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DIY Decorative Windowsill Planter (up-cycle project)

With extra time on our hands so many of us are having a clear out or even looking for up-cycling projects. How about combining the two and making yourself a beautiful windowsill or coffee table planter?


This cute little design is ideal for season flowers, edible herbs or even a little Cacti/ Succulent

design. While clearing out the garden shed I found this old wine box and its perfect for the job but any wooden or metal water tight container will work and you can be as quirky as you like!

Other items that will work as an ideal container are old washed out tins, a small wooden draw,

wooden tea caddy, loaf tin.


For a bigger design why not try an upright bread bin, retro cake tin or even a biscuit tin.

These are all items ideal to be up cycled into a planter.

Step by Step Guide


1. Clean down the container ( if required ). I always like to line the containers to be extra sure of no water leaking. Use cellophane or a plastic bag to line the bottom of the container.


2. Layer a couple inches deep of multi purpose compost in the base of your chosen container, map out your chosen plants and decide on their placements. For this design I have chosen three small petunia plants and some trailing variegated ivy.


3. Remove your chosen plants from their plastic containers and gently tease the compact roots to loosen the soil. Place each plant in to your chosen position.


4. Once all your plants are in place, top up with more compost leaving half an inch space from the top of the container.


5. Top with any decorative stones and water to help the plants bed in.


If you choose to create this design with edible herbs this will sit perfectly in your kitchen! Succulents or Cacti designs will love a conservatory or garden room.

Generally plants love partial sunlight throughout the day.


Brighten up your home during lock down as well as making use of something old

that might of other wiser ended up in the bin!


Share your projects with us over on instagram using #DIYbedfordshireflowerschool


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