Creative Reuse Project: Make a Wall Planter!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start planting! We recently learned how to upcycle a cabinet door into a hanging wall planter, and we’re going to show you how you can too. This is the perfect project to bring a little life into your indoor spaces, whether it is flowers in your living room, or basil and parsley in your kitchen, this wall planter can be used in so many ways!

Materials you will need:

  • Cabinet door, or any other piece of recycled wood. We got our cabinet door at EcoBuilding Bargains, where they have a wide variety of cabinet doors and cabinet drawer fronts, all in different shapes, sizes, and style s, starting at just $5!
  • Hose Clamps
  • Screws
  • Recycled jars: you can use mason jars, but it’s best to reduce waste and reuse jars! You can use peanut butter jars, pasta sauce jars, or anything else you have lying around the house.
  • Dirt
  • Seeds
  • Drill
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hammer and a thick nail
  • Ruler and pencil

Instructions:

1.  The first step is to prep your hose clamps by making a hole bigenough for your screw to fit through so that you can easily secure it to the cabinet door. We did this with a hammer and a thick nail about the same size as the screw we were planning on using. If you have a strong enough metal drill bit, this could work well here too.

2.  Once each of the three hose clamps have holes in them, you can begin to prep your cabinet door. We took a ruler and pencil and measured three even places for our three hose clamps to go.

3.  Next you can take a drill bit a little smaller than your screws and drill into the cabinet door three preliminary holes at your marked spots to make it easier to secure the hose clamps to the wood.

4.  Before you secure the hose clamps, turn the cabinet door upside down, and simply drill two screws about halfway into the wood in the top two corners to give yourself some hooks to hang the planter later on.

5.  Now, you can flip the cabinet door back to it’s front, and secure the hose clamps. We found it worked best to place the screw all the way through the hose clamp to start, and then you can go ahead and drill the screws into your pre-established holes.

6.  Once the hose clamps are secured into the wood, you can go ahead and place your jars into the hose clamps and tighten them using the Flathead screwdriver.

7.  Now comes the fun part! Once you are certain that all ofyour jars are steady and secure, you can fill them with dirt and plant your seeds! Or, if you’re not into growing your own plants, you can use them as vases, and fill each with water and some cut flowers to spruce up any room.

8.  The final step is to hang it on the wall! Make sure that you pick a spot that receives enough sunlight for whatever plants you are aiming to grow.

For more upcycling ideas, check out our other Creative Reuse blog posts, or follow us on Instagram @ecobuilding.bargains! Happy crafting!

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