DIY Initial Letter Planters

Letter planters

This year, for some reason, I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug. I have visions of a little plot in the back yard, the kids getting their hands dirty planting watermelons and squashes. We’ll see if I can get our act together in time to enjoy the heirloom tomatoes dancing in my head.

My first attempt to get the kids interested in gardening was a semi success. I bought a big cardboard letter at the craft store for each of the kids’ names and let them have fun planting pretty pink and purple flowers in their letter.

How to make letter planters

DIY initial letter planters

Using a serrated knife, cut off the top of each letter. Get right into the edge of the letter and it’s really easy to cut. Then poke a few holes in the bottom of the letter for drainage and fill halfway up with dirt. Add flowers and finish with a bit more dirt.

Caroline was in raptures over all the pink. Henry was freaked out by getting his hands dirty. And Sam just wanted to eat the dirt. So while I’m not sure I inspired a love of gardening, I sure do think the results are pretty cute.

DIY initial planters

I was worried the cardboard would fall apart as soon as the letters got wet, but they held up to the heaviest rain we’ve had in ages. The planters’ permanent home is in the back yard so I don’t mind if the cardboard loses it’s shape over time.


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  1. Molly says

    I wonder if you sprayed these with a clear spray paint to almost water proof them if that would help them hold up? Spray the inside of the letter before you put soil and plants inside and the outside too beforehand? Does that seem like it would work? Love this idea! So adorable!

    • gerbermom says

      They aren’t quite sturdy enough to stand up – you could prop them up though. Let me know if you give it a try!

      • says

        These are really cool! Yes,standing up would be great too, like mini vertical gardens. This would be great on my courtyard wall. I could fix them to some backing board, paint them as Molly suggested, then staple some fine mesh over the soil and pop some herbs or succulents in them. Ok, I’m feeling inspired!!

    • gerbermom says

      Thanks Gloria :) The letters were about a foot / foot and a half tall. The store had really huge ones that would have been super cool but they didn’t have the letters I needed.

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