Garden Spools

I decided to make a planter box out of a cable spool and here's how I did it.
First I started with a plain medium size cable spool
Then I stained it a dark brown.
After I stained the whole spool I cut out 1 of the boards using a saw zall.
The best place to cut the board is right above the hole between the 2 nuts
Then I filled 2 one gallon milk jugs with water.
Placed the gallons into the spool
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.
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
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.
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

3 Ideas To Use Terracotta Pots You Definitely Haven't Seen Before
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring
25 Christmas Wreath Ideas You Don't Want To Miss This Year
30 Jewelry Organizing Ideas That Are Better Than a Jewelry Box
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
17 Benches You Can Build This Summer
Browse Through These Dream Bedrooms & Find Your Favorite!
3 Creative Eye Catching Rug Projects That No One Else Has!
30 Amazing Ways To Organize Your Shoes
Everything Red For Canada Day
30 Brilliant Things You Can Make From Cheap Thrift Store Finds!
Use Ribbon To Decorate For Christmas With These Last Minute Ideas!
15 Simple Projects Under 30 Min To Get You Ready For The Spring Season
15 DIY Projects That Will Make You Say "WOW!"

Have a question about this project?

3 of 14 questions

Join the conversation

2 of 70 comments
  • Lenny Spada
    on Aug 11, 2019

    Cabkevision Verizon and the power company's use them. If u get lucky u might be able to get one from them or I've seen them at the dumps in the past also

  • Brendan McConville
    on Aug 4, 2020

    Cool idea! How did you get the wicks into the flower box. Did you drill holes in the bottom of the flower box or did you do it some other way?

Your comment...