Give Your Plastic Takeout Containers New Life With TikTok's Clever Planter Hack

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, a staggering 400 million metric tons of plastic are tossed away on an annual basis, highlighting just how common of an occurrence it is and how much is circulating in our environment. However, you can prevent your old plastic takeout containers from going to waste by transforming them into planters. Using this upcycling hack by @itsplantsyall, you can give your new plants a home on a budget, which is perfect if you don't want to spend a fortune on new pots for your collection. Even better, you can also customize them to suit your own taste and style, which is just another added bonus. What more could you possibly want? 

In addition to being able to add your own touch, this hack is great if you are struggling to find somewhere to put your plants, as the solution could be straight in your cupboards or fridge. Now, all you need to do is locate those old containers and get to work — let's take a look at how you can transform them into DIY planters.

Turn plastic takeout containers into planters

For this hack, you'll need some old plastic takeout containers, a fork, and a lighter. Alternatively, you can always use a sharp knife. To create your planter, you first need to ensure they are clean and dry. Next, all you need to do is heat up your fork with the flame of the lighter and then push your utensil into the bottom of your container where you want your drainage holes to be. This will allow water to drain through, just like with a regular plant pot. Repeat this as many times as necessary until you have the number of openings your planter requires. To add your own twist, you can always apply your favorite color paint to create a trendy planter. For example, you could paint it to match the interior of your living or kitchen space. 

You should remember that if you use a heated up fork, it would be best to work outdoors in fresh air, as plastic fumes can be toxic to breathe in. Or, you can opt to use a knife or scissors. However, this process may be a bit fiddly, and you need to ensure that you are careful when working with such objects. If you have any containers leftover, you could try turning them into DIY hanging planters