21 Aug
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Make Your Own Bonsai Pot, Making Cheap Bonsai Pots with Found Objects, Use Household Objects for Bonsai Pots

Bonsai Pots can be very expensive, and I don’t have the money to buy them right now in this poor economic state… So I have been trying to put together a list of found objects, and household materials that would work well as bonsai pots instead of buying overpriced ceramic pots.

Most of these items can be found around your house, or at a garage sale for VERY cheap! But, a lot of them will not allow for drainage, so you will just need to drill some holes in the bottom which is not difficult to do.

Below are a list of some great solutions to overpriced bonsai pots, and will give your garden a fun and unique look! Not to mention it will cut down on old unwanted things that may just get thrown into landfills.

Here is a list of some great Alternatives for Bonsai Pots:

  1. Shallow Wooden Bowl
  2. Small Shallow Serving Bowl (See picture below – Found this one at Cost Plus World Market)
  3. Wooden Platter
  4. Wooden Basket, (Lined so soil wont fall out, but make a few holes for drainage)
  5. Shallow Metal Pot, Pan or skillet (Just remove the handle)
  6. Coconut Shell (See picture below – I got this coconut shell already cut perfectly in half from Island Way Sobet Desert – http://www.islandwaysorbet.com)
  7. Bottom of an Old Metal Pitcher
  8. Small Shallow Serving bowl
  9. Pie Tin
  10. Casserole Dishes

I am going to continue to post more found object that are great for making cheap bonsai pots when i come across them. Also, feel free to post any that you may come across or have used!

Small serving tray that can be made into a bonsai pot

Small serving tray that can be made into a bonsai pot

Coconut Shell Bonsai Pot

Coconut Shell Bonsai Pot


  • Great suggestions, I’ll add one more : ) i’ve been using clay pot bottoms, the saucer a flower pot sits in which can be drilled pretty quickly with a hammer drill, even easier if they have been soaking for awhile. Great for an inexpensive training pot.

  • I have also used terra cotta saucers for training, but try to splurge on proper pots once I get the tree in shape. I manage to buy a pot or two a year. I have also removed the handle from a dark green non-stick frypan, my husband smoothed it off and drilled holes and it has been home to an azalea for many years. Right now I’m looking into making some small (10″) wooden pots, and also found a site that shows how to make cheap pots from a papier mache/cement mix. If I see used pots in thrift stores I usually pick them up – you never know when it will be the one you need.

So, what do you think?