.  A coat of primer and paint will fix that in a hurry!Tips for making a bicycle planter

Think outside the box.  All sorts of bicycles will work.  Kid’s trikes, old fashioned big front wheel types, miniature store bought bicycle planters and double seaters all have their own appeal that can be made to work in your garden setting.

Go wild with colors

One of the biggest appeal of a bicycle planter is that you can use color to coordinate with the flower choice.  And color adds a pop of color in your garden when nothing much is blooming, as well.Colorful bicycle planters

Don’t be afraid to go really wild with color.  Some of my favorite designs shown below are the bight orange and bright yellow colored frames of the bikes.

Get creative with the containers

You can use all sorts of containers to hold the flowers. As long as it will hold flowers and plants, it will work. Here are a few ideas:All sorts of items can be useful to hold flowers for bicycle containers

  • wooden boxes
  • rattan baskets
  • wired metal baskets
  • mesh baskets
  • colorful Rubbermaid containers

If the container has holes or openings, just line it with sphagnum moss and add the soil for a leak proof look.

Think outside the box.  We all know that bicycles use baskets to carry things but even something like a long plastic plant pot can be attached to the bicycle for a planter look.

Plants for bicycle planters

Bicycle planters generally have a feminine look to them, so any plants that do well in cottage gardens will be right at home in them.Plants to use in bicycle planters

You can think of the plants as those that will be contained in the basket or container.  Any upright or trailing plant will work well. Both perennials and annuals will work. Some ideas are:

Some of the designs below take a different way of planting and allow the bicycle to be the background and vines to cover it for an overall focal point, rather than just a planter. Good ideas for trailing plants are:

  • English Ivy
  • Nasturtiums
  • Clematis
  • Wave petunias

Bicycle Planters in the Garden.

Using items around the house in new and unusual ways add a whimsical look to garden settings. For today’s ideas, we are seeing how to turn old bicycles into charming garden planters. Just use can of paint, some fun baskets and your plants, and you are good to go.Psychedelic Bicycle Planter

Do you have a bicycle that you could use for a planter? Why not try one of these neat ideas?

Framed in Vines

The entire frame of this double seater bicycle is covered in flowering vines.  I love the way that the pink flowers are highlighted with the checked gingham seat covers. A large basket completes the look at the front.

Bicycle with vines

Pretty in Pink!

The frame of the bicycle and some crates are painted a baby pink color and then they are planted with deep pink petunias. I love the way the vines of pink flowers climb up the frame as well as the use of pink accent flowers on the center of the bicycle wheels.Pink petunias on a bicycle planter

Decorate a plain wall

How perfect is this for a plain white wall? It reminds me a bit of the flying bicycle scene in E.T. All the bicycle needs are some yellow and brown daisies in the small basket!Bicycle wall art

Contrasting colors really pop!

This thin blue bicycle gives a modern look to this display against the bright red wall. Love the colors!Modern looking Bicycle Planter

Make a Ghost Rider

This whimsical bicycle planter complete with small tennis shoe planters gives the impression of the bike having a ghost rider. How sweet!  Image shared from my friend Carlene at Organized Clutter.White bicycle planter

Cottage Garden Planter

This planter has such a cottage garden look to it.  The wildflowers go so well with the fabric lined white basket to match the colors of the bicycle.Bicycle Planter with wild flowers

Fences as Backdrops

The rustic picket fence is a nice backdrop for this baby blue bicycle with two basket planters. Colorful annuals can be changed out with the seasons.Baby Blue Bicycle Planter

Vintage High Wheel Design

Take a step back in time with this old fashioned bicycle planter. This whimsical planter has a frame looks like a high-wheel bicycle from bygone days, with one large wheel in the front and a smaller wheel in back. Two plants complete the fun look. Source – Amazon (affiliate link)Old Fashioned Bicycle planter

Paint the wheels!

Yellow is the theme here! This fun yellow bicycle planter looks as though it is part of the scene behind it with the rail baskets. The yellow painted wheels add loads of texture to this look.Yellow bicycle planter

Wooden Baskets Galore

This is one of my favorite ideas. A can of dark pink paint it put to good use for this bicycle planter.  Two wooden crates and the whole bicycle gets a fresh coat of paint and then bright pink flowers are added. The look is monochrome but so effective.

Bicycle Planter with pink crate basket

Miniature Wall Planter

What a fun idea this is!  Use it for indoor plants on a black wall, or outdoors on the side of a garden shed. Just take a small tricycle planter, add some potted tulips and you have an adorable wall accent.Wall planter with tulips

The flowers don’t need to match the color!

