This is an enjoyable craft to do on a beautiful day with the kids or even by yourself, and honestly, it doesn’t take that much effort. Check out this simple tutorial that shows you how to turn an old dresser drawer into a beautiful planter box. For more information visit the original project page at Instructables.com. Thanks to Spaceman Spiff for creating this fantastic how-to masterpiece.
- Old lingerie dresser or chest drawer
- Nails (medium size)
- Plants of your choice
- Black sticky paper
Step 1: Create Drain Holes
Drain holes keep the planter box from retaining too much water. If that happens, the plants will drown. You can create these holes by merely pounding a few of those medium nails in the bottom of the box. Don’t make them any more significant than ¼” in diameter or the soil will escape. If you have a drill and a small bit, you can use that as well.
Step 2: Primer
If you want to avoid rot, use an oil-based primer before painting the box. If you have a dresser drawer made from black locust, redwood, bald cypress, red cedar, etc., they are naturally rot resistant and won’t need the primer.
Step 3: Paint Your Box
This is the most fun part of the whole project. If you are working with your kids, let their creativity shine. Let them pick out the paint and the decorations. You can then just paint the box and let it dry. After that, add some decorations with stencils or freehand it if you’re artistic.
Step 4: Soil Time
If you are going to add worms to your soil, place a piece of cardboard on the bottom before you add the ground. This will keep the worms from escaping. The worms will create tunnels that better allow the water and air to get to the roots. As for the soil, you can either use compost, soil from your garden or purchase some at your local lawn and garden store.
Step 5: Time To Plant!
The last step in this process is to add some plants to your box and place it in a spot where there is a vast amount of sunlight. I suggest putting them in a spot where everybody can see your artwork or your kid’s artwork. If you aren’t sure what you can place in your planter, here are some ideas:
- Double impatiens
- Bush morning glory
- African daisies
Tips For Planting
When taking the plant that you purchased out of the container, do not disturb the roots. If they are hard packed, just loosen them a little bit then place them in the soil at the same depth as the original container.
Water your box once every 2-3 days. If it’s boiling, you may have to do it once a day.
If you aren’t using worms, feed your plants with plant food every couple of weeks.
Remove spent blooms to allow more blooming opportunities. This is called deadheading. Pinch the little stem beneath the flower to remove it.
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