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Creative Containers: Vintage Toolbox Planters!

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How to recycle and old toolbox into a great planter for the garden!
Almost anything can be repurposed for a unique, one-of-a-kind planter. An old toolbox is one of the most charming Flea Market gardening containers - in either metal or wood. Here are two How To planting projects using a metal and wooden toolboxes and a gallery of our best examples.


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Planting a Wooden Toolbox

The day’s lucky junk shop finds, including the wooden farrier’s toolbox and files

Planting a Wooden Toolbox

Toolboxes are always on my mental shopping list. You can simply drill a few holes in the bottoms for drainage and there’s no need to worry about the metal ones breaking down too fast out in the elements. Wooden toolboxes can be lined with plastic or rubber liners to make the wood last as long as possible.

The first toolbox I found was a farriers wooden toolbox with a heavy metal handle.

Lucky Find

The day’s lucky junk shop finds, including the wooden farrier’s toolbox and files

Lucky Find

The junk shop proprietor sold me the box and all the files,…35 of them for $10! I drilled some drainage holes and lined the box with a heavy black plastic trash bag, secured with metal staples. Now I was ready to plant!

I planted some ‘Blueberry Thrill’ violas and alyssum and placed the box on a low shelf under the front bay window. The shelf itself acts as a display space along with my birdhouse collection, and now the toolbox will act as a window box,…with a file fence! I love it!

Planting a Metal Tool Box

Found this huge toolbox for $40.

Planting a Metal Tool Box

At a recent yard sale, I found this huge galvanized toolbox and thought it was perfect for a large planter, which otherwise would be pretty expensive. I was looking for a planter that would fit at the corner of the garage. I wanted it to liven up the area and provide a little color for Tractor Man as he putters around out on the driveway doing whatever he does. The price of $40 was just right!

Planting

I displaced some soil with empty Folger’s coffee cans I save tossed in the bottom

Planting

Soon, Tractor Man’ll have a nice garden here to enjoy as he works. I drilled 10 or 12 holes in the bottom for drainage and tossed in 6 sealed empty Folger’s cans. (I use these to collect kitchen scraps and I threw those in, too!) A tractor scoop of dirt and a big bag of soil went it next.

All Planted

The toolbox all planted! I added a dripper for reliable watering

All Planted

I planted a French lavender a Poker plant and two Black-eyed Susans. Two little daises went in front.

A Few Weeks Later:

A Few Weeks Later:

Toolbox planter jazzes up this corner!

July

Tractor Man’s tool box planter in July. He likes it! He especially likes the signs displayed on the lid

July

Will Tractor man like his new garden? He does! He says this is now his favorite flower and this makes a fantastic bright spot as we pull into the drive. Yea!

Garden Toolbox Idea File

Garden Toolbox Idea File

Kirk Willis says, “My old toolbox, planted with bright red Geraniums.

Gazania Toolbox

Kirk Willis‎ gazania toolbox

Gazania Toolbox

Kirk found another old, $1 toolbox, garage sale find from last weekend. I planted it up with Gazania plants.”

Playing Chicken

Playing Chicken

Shelley Novotny, of JunkArta, shows us some impatiens in a vintage metal toolbox with clever chicken wire ribbon

Handle It

Nancy Pedersen’s antique toolbox with a rope handle, filled with hens and chicks

Handle It

Nancy Pedersen tells us,”Here is an old wooden tool box that I had been storing in the attic. I decided to stuff it full of Echeveria, Crassula, and a sedum variety. I can’t wait until it fills in! The gray ones are Echeveria variety and the red is Crassula, and the limey green is a sedum variety. The succulents were relocated from an old home that got torn down and they had probably been planted in the 60’s. There are so many prettier varieties available today – I just had these on hand.”

Hand Crafted

Jeanne Sammons’s handcrafted toolboxes

Hand Crafted

I’m thinking maybe Jeanne Sammons saw Nancy’s toolbox! She says, “My hubby and I made these together. I usually come up with an idea and he makes it happen…these turned out really cute I thought for Hens and Chicks!

Tip: No worries about the metal heating up and damaging your plants. We have proved with real gardeners that the metal just doesn’t heat up very much when it’s as thin as it is. The same goes for thicker walled galvanized containers!

Blue Mood

Blue Mood

Julia Tomasic uses an old castoff tool box full of mason jars. This blue is lovely!

Charming

Charming

Audra DeGulis’s charming toolboxes set along a block wall

New Purpose!

Not just for planting…Joyce Collins’s tool box holds….tools!

New Purpose!

Joyce Collins found this tool box and the vintage garden tools, too. She normally resells her junkola, but says she will probably have to keep this one. This would be a simple wooden box to make, too!

Color Match

Color Match

Fishtail Cottage’s quaint little flower box is just the right color for these pink lavender plants

Outside The Box

Bettye Watkins’s clever ‘handle’

Outside The Box

Bettye Watkins makes old reclaimed wood and art items. She says, “I made this and thought it would make a great utensil caddy for the garden or container for 3 small pots with plants. I wouldn’t want to place dirt in it for a permanent plant without lining it with plastic. The wood might not hold up long otherwise.”

Not Just For Planting!

Not Just For Planting!

Kathy Hardin bought this old tool box and also uses it to hold her garden and household tools “KEEP OUT!” she says

Vignette

Carol Hall’s toolbox vignette

Vignette

Carol Hall says,”This box with the hens and chicks was my husband’s. The tools were all found in my garage and some were left from the previous owners. The galvanized bucket was a yard sale find. Notice the redneck birdbath. I got that idea on an outing.”

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