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Portable Plastic Planter

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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
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My plant-growing skills could use some help, but my plants sure look good in their new home!
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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.
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My husband drilled some holes in the bottom - 6 holes.
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This color matches my kitchen so my husband sprayed it with Primer for Plastics by Rustoleum and then with this olive color from Krylon.
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This pictures came from @karen - the graphics fairy's free printables. I printed them off, cut them out and Mod Podged them on.
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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.
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Put the glass beads (or peanuts or gravel or whatever you have) in the bottom....
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Fill with potting soil and plant your seeds or plants.
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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.

Got a question about this project?

  • Bunni Menius
    Bunni Menius Salisbury, NC

    Now THAT'S repurposing at it's finest!

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK

      @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

    this is such a great idea. thanks for sharing.

  • Carolyn Jean Ross

    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

      @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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