How To: Up-Cycled Speaker Planter Box

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I found this great old speaker behind our garage right as I got onto my gardening kick. I knew I wanted some planter boxes for the porch and I thought this beautiful wood box had potential!

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It was surprisingly easy to take apart. Most of the parts just popped right out. It was filled with insulation though, so I recommend wearing long gloves to remove that if anyone plans to recreate this.

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I originally thought I would hang this box off the deck rail, but it’s just a little too large for that, so I picked up some legs from Home Depot (about $2.50 each plus about $1.50 for the bracket to attach each leg).

I had some fun blue enamel paint left over from a previous project so I painted the top and the legs the same cheery color.

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For drainage, there was already one 3“ hole in the back of the speaker (bottom of the planter) from where the wires came out the back. I used a grate from one of the speaker parts to cover the hole. I just secured it with a couple screws.

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I used a drill to add 2 more small holes in the left and right sides of the bottom so that water wouldn’t poll.

To aid drainage, I placed about an inch of gravel (from our yard) in the bottom:

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My mom had brought me some potting soil as part of a birthday present a few months ago and when my neighbor Robin heard I was making a planter, she donated a bag and a half of left over potting soil to the project. (Thanks Robin!)

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That Miracle Gro Organic Choice potting soil is really pretty – it’s a beautiful red-brown color and has chunks in it that almost looks like mulch. If you are planning on potting something small that the dirt will show for a while, I really suggest this stuff. I used the regular black-with-white-pellets potting soil to fill the bottom half of the planter and the organic stuff for the top few inches.

I found some thyme, basil and a pretty pink flower at the Home Depot when I was picking up the legs. All 3 plants for about $12.

I think it turned out rather cute! A nice addition to our back porch! And handy herbs all summer! Yay!

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