Save those empty CD drums from the landfill or recycling plant. With just a few holes for drainage and evaporation they can be stacked to become a stylish new planter.
Step 1: Collect everything you need
This project is so simple I can't believe I didn't think of it earlier. Of course you can recycle your CD spindles but even recycling causes pollution (transporting the recyclables and reprocessing them generally isn't clean). It's much better to re-use than to recycle. This project is great because not only do you find a new use for a waste product but you get to grow a plant which cleans your air. Its the project that keeps on giving!
What you need:
-Potting soil or dirt
-2 empty CD packages (the top drum part that goes over the spindle of CD's)
-Something to poke holes
***Safety Warning*** The first time I used a punch tool from a leatherman but that can be dangerous since you will be poking holes in a slippery rounded surface. I would recommend a drill or Dremel type rotary tool. You could also melt holes into the plastic with a hot nail or soldering iron. Kids get your parents permission!
- Paint, fabric, glitter, glue, or anything else you might want to decorate it with.
Cost: Hopefully Free!
Use your old CD packaging. If you don't have any, check your workplace. If they don't have any think about places where they burn a lot of CDs and DVDs. Ask at your local PC repair shop, internet cafe, or photocopy store.
Step 2: Make holes in the top pot
Make several holes (at least 6) in the bottom of the top pot. This will be the pot that holds your plant. I used a Dremel with a 1/8" drill bit. The holes allow the excess water to drain out of the bottom so you don't get root rot.