Create an inexpensive coffee table by DIYing recycled flower pots

by Mark Bennett

April 30, 2024


Finding the perfect coffee table for your living room can be challenging: not only are there thousands of models to choose from, but some of them (usually the one you really like!) can be very expensive.

DIYing a coffee table could be the way to go if you have a limited budget. Among the materials you can use, old flower pots can be recycled for this purpose. Read on to find out more:


1. Terracotta and marble coffee table

Old terracotta vases/flower pots are perfect for making a wonderful designer coffee table; you just need a large terracotta pot and a marble or wooden top/lid for this project.

You don't need special DIY skills to create a lovely coffee table using these materials: carefully clean the terracotta pot with a mixture of water and vinegar (or water and lemon), carefully scrubbing away any grime with a soft-bristled brush. Afterwards, dry out the pot throughly outdoors (if possible). Once dry, turn the pot upside down and cover the bottom with epoxy glue or acrylic glue and place the marble or wooden top on top. Wait a few hours for the glue to dry and your new coffee table is ready to go!


2. Storage coffee table

If you need a multifunctional piece of furniture for your small home, why not create a storage coffee table? Choose a pot in a material you like: terracotta, plastic or concrete - almost any model pot will be suitable for this project (as long as it is large enough to hold your blankets or the other objects you want to store away). Use a wooden top for the pot, which you can then easily paint (if you want). If you like, you can secure the top with hinges, making opening and closing the lid easier.

3. Hourglass coffee table

Hourglass coffee table

If you love simple lines and the robust look of concrete, create an hourglass-shaped table that can serve as both as a coffee table or a bedside table.

For this project, you will need two resin pots, a wooden top/lid, plaster and spray paint. Start by joining the two resin pots together by gluing their bottoms to each other; then, place the wooden lid on the top pot. Cover the entire table with white spray paint. Then, plaster the exposed surfaces of the table (to create the concrete look). Once dry, your "concrete" coffee/bedside table will be ready!

Can you think of other ways flower pots can be used to create useful items of furniture?