“Wait! Don’t throw out your old laundry hamper! It can still be used for something.” You see, this is the little voice inside my head that prevents me from throwing out something that might still be useful for something else. If you have a tendency to reuse everyday items that most people would just throw away, just know that you’re not alone.
This week, that creativity inspiring voice inside of me has beckoned me to yet another amazing project: a strawberry planter made out of a laundry hamper. Try saying “laundry hamper strawberry planter” 10 times fast. This project is simple to put together and here’s the best part: it’s totally portable. Check it out!
- Flexible laundry basket with holes
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Black plastic garbage bag or black weed barrier
- Potting soil
- Strawberry plants
Step 1. Line the inside of the laundry basket with your liner
Whether you chose a black plastic bag or weed barrier, you’re going to take it and line the inside of the laundry hamper. Most likely, your liner will go over the edge of the basket. Don’t worry about that for now, you will trim it later.
Step 2. Drill holes in the bottom of the basket
Take your drill and drill bit and drill 6-12 holes in the bottom of the laundry hamper. Make sure that you also get the holes drilled through the black liner as well. This is going to help with drainage. Strawberries love soil with good drainage.
Step 3. Fill the laundry basket with soil and potting soil
Go ahead and take soil and potting soil and fill the basket. Having a good mixture of both soil/dirt and potting soil will make sure your strawberries have plenty of nutrients to grow. Fill the basket with the dirt/potting soil mixture all the way to the top. Make sure to trim any excess liner coming over the top of the laundry basket.
Step 4. Make slits/holes in the black liner
Using your scissors, cut slits into the sides of the liner. The slits should be about 1/2 to 1 inch long. You won’t need to make slits in every single laundry basket hole, but rather will make the slits about 6-8 inches apart around the entire basket. This will give each strawberry plant sufficient room to grow.
Step 5. Plant the strawberries
Take your strawberry plants one at a time and insert them into the slits/holes you created with your scissors. No need to push the strawberry plants extremely deep into the basket. Just make sure the roots and the base of the plant is inside of the black plastic liner.
There you have it! Be sure to water your strawberry plants plenty, especially if it’s hot outside.