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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Recycle an old coffee container by turning it into this Coffee Jug Planter from Susan Hamilton. This upcycled craft is perfect for Earth Day or Labor Day and is a fun way to reuse items you probably have around the house already. So pour yourself a big cup of coffee and get right to making this cute garden craft!

Using recycled materials to make brand new DIY crafts is a great way to celebrate the Earth by creating without having to use up any new materials. Projects like this one make fantastic teachable moments for young children, because you can explain to them how important it is to reuse materials whenever you can.

Coffee Jug Planter

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  • 1 empty, cleaned coffee container  27.8 oz (big size) 
  • Several 6” dried straight sticks
  • 2 pieces long dried branch without leaves
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Portable drill with 1/16 drill bit
  • Small manual saw
  • Potting soil
  • Plant
  • 6 dried mini roses or any dried flowers
  • Chicken wire
  • Needle nose plier
  • Basket weave cloth
  • Red ribbon


  1. Choose dried, straight sticks from the falling limbs of a tree.  Cut them 6” long with a manual saw.  If the dried stick is big, you can cut it into half.

    coffee planter
  2. Drill 5 holes on the cap and 5 holes on the bottom of the container.

    coffee planter
  3. With a warm glue gun on hand, attach the cap at the bottom.  Fill in the gaps with glue, if possible. This will elevate a little bit the pot from the ground, so as not to wet the dried sticks when you water the plant.

    coffee planter
  4. With a warm glue gun on hand, attach one  stick at a time on the side of the container.  Fill in the gaps with glue, if possible. Attach other sticks around the container until all the sides are fully filled up.  Be sure both ends of the sticks are evenly positioned at the top and bottom.

    coffee planter
  5. Fill the container with potting soil as you arrange the plant (Peace Lilly) on it.  You can choose the kind of plant you like to put in the pot.  In this case, I need to make a stand because this plant grows in a vine.  Attach 2 dried, long branches together with a plastic tie.  Stick it on the center of the pot.  If possible, add more soil and then press the soil down to make the dried stick stand.   

    coffee planter
  6. Cut 1 ½ inches wide and 30 inches long of  leftover basket weave cloth (any cloth of your choice will do).   Glue it around the container and tie it once.

    coffee planter
  7. Choose 6 dried roses or any small dried flowers you have. Be very careful in handling dried flowers as they easily tear apart.  Arrange them first in your hand as you would like them to appear when glued on the cloth. In flower arranging, there should be  the tallest one which is the focal flower, add the taller one, and then the lowest one.  Arrange them in vertical levels like they are representing heaven, earth, and humankind in that order.  Add other roses following the same principle and cut their stems, if possible.

    coffee planter
  8. Have a ribbon that is long enough to make 3 rounds around your 4 fingers as shown in the picture.  Provide extra layer of ribbon  on both ends.  Carefully remove them from your fingers with your thumb holding them. 

    coffee planter
  9. Tie the center with a chicken wire and twist it with a needle nose pliers. Leave an extra layer  of ribbon with the same length as the other end before cutting it.  Set aside and make another ribbon following the same procedure.  Put the 2 ribbons together and twist the chicken wire with a needle nose pliers again.  The 4 extra layers of ribbon should be hanging down and then spread out each layer.  Position it first where to insert in the middle of the flowers. Cut the extra wire, apply glue, and insert it through the cloth on the center of the flowers.
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This is a neat idea. And for once I have exactly what I need to make it. Right down to the brand name. It's easy enough to make and won't cost but pennies. And I am recycling. All reasons that make this project one that I really am going to enjoy making.

We have been keeping the coffee containers because our grandkids use them for projects and now I can add this cute planter to our list. What a great idea and way to recycle things you have on hand. Mother's Daay is right around the corner and this would make a very easy gift for kids to make also nice for an office desk or teachers desk. Have your kids put plants in that they started from seeds for a learning process too. Great tutorial with pictures.

Cute, but that is NOT peace lily, it is phaleanopsis, better known as devil's ivy.

This is such a neat idea and I have coffee container that i was trying to figure out what to do with it. Thanks for the idea!!

such a nice recycle,thank you,Dorothy

cute and easy

when my giant sycamore trees shed their bark I collect big sheets of it and while it is still pliable I bend it around cans, bottles, pots, etc. tie a string around it and when it dries it will hold it's shape. A coat or 2 of spray gloss makes it really shine and brings out the natural colors of the bark


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