Wine Crate Planter Box

projects | March 15, 2017 | By

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.I upcycled a wooden wine crate and made this fantastic wine crate planter box. It works perfectly in my old metal planter.

As fate might have it, I’ve also been looking for a good ‘container’ to hold my plants in this chippy old planter I found last year. TA DA…kismet! The wine crate was just about the perfect size for the planter. With a few cuts of the some of the wood, I made it just the perfect size for a wine crate planter box.I upcycled a wooden wine crate and made this fantastic wine crate planter box. It works perfectly in my old metal planter.

Of course, you don’t need a wine crate to make a little wooden planter box. But since I had them anyway, it made sense to use one instead of letting them all sit idly in the attic. And…I do like the wine company logos on the box, it gives it a little character.I upcycled a wooden wine crate and made this fantastic wine crate planter box. It works perfectly in my old metal planter.

Here’s the box I worked with.  


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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?!)

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.

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. 

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.

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

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!)

What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

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

What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

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. 

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. I upcycled a wooden wine crate and made this fantastic wine crate planter box. It works perfectly in my old metal planter.

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

What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

I can’t even tell you what a big difference this wine crate planter box makes in my planter…it just really ‘works’ there…like it was meant to be. Reminds me of my trips to Napa Valley.

What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

And I’ve never grown poppies before! But I purchased these beauties a month ago and they are still going strong, with new buds taking over when the old ones finally lose their petals. I will definitely be planting poppies again!What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

I may be making another one of these boxes just to sit on our outdoor coffee table, I love finding uses for these wine crates! 

What a great upcycle and repurpose! A wooden wine crate makes a great planter for a container garden.. An easy DIY for porch decor.

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Comments

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    Robin from Frugal Family Times
    March 16, 2017

    Such a pretty use for a wine crate, Lynn! Your hidden plant “pots” are so clever. BTW we still have snow here so I have super porch and plant envy right now. 🙂

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      Judy
      May 8, 2017

      Great idea for my old kitchen drawers!!!

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        lynn
        May 9, 2017

        Brilliant! Pop by with a photo to show how they turned out.

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    Tammy
    March 16, 2017

    Simply brilliant! I love the character of the wine box! Plus…you use the plastic insert to protect the wood. Makes me dream of warmer weather when I can finally get outside and tend to flowers. Still snow on the ground here.

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      lynn
      March 26, 2017

      So true, I have never heard anyone ever say, ‘Rats, I have too many wine crates!’…am I right?

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    Tara @ Lehman Lane
    March 21, 2017

    Your wine crate planter looks so pretty Lynn! I love that you used the top of the box for the front of the new box. Those orange flowers are really pretty too. Pinning!

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      lynn
      March 26, 2017

      Thanks Tara, it was such an easy craft and it made such a difference in my planter…loving it. And those poppies are great…they just keep blooming!

      Thanks for coming by.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Marta McCue
    March 24, 2017

    This is gorgeous Lynn! I love it so much! I have to show this to my husband since he’s into gardening lately and we love wine! Ha.

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      lynn
      March 26, 2017

      I am so glad you like it Marta! And it was so easy and rather fun to ‘remake’ the wine crate. And I’ve seen your back yard and think you need a wine crate planter!

      Have a great day

      Lynn

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    Annette Benjamin
    March 24, 2017

    I love the plastic container that was great

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      lynn
      March 26, 2017

      Thanks Annette…I was pretty tickled with that brain storm and it has worked perfectly.

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      lynn
      April 25, 2017

      Aw thanks Emily. I’m still loving it and enjoyed updating it with more summery flowers this past weekend.

      Appreciate you stopping by.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    Jewell Martin
    May 8, 2017

    I love your wine crate flower box, both layers. I inherited a couple of wine boxes in the attic when we bought our house the opposite little problem for me was, I was hesitant for nine years to use the boxes because they had the logos on the side. We are a “dry” family! But the wood is so beautiful I didn’t want to paint over it. I’m using the lid for one right by the front door as a mini mud room. When my little granddaughters enter the house, they want to get barefoot. So the rule is, shoes and socks are to be left in the door box (lid), and that will make them easier to find when the girls leave. Great in theory! The other boxes are holding magazines, cds, etc. but I love the flower box on the metal stand very much. Good ideas, as always.

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      lynn
      May 9, 2017

      Good Morning Jewell…what a great idea to use the wine box to store shoes/socks…in theory!😉

      And how lucky for you that you inherited some wine boxes. They aren’t always easy to come by.

      Some of the logos are quite vague and don’t specifically state ‘winery’…you might be able to get away with one of those.

      Many thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment! It is very much appreciated.

      Many Hugs, Lynn

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    Sirkku
    May 8, 2017

    Looks great, I’m gonna use your idea. Thanks for sharing

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      lynn
      May 9, 2017

      You are so very welcome Sirkku! And thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comment. Wishing you a wonderful day. I’d love to see your finished wine crate planter. Send me a photo.

      Hugs, Lynn

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    NightOwl
    May 9, 2017

    I love this idea . I have several wine crates
    In the garage waiting to be used. I will be
    trying it out as soon spring is here.
    Thank you so much for such a cute idea

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      lynn
      May 9, 2017

      Hey NightOwl!I am so very glad that I may have inspired you a wee bit! Lucky you for having some spare wine crates laying about. There are so many things you can do with them, but this planter box is one of my all time favorites for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

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