One of my Dad's latest projects was making an old mail box into a planter. This project was relatively easy for him, since he's really good with power tools, so if you are too, this is a cute way to fill up space in your back yard.
Most of the things that we needed for this project we had laying around. Nothing has to be too precise, because it all depends upon the actual mail box that you select, and how you want to present it. We just found a thick wooden plank, that had been sitting around for about a year, waiting to be chopped into fire wood. The base was kind of in the same boat, but my daddy just painted it white. The mail box, he found either at a garage sale, or at the flea market.
What You'll Need
An old mail box
A screw drill (I'm not sure what it's called, I'm not much of a handy man, so forgive me)
A long thick slab of wood
A smaller, but thick base
This project is fairly easy, if you've already got things lying around like I did. To secure everything, we just drilled screws into the mail box. We did four going down each side, just to make it extra secure. Then we did the same to the plank and base.
When everything was secured, we painted the base for some contrast and let it dry, before filling our mail box with soil.
Then we arranged our succulents the way that we wanted, and packed them in as well.
Now our planter sits right on the outside of the porch, so it gets plenty of light. These particular plants aren't the kind that can go with no sunlight, so be sure to place them where they get enough in the morning time at the very least.
The planter is a great conversation piece for people who stop in for a visit. So if you make one, be prepared for a whole lot of compliments!