I love this color combo. The bicycle and baskets are both painted yellow and purple petunias add a nice splash of color as a contrast.  The brown sphagnum moss completes the look.

Yellow bicycle with planter baskets and purple flowers.

Bicycle and Planter combo

This fun combo uses a pink painted bicycle with a back basket.  Along side of it on the ground is a plant pot of the same color with a trailing vine. As the plant grows it will cover the frame of the bicycle!Pink vintage Bicycle Planter

More Bicycle Planters to Inspire You

Color is the key when it comes to charming bicycle planters are these designs will show.

Set a mood with color

This charming yellow bicycle planter is offset beautifully with the pink geraniums and pure white fence. It sets a peaceful and calm mood near the waters of the channel nearby.

Yellow bicycle planter

Orange you glad you like bright colors?

Two baskets grace this bright orange bicycle planter for maximum effect. What a great way to showcase peonies!

Peonies in an orange bicycle planter

Vintage look with a leather seat

This lime green bicycle planter has a basket that is surrounded by yellow daisies and a brown leather seat and handlebars. It has a vintage look that is very appealing.

Lime green bicycle planter with daisies

Child Bicycle Planter

Even a child’s bike will work as this charming photo shows. The bright pink flowers cover every part of the bike and it looks fabulous against the plain gray door.

Pink and white child's bicycle planter

Sunny Yellow all in

The bright yellow bicycle planter just screams summer to me. The entire bicycle has been painted yellow and is decorated with sunny yellow mums.  I think I would have painted the box planter yellow, too!

Yellow bicycle planter

Recycle and Reuse

Don’t have time for a painting project? This vintage look shows that even an old and worn looking bike can be recycled into a fun looking planter. To me, this design would look perfect in fall when everything in the garden is starting to die down.

Recycled bicycle planter

Charming mini planter

The stark gray and charcoal colors of this mini bicycle planter offset the pink geraniums beautifully!

mini bicycle planter

Surrounded by vines

This pretty designs show that you don’t need baskets or planters for a unique and creative look. The color does all the work for you.  Yellow nasturtiums climb over a starkly painted yellow bicycle for a dramatic look.Yellow bicycle covered in vines

Roaring Twenties look

This pure white metal bicycle contrasts starkly with the red coleus for a dramatic look that has a roaring twenties feel to it. Sometimes, color can be understated and still work!

White metal planter

Mesh planter design

This fun look uses pale green for a calming effect. The mesh basket matches the frame of the bicycle well and the female frame has a graceful and feminine look that pairs well with the peonies.

Pale green bicycle planter

Still need some more inspiration for bicycle planters? Check out these designs.
There are lots of creative ways to use bicycles in your garden projects.

Vintage Junk Bicycle Planter

Old Bikes in the Garden

Fall Bicycle Planter with Pumpkins

Flower Buggy Garden Planter

Flowered Rider Bicycle Planter

Yellow Bicycle Planter

Red Tricycle Planter

Now it’s your turn.  Which is your favorite bicycle planter design.  Do you have one in your garden that  you would like to share? Please upload a photo of it to the comments below!

Would you like a reminder of this post later?  Just pin this image to one of your creative gardening boards on Pinterest for easy reference when you need it.These creative bicycle planters show over 30 different ways to use a bicycle as a focal point in your garden

Admin note:  This post first appeared on the blog in July of 2013. I have updated the post to add more bicycyle planter designs as well as a video for you to enjoy.

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Sam William

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

I just couldn't leave your website before telling you that I truly enjoyed the top quality info you present to your visitors.

Chris Pecherzewski

Sunday 28th of February 2021

I have child's bike I spray painted all white and added a wire basket to the front handle bars I got many compliments


Thursday 19th of March 2020

I LOVE the bikes. Want to do one but how do you keep it up? Doesn’t a storm or wind knock it over. What is used to anchor them??

Carol Speake

Friday 20th of March 2020

It depends on the bike, but slightly raised stakes on either side of the wheels should keep them in place.

Kris Spencer

Friday 3rd of January 2020

Very well written. I love the use of bicycles in the garden. I've almost picked one up from my local thrift store dozens of times...but I feel sooo guilty because so many families get bikes for the kids and I don't want to rob a kid of a bike. I have the same problem with ice skates in winter. I want to leave them for the kids who really need them.

Carlene@Organized Clutter

Tuesday 13th of August 2013

Thanks Carole!


Tuesday 13th of August 2013

My pleasure. Hope it drives some traffic to your site! Carol

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