Earth Day 15 Minute Repurposed Mini Crate Garden Planters


Happy Monday, Friends! We have been having gorgeous spring weather here in Texas. Believe me, spring doesn't usually last long here before our early summer temperatures arrive. I'm savoring every minute and also sending warm thoughts to those of you who spring has yet to visit. Earth Day is Sunday, so if you're itching to get outside and plant or start some plants indoors until your weather cooperates, today's 15 minute fix is the perfect repurposed project... 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


Remember these mini wooden crates I scored recently? As I mentioned, I have several ideas for upcoming projects in mind, but I also bought some to sell. You can find mini crates here and here. 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


When I look out my backdoor, there is a section of fence visible that I like to decorate and change up for the seasons. I made three planters and purposely kept the wood natural rather than painting them. Whether you make one, or more than I did, you may prefer to paint yours. I found the metal letters half off at Hobby Lobby. Another option would be to add lettering to the crates themselves. 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


I originally planned to use coco liner  to hold the soil in the crates, which I usually buy at Dollar Tree. They didn't have any when I went, but I did find some weed barrier landscape paper that makes a good liner. I actually found the marigolds on clearance at Walmart--love me some clearance flowers! 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


Before planting your crate(s), decide where you want to hang them. I decided to stagger mine, but they could also be hung to create a vertical planter. I used wood screws to hang mine, but they are a little smaller than 5" x 7" and are pretty lightweight. If you use larger crates, you'll probably need a hanger that holds more weight. 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


To plant your crate, arrange the liner so that it lays higher than the space between the wood pieces. I layered two pieces of lining, one lengthwise and one across the width. 


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


Add your flowers and enough potting soil to cover the roots, but not higher than the liner. The weight of the soil and plants holds the liner in place.


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters


Happy almost Earth Day and happy planting, too!


15 minute repurposed mini crate planters



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12 comments:

  1. Cute use of the crates. What a great view out your back door, so cheerful!
    Have a great week!

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  2. Your crate planters are so creative. They look great hanging on the wall and I'm sure you will enjoy them.

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  3. I'm finally beginning to think a bit like you. When I saw the marigolds in the first picture, I thot, "I hope she puts them on her fence." I was right!

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  4. This is so cute. I like how it fills up the space on the fence.

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  7. Creative & easy to do idea. Thanks for sharing. I have planted & planted...at least we can enjoy the flowers for now but the terrible heat of July here will probably do them in:(

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  8. This is very clever, your marigolds look really pretty #happynow@_karendennis

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  9. Very fun Cecilia! I scored two kits for mini crates like these at a thrift for $1 each. Hubby put them together and I am using them in my garden shed. Thanks for sharing with the Garden Party.
    hugs,
    Jann

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