Up cycled tile for planter boxes....on the cheap!

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 04-25-2013 11:30 AM 6281 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I took a trip to town to look for planters….YIKES!
I hate to call myself cheap, but planters/boxes are not! We found a few terra cotta pots 17” to our liking and at a very reasonable price of $11.
Although they were not exactly what we were looking for we bought 2 anyway.
Sitting back in the lazy boy having a nice big cup of Joe it hit me…. look in the shed for some old unused tiles from long past jobs. Hmmmmmm now the wheels were turning.
The next day I found some 18X18 porcelain tiles. They should hold up well being porcelain over ceramic.
After using a very good adhesive to glue them together we made a simple 2X2 frame to help support the tile and glued some trim pieces on the corners with the same adhesive.
Altogether they cost about $7 to construct and about a week for everything to set completely.
Happy gardening and God bless.

-- JTC

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posted 04-28-2013 09:41 PM

: )

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 05-03-2013 03:29 AM

not sure how I missed this one

very cool. I like it !!!
I have some tiles sitting around .. hmmm

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 10-29-2014 08:21 PM

That’s a really interesting idea. You’ve got to get a good sealant on though if you’re going to be packing boxes like these with soil though! And make sure that the tiles aren’t too porous too, if not any watering you’re going to do is just going to spill out the sides!

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