Wine Crate Planter Box

Wine Crate Planter Box
Wine Crate Planter Box
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From the blogger: "I am so tickled with this project! It was one of those that just popped in my head and turned out just like I had hoped it would. So without further ado…here is my Wine Crate Planter Box! Several years ago I was lucky enough to score several wooden wine crates. I use a few for storage in my pantry, but I still had a few more that were just sitting in my attic. The ones that were in my attic were shallower and longer than the ones I use in my pantry and I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a good use for them."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGardening



Materials List

  • Wine Crate
  • Hammer and small nails
  • maybe a saw
  • plastic container
  • plants and potting soil

DIY Project Instructions

Instructions from the Blogger

  1. The first step was deconstructing it. It was held together with lightweight nails and staples. It was just a matter of hammering from the inside of the box toward the head of the nail, which easily forced the pieces apart without ripping the wood. (Don’t you just love that hammer? Isn’t it a happy hammer?!)

  2. I took off the bottom off of the box; I knew it would get wet with watering the plants and figured the whole thing would last longer if there wasn’t a horizontal plane for the water to settle in. I hammered down on the bottom and used a screw driver to pry the bottom from the sides.

  3. Depending on the size you want your planter, just taking the bottom and top off may be all you have to do. I did need to cut just a wee bit off of the sides and wanted to change the front out.

  4. The original box did not have design on the front of the box; instead the lid had all the designs. Since I didn’t need the lid, I decided to just cut the lid and use it as the front of the box. We used a jig saw to cut it so that I had a pattern on both of the long sides of the box.

  5. Then it was just a matter of nailing the box back together.

  6. Once it was rebuilt, I gave it three coats of polyurethane. I know that even with the polyurethane and being under the porch roof, the planter won’t withstand the elements indefinitely. I’ll be happy if I get a couple of seasons out of it. (And I still have another box of the same dimensions in the attic!)

  7. Once the planter was built, finding shallow pots proved to be more challenging than rebuilding the box.

  8. I was at Home Depot when I had my second brainstorm! Instead of several pots (which I couldn’t find anyway), I would use a long narrow plastic box as the container for the plants.

  9. I did cut off about an inch of height off of the plastic box with a jigsaw, just enough so that it wouldn’t rise above the wooden box.

  10. I drilled holes for drainage and then planted my flowers in the plastic box, using the lid as the tray to catch the water.

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We have friends who have lots of these wine crates and this is a great idea since they are avid gardeners too! Always like to see things repurposed and upcycled! For added whimsy, I could see painting these fun colors and then adding the protective polyurethane coat. You could even further embellish the planter by gluing on some seashells, buttons, or even metallic ric rac trim. Super project idea!

Fun project! I love getting new ideas for container gardening as it is how we garden at the moment. We are drawing up plans for a real garden but have a lot of work to do before that happens clearing the hillside next to our house, fencing off the area since we have A LOT of wild life hanging around, etc. This is a cute idea for our current situation. Thank you for sharing!


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