Decorate your yard with a beautiful train planter made from old crates!

Old Crate Train Planter

Want another fun garden idea? Why not make your own train planters out of old wooden crates? You can easily find crates at your local flea market or thrift store. With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn these crates into beautiful planters for your home.

If you’ve got access to used wooden crates, repurposing them as train planters is a great project you can do with them. It will surely make your yard a happier place, and kids especially will love them! Plus, it’s a great way to upcycle and recycle old materials into something beautiful and useful. So get creative and have fun with this project!

Like the idea of train planters but don’t know where to get wooden crates? We have other train planter ideas for you in our album below!

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You’ll need these materials:

  • Old Crates
  • Wooden Circles (or circular objects you can attach as wheels)
  • Extra Plywood
  • Chains
  • White Paint/Spray Paint
  • 2 Empty Containers (which will serve as a chimney)
  • Wood Glue
  • Plants

And these tools:

  • Paint Brush
  • Saw
  • Drill

How to make a beautiful train planter?

Prepping your old wooden crates for upcycling is easy! Just give them a good cleaning, and you’re ready to get started. First, you can start attaching the wooden circles as wheels of the train, you can add every crate ‘wheels’.

After attaching the wheels, you can start sanding them down before connecting the crates together. Make sure to smooth out any rough edges, so you will have a smooth surface when you paint them.

Then you can paint your train planters in the colour of your choice or the one that best matches your outdoor decorations. You could even paint them in multiple colours to add a bit of fun and personality to your garden.

Now that the paint has dried, you can attach the crates together using chains. Make sure to measure the distance between each crate accurately, so that the chains are the correct length. This will ensure your train planter looks great and functions properly.

Finally, you can make the first wooden crate covered to resemble a train head. You can use empty plastic containers as chimneys. This can also be another planter you can plant on.

Your train planter is ready for planting. You can add quality potting soil and colourful plants that will make your outdoor area classy. Be sure to select plants that will thrive in the location you have chosen for your planter.

If you are unsure which plants to choose, ask a staff member at your local nursery for help selecting the perfect plants for your space. With a little care, your train planter will be a beautiful and stylish addition to your home.

If you don’t have access to old wooden crates, you can also use wine barrels and rounded logs for this particular train planter project. Wine barrels can be cut in half length-wise and make excellent planters for larger plants. Rounded logs can be used as well, although you’ll need to take care in cutting them so that they’re stable and won’t tip over.

Not only is upcycling fun, but it’s also a great way to give your home a unique and personal touch. Plus, it’s a great way to save money on decorating. Who doesn’t love a good bargain?
So what are you waiting for? Get those crates cleaned up and start upcycling!

Thanks to Facilisimo for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here



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