What can you do with an abandoned old crib and some empty milk jugs? Probably lots of stuff, but I decided to make a planter for some of my tomatoe plants. This instructable takes one side of a crib and turns it into a mountable upside down milk jug planter.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
What I used:
drill bit to predrill holes
small wood screws
4 milk jugs
side of a crib
scrap 1x8 board
Step 2: Measuring (quote/unquote)
I am not a stickler for a measuring tape, so this next step is less than contractor/woodsmith. But, I held the milk jug upside down with the mouth recessed between the first set of bars and marked the edge.
Using some sort of straight edge, draw a line to mark where to cut on both sides of the crib.
Make the cuts, and set aside the bottom of the future planter.
Step 3: Cut the front and back sides
Again, me with my anti measuring propaganda, I decided that 3 bars high for the front and the back would get the job done.
NOTE: For the back side, I wanted the edges to be longer for mounting later
Make pencil lines for the cuts for the next two pieces, observing the note above, leaving 3 bars spacing for each.
Cut your front a back piece and set aside.
Step 4: Side braces
Line up the bottom piece and your scrap board for the side brace, and mark the width of the bottom piece on the scrap board.
Using a straight edge, extend the line across the scrap board.
Grab your saw, and chop off the first side edge.
For the second side, i just traced the side of the first cut side brace.
Step 5: Marking drill hole locations
I assembled the planter on the work bench to check to make sure it went together nicely.
With it sitting there, I marked the locations for where I wanted the screws. 3 bars high, 3 screws per side.
After I marked all the holes, I fell the planter and grabbed my drill w/bit. I didn't try to sink the pre-drilled holes all the way into the scrap, just through the side of the crib pieces to help avoid splitting the boards during final assembly.
Step 6: Final assembly
For the final assembly, I clamped the front piece to the side braces and sunk the screws.
Next I flipped it over and attached the back piece.
Lastly, I turned the planter upside down and attached the bottom. I did decide here that I should add a screw through the front and back side into the bottom piece for added strength.
Once assembled, I predrilled the holes to mount it to my fence.
Step 7: Mount the planter
Using deck screws, I mounted the planter through the fence board and into the cross board 2x4.
Step 8: Milk jug choppin
Note: you want the planter mounted before you start slipping your plants into these milk jugs
Using the utility knife, I cut the bottoms of the 4 milk jugs off.
Step 9: Upside down plant fun
I remembered reading a comment on getting your plants through the necks/mounths of bottles on another instructable:
" I wrapped the plant in wax paper and pulled the paper thru the neck and it worked great. Pull on the wax paper, not the plant"
Something else I read, there can be a lot of evaporation from these jugs, so monitor the moisture of the soil and water regularly