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Indoor plant pots: 13 novelty designs to give your houseplants a quirky update

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Forget simple colour schemes and minimalist shapes: these novelty pots are designed to give your houseplants a quirky edge. 

It’s no secret that houseplants are the perfect way to add a bit of life to your home. Whether you’re short on space or looking for a plant that’s easy to care for, there really is something for everyone – even if you’re not particularly green fingered. 

In the same way, picking the perfect plant pot to house your new leafy friend couldn’t be easier; as houseplants have grown in popularity, so too has the variety of plant pots on offer.

From classic ceramics to raised planters, the pots we use to display our plants are yet another way to add a splash of character to our interiors – and that’s what makes selecting them so fun.

Now that summer is here, one of the easiest ways to jazz up your space is with a quirky planter. If you can think of a design, chances are someone has made it – from cute animals to elegant faces, the days when pots were designed simply for functionality are long gone. 

With that in mind, we hunted down some of the best novelty plant pot designs out there. From hand-painted designs to giraffes, these planters take their shape inspiration from the most unexpected of places – and they’re absolutely fantastic.

Best novelty plant pots

  • Monstera Magic plant pot

    Best novelty plant pots: Pimp Up Your Plants
    Best novelty plant pots: Pimp Up Your Plants

    Add some personality to your windowsill, balcony or bookshelf with these colourful terracotta pots by London-based company Pimp Up Your Plants. Available in multiple colour combinations – not to mention five different sizes to accommodate all herbaceous housemates, from fiddle leaf figs to miniature cacti – the made-to-order pots are handpainted with the instantly recognisable leaves of the monstera plant.

    Shop Pimp Up Your Plants Monstera Magic plant pot from The Drop by Stylist, £12

  • Bam Botanics pot and saucer

    Best novelty plant pots: Bam Botanics
    Best novelty plant pots: Bam Botanics

    Exclusively for The Drop, Bam Botanics have created a handpainted plant pot and matching saucer in three new monochrome patterns – Dorothy (dots), Gladys (triangles) and Margot (brush strokes).

    Each pot and saucer comes with a trailing String of Hearts plant (aka ceropegia woodii) so you don’t need to faff around trying to find a plant that fits. And to make things as simple as possible, it comes with a care card (maintenance level: easy). Your houseplant collection will thank you.

    Shop Bam Botanics plant pot and saucer from The Drop by Stylist, £28.50

  • Matilda Goad planter

    Matilda Goad planter
    Best novelty plant pots: Matilda Goad

    If it isn’t the shell fruit bowl that’s gaining our attention, it’s Matilda Goad’s collection of dream plant pots. This scalloped style is available in multiple colour-ways and sizes so take your pick. 

    Shop scallop tole planter at Matilda Goad, £36

  • Lisa Angel pot

    Lisa Angel pot
    Best novelty plant pots: Lisa Angel

    This quirky pot is catching our eye for all the right reasons. Imagine it with a little happy plant, or you could even use it as a trinket holder for all your favourite jewels. Either way, it’s one not to miss out on. 

    Shop Lisa Angel lips eyes pot at Trouva, £22.95

  • Salt Studios plant pot

    Prick Ldn pot
    Best novelty plant pots: Salt Studios

    Made from jesmonite, the terrazzo texture is created while keeping a smooth surface. These punchy pink pots will look so good with a clashing green plant. In three different sizes, you’ll most likely want the whole family. 

    Shop Salt Studios terrazzo pot at Prick Ldn, from £12

  • Anthropologie lady pot

    Kinska Melena Face Pot from Anthropologie, £24.
    Best novelty plant pots: Anthropologie

    Interiors inspired by the female form are all the rage at the moment, so this Melena Face Pot from Anthropologie is seriously on trend.

    Designed for Anthropologie in collaboration with Kinska, this hand-painted stoneware pot is perfect for displaying plants on your desk.

    Shop Kinska Melena face pot at Anthropologie, £24

  • Doiy Design rainbow plant pot

    Best novelty plant pots: Rainbow Plant Pot from Albino, £23.49.
    Best novelty plant pots: Doiy Design

    Although its miniature size means it’ll only fit the smallest of succulents and cacti, it’s a cute option for someone who enjoys the brighter side of life.

    Livening up any room of the house, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this one. 

    Shop Doiy Design rainbow plant pot at Trouva, £27.99

  • Rose & Grey plant pot

    Best novelty plant pots: Rose & Grey
    Best novelty plant pots: Rose & Grey

    These face plant pots from Rose & Grey are a great way to add a subtle pop of personality to your home. The abstract design, in two different sizes, makes this pot the perfect home for a small plant or cacti. 

    Shop Rose & Grey face plant pot, from £11.50

  • Crete & Co. concrete planter

    Crete & Co planter
    Best novelty plant pots: Crete & Co.

    We’re in love with the geometric design of this concrete planter from Ghanaian-based duo Crete & Co.

    Handmade using ethically sourced materials and resources often found on building sites in Ghana, this pot is the perfect size for displaying a brand new succulent.

    Shop Crete & Co. Ohene Ba Handmade Concrete Planter at Copper Dust London, £14.99 

  • Dadaceramics plant pot

    Pink Face Pot from DadaCeramics, £16.20.
    Best novelty plant pots: Dadaceramics

    Whoever thought that putting faces on plant pots was a cute idea was 100% correct.

    The delicate pastel colours of this face plant pot design by DadaCeramics makes it perfect for displaying a small succulent or cactus. The best bit? Each pot is handmade in a ceramics atelier in the Netherlands, meaning every piece is completely unique.

    Shop Dadaceramics pink face pot with legs at Etsy, from £25.79

  • Dunelm giraffe plant pot

    Giraffe Plant Pot from Dunelm, £7.
    Best novelty plant pots: Dunelm

    Take a walk on the wild side with this giraffe-shaped planter from Dunelm.

    Painted in delicate pastel yellow and dotted with intricate embossed detail, this pot is ideal for displaying a trailing plant which won’t obscure the giraffe’s head, such as a string of hearts.

    Shop giraffe plant pot at Dunelm, £7

  • Sass & Belle planter

    Little Leggy Terracotta Planter from Sass And Belle, £4.50.
    Best novelty plant pots: Sass & Belle

    This miniature planter gives a classic terracotta pot a quirky twist.

    As a result of its simple colour, this pot is bound to go with whatever interior style you’ve got going on – and thanks to the wide range of sizes Sass & Belle have on offer, you can have a little plant pot family.

    Shop little leggy terracotta planter at Sass & Belle, £4.50

  • Anthropologie planter

    Bird Can Fox Cat Planter from Anthropologie, £11.
    Best novelty plant pots: Anthropologie

    One for the cat-obsessed plant owners out there, this planter from Anthropologie is the ideal plant pot for someone looking to mix things up.

    Made by the Bristol-based crafter Liz Davies, this pot also comes in white. 

    Shop bird can fox cat planter at Anthropologie, £11

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.

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