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Garden Spools

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I decided to make a planter box out of a cable spool and here's how I did it.
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
First I started with a plain medium size cable spool
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then I stained it a dark brown.
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
After I stained the whole spool I cut out 1 of the boards using a saw zall.
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
The best place to cut the board is right above the hole between the 2 nuts
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Then I filled 2 one gallon milk jugs with water.
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
Placed the gallons into the spool
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I made my planter boxes to sit inside the spool and I put 2 cotton wicks that I made from ripping up an old tee shirt.
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I made an X in the milk caps and fed the end of the cotton wicks into it then I put the wick inside the milk jug
  • garden spools, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
I set the planter box in the spool now if it doesn't rain for a while the planter box will get it's water from the milk jugs underneath thanks to the wicks all I have to do is lift up the planter and check the jugs every once and a while.
  • Katherine Denelle

    love this

  • Maria L Hussain
    Maria L Hussain Sun Valley, CA

    Very nice, I like the idea since I myself have lot of small spools from the floss I used, a big one like that is lovely, thank you, for this idea!

  • Ina Lynn Mitchell

    What type of paint did you use

  • Regina Tague
    Regina Tague Jefferson, IA

    When I decided to change my planters to a fall theme I noticed my cotton tee shirt wicks degraded so next year I going to find a cotton rope to use.

  • Regina Tague
    Regina Tague Jefferson, IA

    I redecorated my garden spools for the season. I love these spools I have so much fun with them

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