What I Have Been Up To-Recycled Box to Planter

Good morning! I can hardly believe summer is coming to an end, on the calendar anyways! We will be very hot for awhile yet. But that’s ok by me!

Here is one project I was able to complete this summer. My husband brought this big box home from work. It took me a bit to figure out how to recycle it into something useful, but I finally did. I knew it would be a great planter for the back yard.

The first thing I did was to remove any nails and stickers. I then patched the holes where the nails had been.

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I painted all the edges of the box, the ends, and the top of the inside with white paint. I knew I was going to cover up the middle sections on the sides with wood, so I didn’t worry about the middle.

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Once the paint was dry, I drilled two holes in both ends of the box.

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I ran rope through the holes and tied knots on the inside.

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I found a bunch of pieces of scrap wood and cut them all the same length. I painted them with all the different colors I already had in my garage. 🙂 Then I sanded them a bit to give them a worn look.

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I laid the pieces out to make sure they would be randomly placed and then nailed them on both sides of the box.

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I didn’t want all the dirt and water to rot the wood, so I cut a piece of plastic to line the box with. It took two of us, but we stapled the plastic to the inside of the box. I don’t have a picture, but I filled the bottom of the box with plastic bottles and then filled the rest with potting soil.

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Next I filled it with some plants and a few other decorations.

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Pieces of driftwood, seashells and rocks fill in some of the empty spaces until the plants start to grow.

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I found this Mickey and other pieces at Dollar General and knew he would be perfect here!

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I added a few fairy lights too which look so pretty in the evening.

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I like adding a few special touches to my patio and enjoy spending time out here! Have you made anything for your patio or porch this summer? I would love to hear about it!

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