Garden Spools


I decided to make a planter box out of a cable spool and here's how I did it.
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First I started with a plain medium size cable spool
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Then I stained it a dark brown.
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After I stained the whole spool I cut out 1 of the boards using a saw zall.
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The best place to cut the board is right above the hole between the 2 nuts
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Then I filled 2 one gallon milk jugs with water.
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Placed the gallons into the spool
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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.
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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
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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.
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  • Annette
    on Jan 29, 2019

    Where do you find those spools? Super cute idea would love to have that either on my deck or just in my front yard maybe.

    • JoAnne
      on Mar 10, 2019

      Go to any electrical supply business. You can even call an electrician and ask where he goes to get his bulk wire supplies. Lowes and Menards will only have the smaller spools. I used to work at a wire supplier warehouse. You can get any size you want. Take a truck though. They can get pretty big and very heavy.

  • Linda
    on Jan 29, 2019

    I love 💕 this !!

  • Becky Sibley Baguss
    on Mar 11, 2019

    Love this idea I’ll be trying this for the summer. But where did you get the spools from? Thank you in advance

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  • Sonja Hill
    on Aug 10, 2019

    Great project for next Spring!

  • 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

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