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Portable Plastic Planter

Those of you who follow me know I am always trying to repurpose old plastic containers. Some of you have seen my Coffee Containers that I made into Canisters. I also made a Kleenex box and a crayon holder out of diaper changing wipes containers. A lady named Meem Kaplan commented on the Kleenex box post that she used them to start seedlings and for cuttings. The idea kept coming to mind recently when I was trying to find a portable container for an herb garden I wanted for my kitchen window. This is what I came up with. It would be great as a seed starter as well! Complete tutorial is below.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $5.00 Difficulty: Easy
My plant-growing skills could use some help, but my plants sure look good in their new home!
I started with this -an empty Huggies wipes container - ran it through the dishwasher. That little picture doesn't come off so I painted over it.
My husband drilled some holes in the bottom - 6 holes.
This color matches my kitchen so my husband sprayed it with Primer for Plastics by Rustoleum and then with this olive color from Krylon.
This pictures came from @karen - the graphics fairy's free printables. I printed them off, cut them out and Mod Podged them on.
Bought this 98 cent bag of potting soil and I had these seeds. I also had the glass beads I picked up at a yard sale once for 50 cents.
Put the glass beads (or peanuts or gravel or whatever you have) in the bottom....
Fill with potting soil and plant your seeds or plants.
These are my two completed planters. They fit perfectly into my window sill and I will be making one more to hold 2 more herb plants.

Ask the creator about this project

  • Bunni Menius
    Bunni Menius Salisbury, NC
    on Mar 23, 2014

    Now THAT'S repurposing at it's finest!

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on Mar 23, 2014

      @Bunni Menius Thank you so much! The plants are looking fuller and more beautiful every day and it's easy as Pie to move them in and out and around!

  • Marion B
    Marion B Westlake, LA
    on Jan 1, 2015

    this is such a great idea. thanks for sharing.

  • Carolyn Jean Ross
    Carolyn Jean Ross
    on Apr 22, 2016

    To keep drainage from getting your windowsill wet, would it be possible to remove the top of the container and use it as a base?

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK
      on Apr 22, 2016

      @Carolyn Jean Ross Yes - you would have to have some heavy duty scissors to do it with but it's possible!

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