D.I.Y. Upcycle a Bourbon Box Into A Planter

Booker’s Is a Favorite Around Here & the Box is Perfect for a Stylish Windowsill Planter

We received this bottle as a gift from one of our favorite clients & all around awesome builder United Makers (see Cantrell Commons). Check out the awesome branding (literally)!

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The box is perfect because the plastic lid acts as a little greenhouse so you can use it year round.  Here are the steps to make your own little planter out of a bourbon box or really any little wooden box you have around your house.

Step by Step Instructions

1. I prepped the wood with 3 coats of Krylon Acrylic sealer in the hopes that I would extend the life of the box a bit.

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Plastic Lid Will Act as a Greenhouse in Cooler Weather

2. Drill holes in the bottom so that they water can drain.  If you put this on your windowsill protect the surface with a dish so the water has somewhere to go.  I have mine outdoors while the weather is nice.

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3. Line with plastic, weed blocker or any other material that will protect the wood from the soil.  If you use something non porous make sure you put a few holes in the bottom so the water can get out.  I used a staple gun to make it stay.  I also made sure to keep it below the line where the plastic lid slides in so that I could use that in the colder months.

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4. Fill with a potting medium that works for what you are planting.  I was planting sunflower sprouts so I mixed regular potting soil with a light seed starting mix.  Another plant type that could work well are succulents.  I recently posted a recipe to make your own succulent potting mix which is the secret to making sure they thrive (it’s very easy as are succulents).  Greensgrow Farms in Kensington has lots of succulents.

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5. Plant with something that doesn’t need lots of space.  I used sunflower micro greens which only take 10-14 days to mature & are a really healthy addition to sandwiches & salads.

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6. Voila! A nice addition to your urban garden!

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