cardboard planter pots

Plant Pots Cardboard With Light

Introduction: Plant Pots Cardboard With Light

hi everyone.. first, I’m sorry if my english is bad, at this time I will share a tutorial how to make plant pots that can glow using old cardboard. This project is suitable for you who live in urban areas and would like to have a garden without having to use large tracts of land and plenty of water.

Besides placed in the garden, this craft is also suitable to be placed in the bedroom or for decoration in the living room, even in the workbench because it is light and easy to move.

How to make it not too difficult, just requires a little diligence and skill in cutting.

And sorry i am not good at writing, so most instructions only in pictures with explanations on it.

Let’s start making .

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools :

  • Cutter
  • Chop saw or Grinder (optional)

You can use cutter to cut the cardboard, but it will be more convenient and neat if you’re using chop saw or grinder.

Materials :

  • 150 cm tube cardboard
  • 20 x 45 cm cardboard
  • 2 LED bulbs
  • Power supply
  • Cable
  • 3 plastic glass
  • Large plastic glass
  • Glue
  • Tape

I only use two LED bulbs, for the lighter result you can use more than two.

Step 2: Cutting Tube Cardboard

To get the exact same results, you can follow the instructions of sizes and degree cuts in the image. But if you want different results, you can use your own size and degree cuts. Be sure to give the numbering on each result of cuts to make it easier to assemble.

The result of the cuts will be used to make pots, fish tank holder, pot ring and table legs.

Step 3: Make Pots More Realistic

To make the pot more realistic, we will add a ring on the top of the pot. For how to cut and assemble, please see the picture .

Step 4: Making Light Holes

Because we will install LED bulbs on inside tube cardboard, then we need to make some holes for light to get out of cardboard. The patterns can be same with or can use your own creations. Keep in mind, be sure to cut only half of it, if more than half of it can cause damage to the cardboard.

See picture for example..

Step 5: Installing LED Bulbs

In this step and the next step you should at least have basic electrical skills. If does not, please ask friend or lamp seller.

Using glue, attach the LED bulbs on inside cardboard and then connect with longer cable.

Step 6: Making Pots

See the numbers in order to avoid mistakes in assembling.

Sort according to the number and use glue to connect the parts. Do not forget to pull out cable from inside cardboard.

Step 7: Plant Pots Table

  • Stick all table legs on 20 x 45 cm cardboard using glue
  • Make two holes for cable lines.
  • Stick power supply at the center of cardboard.

Step 8: Electrical

Before assembling pots with table, pull out the cable from pots to bottom of table trough the hole. Then, connect with power supply. Do not forget to ask friend or lamp seller if you cant connecting that wiring.

See pictures for more details.

Step 9: Assembling Pots With Table

This step is easy, put the pots over holes and then stick it with glue. Also stick mini pots and fishtank holder too.

Step 10: Making Inner Pots

Congratulations.. This is the last step in this tutorial. Before entering the soil and plants in pots, make sure you make the inner pots first. With the inner pots, cardboard would remain in clean and dry conditions, so this craft more durable and long lasting.

Please see the picture for how to create and how to put it.

Note : Make sure the diameter of glass has the same size as the diameter of tube cardboard. If the diameter of glass is smaller, it can cause inner pots fall into cardboard pits. If this happens it will be difficult to get them back.

Thanks for following this tutorial, if you have questions or suggestions please comment.

Plant Pots Cardboard With Light: hi everyone.. first, I'm sorry if my english is bad, at this time I will share a tutorial how to make plant pots that can glow using old cardboard. This project is suitable for you who live in urban areas and would like to have a garden without havi…

How To Turn a Cardboard Box into a Garden Planter

If the children are tired of building boats and castles out of shipping boxes, let them build gardening containers.

We all know and love the advantages of container gardening. It offers a way for those living in small spaces to grow colorful flowers and fresh vegetables. We also know that the cost of planters and flowerpots can be quite high, especially if you want to grow more than two or three plants. Remember back in grade school when we used aluminum cans and milk cartons to grow seedlings? We knew, even back then, that it isn’t about how a planter looks, but how it performs. If you have a number of shipping boxes at your house, whether from a recent move, online shopping, or monthly fashion subscription services, you already have the perfect planter for growing edible plants in a container. The rectangular shape of sturdy cardboard boxes makes them easy to arrange in a yard or on a patio, and the cardboard can be recycled at the end of the season. If you are looking for an easy gardening project to do with your children, teach them how to turn cardboard boxes into garden planters.

Prepare the Box

Choose a box with the width and depth needed for what you want to plant – check your seed packet or plant tag for exact requirements. Radishes, for instance, don’t need as much depth as potatoes. Choose a sturdy, corrugated cardboard box rather than thin cardboard like a cereal box. If a box has been wet or has torn sides, send it to the compost pile and find another.

Turn the box over and reinforce the bottom with one or two strips of duct tape (or a similar strong tape) applied across the seam where the flaps meet. Apply tape to any weak corners on the box as well. Fold all the flaps down outside the box and tape them down. Not only does this hold the flaps in place, it also helps to strengthen the outer walls of the planter. To make your new gardening container more attractive, you can paint it, add stickers, or simply tie colorful ribbons around it.

Use a punch tool or large screwdriver to poke several holes, spaced about 4 inches apart, in the bottom of the box for drainage. If you wish, you can also line the box with a plastic bag to keep the box dry and extend its life, just remember to also poke drainage holes through the bag and out the bottom of the box.

Choose the Right Spot

Set the box in the spot where you want to grow the plants before adding the potting soil. Follow the sunlight needs for the type of plant you wish to grow to determine the best placement. Most vegetable crops, for example, require full sun or a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight. This is the final location for the plant, because the cardboard will soften and become difficult to move later in the season. If you have filled your cardboard planter with kitchen herbs and plan to keep it on the patio or deck, it is a good idea to elevate the box – set it on bricks or slats – so that when the water drains out of the box it doesn’t just pool around the sides.

Add Soil, Seeds, and Water

Fill the box with lightweight potting soil to within 1 to 2 inches of the top. Tap the box to settle the soil. Plant seeds or seedlings in the box according to the package directions and follow the plant spacing advice on the package to decide how many plants to place in each box.

Water the plants in your new garden to keep the soil evenly moist; follow watering guidelines for the specific plant you choose. Though cardboard gets wet when you water the soil, the porous, fibrous material dries out quickly, so you might need to water more frequently than with plastic and ceramic containers.

If the original box starts to break down before the end of the growing season, try to slip it into a new, larger box for extra protection – just remember to poke drainage holes in the new box. If possible, you can even move the plant to a permanent spot in the ground.

Turn all those shipping boxes into useful garden containers. After the growing season, you can toss them into the compost pile.