Planter Box Made From a Cooler

7 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

This post was sponsored by Igloo. All opinions are my own.

I love creating an upcycle project. I love the idea of turning something into something completely different! That's why when IGLOO challenged me to take one of their new RECOOL coolers, made of 100% biodegradable materials and turn it into something else, I was up for the challenge!


The IGLOO RECOOL cooler is strong enough to hold up to 75 lbs and it won't chip or break when you bump or drop it, like foam coolers do.

It was the perfect blank canvas to work with for my upcycling project.


The other tools that you will need for this project are...

-Black spray paint

-White spray paint

-Wood paint stirring sticks

-Hot glue

-Potting soil

-Flowers


How to Make a Striped Planter out of a Cooler


First, you will need to spray paint your cooler. I chose to spray mine black, just because it has better coverage than the white does. Spray all of the sides and the top edges. Don't worry about painting the bottom and don't paint the inside.


At this point, you can poke holes into the bottom to create drainage for the plants. I failed to get a photo of this but your plants will be much happier if you put a few small holes in the bottom.


Next, lay out your paint stirring sticks and spray paint them. You will want half to be white and half to be black.


Once your sticks have dried, hot glue them to the sides of your cooler. We initially wanted to do the stripes on the shorter sides of the cooler as well but because of the contouring of the handles on the side, the sticks looked pretty silly. I still like how it turned out with just having the stripes on the front and back and it looks much better than having crooked stripes.


Once you glue all of your stripes on, it will barely even look like a cooler anymore. It looks like a darling wooden striped box!


Now it is time to turn this box into a planter. Dump your planting soil inside and plant your flowers inside it.


I couldn't be more pleasantly surprised with how this project turned out. I love upcycling but you just never know what the outcome is going to look like. I love my IGLOO RECOOL cooler, turned into a planter box!

Upcycled Striped Planter Box

IGLOO RECOOL

IGLOO RECOOL Biodegradable Cooler

1. Spray paint the cooler black

First, you will need to spray paint your cooler. I chose to spray mine black, just because it has better coverage than the white does. Spray all of the sides and the top edges. Don't worry about painting the bottom and don't paint the inside.

2. Spray half of your stirring sticks white and half of them black

Next, lay out your paint stirring sticks and spray paint them. You will want half to be white and half to be black.

3. Hot glue sticks onto the long sides of the cooler, alternating between black and white.

Once your sticks have dried, hot glue them to the sides of your cooler. We initially wanted to do the stripes on the shorter sides of the cooler as well but because of the contouring of the handles on the side, the sticks looked pretty silly. I still like how it turned out with just having the stripes on the front and back and it looks much better than having crooked stripes.

4. Put potting soil into the cooler and plant flowers.

Now it is time to turn this box into a planter. Dump your planting soil inside and plant your flowers inside it.

I couldn't be more pleasantly surprised with how this project turned out. I love upcycling but you just never know what the outcome is going to look like. I love my IGLOO RECOOL cooler, turned into a planter box!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Lucille Schmidt
    on May 22, 2020

    Could you use a foam cooler -like the ones you get Omaha steaks in?


    • Leslie
      on May 22, 2020

      Hi Lucille, yes you can paint a foam cooler. You can use regular latex paint and there is spray paint that is only latex. You can ask at HD, Lowes or any paint place. Or just Google it. :)


  • Cindy Arnevik
    on May 22, 2020

    Doesn’t the biodegradable cooler fall apart when exposed to the soil and water? Or does the paint protect it?

    • Leslie
      on May 22, 2020

      Cindy I was going to ask the same thing. SOOOO I looked it up and it takes about 3 years for it to break down. That being said lining it with plastic may slow the process down from the inside.

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