Old printer taking up your back closet for the last few years? Here's how to turn it into a usefull planter box.

Step 1: Getting Started

There are many ways you can personalize your printer/planter, but here are the basics of the build.

You will need:
-exacto knife
-utility knife
-small wood planks (The smaller the better)
-super glue or goop
-plastic bags
-potting soil.

Step 2: Opening Your Printer and Break Down

For the next step you will need to open the top casing of your printer. As I was using a printer/scanner, I had two sections to open up.
I found that using a knife along the borders worked best for me.

After your printer is open you wil then need to remove each of the internal componets untill you are left with an empty platic casing.

Step 3: Shoring Up and Lining Down

With the printer now open and clear, you will need to cut out any plastic attached to the case to leave as much free space as possible. For this portion you will need to use some kind of rotary saw to cut the pieces. Makesure you are in a well ventilated area for this step.

After your workspace is cleared you can work as is and move on to the next step or add an internal lining. Regardless make sure to use the wook planks and glue to cover the paper tray!

From here you can attach wook planks to the bottom of the printer and then line it with plastic bags using super glue for a cleaner planter box. If you are using the scanner portion of a printer/scanner I would only recomend using the plastic and using this portion for seedlings. Dont forget to cut drain holes in the bags.

Step 4: Finishing Up

Now all you have to do is add your potting soil and plants. I found that this works best for transporting plants from garden to garden, or for when you want to grow smaller plants.

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    5 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have a number of old printers that i could do this with! It's a great idea. They are beyond repair too.

    loximuthalJoe Martin

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Except that all the e-waste is not being used in this project. Still got to do something with all that.