Introduction: Cubicle Planters, a Garden in Your Cube

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These are a nice way to add a little life to your cubicle or office. They are simple metal boxes. I was inspired by another instructable:

Credit-Card Flower Box (Fridge Magnet)

I really like the magnet version, but there is not much light by my fridge, and I only had enough cards to make two. I wanted to make a cubicle version, so I decided to make some metal ones. These are very cheap to make.

My version of this project involves power tools, so if you are STUPID and likely to hurt yourself, go do something else.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Vise or clamp with parallel jaws
wire cutters
butane torch or soldering iron
rotary tool with abrasive cutting wheel (tin snips would probably work ok)

-Nice to have
vise grips or spring clamp
strong magnet

Dog - good for company (choose one that is not rabid)

light weight metal - you could use an old filing cabinet drawer(good thin steel).
small paperclips

Step 2: Mark and Cut Metal

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Mark your metal and cut out as many pieces as you want. You need one piece for each planter.
I made a 2.5cm x 2.5cm x 5cm planter. Choose whatever dimension that makes you happy.

Step 3: Bend Your Metal

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Read the notes on the images.

Step 4: Play With Fire

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Try not to burn yourself. Read the notes on the pictures.

Step 5: Finish

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Clip the paper clip wire to length.
Sharpen the points.
Smooth any sharp edges.

You should have something like the images below.

Decorate it how you like. I just roughed mine up with the rotary tool.


lovepirate9 (author)2009-01-25

very awesome idea, but "stupid" and "clumsy" are two VERY separate things..

jdlink (author)2007-07-05

Sorry if this is off topic but I'm curious how to add the captioned squares to a photo (see tools above). What software does this??? Thx, Jack

nugget659 (author)jdlink2007-07-05

it is one of the feature of instructables. Make an instructable, and you will see.

PocketSized (author)2007-06-28

My word. Im impressed. Thanks for giving credit. Look at the size of those plants, you could never have grown such beasts in my credit-card version.

nugget659 (author)PocketSized2007-06-28

I loved your instructable. I immediately went looking for credit cards, but not much luck. The plants came from other houseplants I have. This was a gift for my wife so she could have some green in her cube. Congrats on the fridge magnet win. Hey I am trying to get into the office supplies challenge, any idea how to add the keyword? I can't seem to find the option now.

PocketSized (author)nugget6592007-06-29

I've also made a Office Supply instructable :D, but for some reason Instructables isn't showing it at the moment. Cheers, it was the first competition I'd ever won. I hope your wife likes her gift. lol, no doubt she has a forest cubicle now.

nugget659 (author)PocketSized2007-06-29

make sure you have added the keyword to your instructable, and add it to the office supplies challenge group

PocketSized (author)nugget6592007-06-30

There we go. Im all up and running.

nugget659 (author)nugget6592007-06-28

Nevermind about the keyword, I see it now.

bumpus (author)2007-06-29

having aloe in the cubicle is a good idea b/c most of use prolly play with fire at work :) sweet

GrahamStabler (author)2007-06-29

For small planters you could use tin sheet (from biscuit tin), it is thin enough to cut with tin snips or even those tough scissors, also solders very easily. Add creases to increase stiffness if/when required.

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