Hey, y’all, can you believe it’s almost the end of June, and we’re more than halfway through the year already? That just seems wrong somehow. I hope it’s been a good one for you so far. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll know that the last Monday of the month means it’s time for the Int’l Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge. Every month, a group of bloggers from all over the world get together, to make, create or recycle something based on a specific theme. Last month we all repurposed tin cans, and you won’t believe what everyone came up with. This month we had to do something with a common household item, and we chose old DVD cases.
That’s a common household item, right? Everyone has them gathering dust somewhere. We have loads of them. Games, backups and movies, they’re all there. When we went through our stash, most of the inside bits were missing. How does that even happen? There is no way we could donate them, so we decided to recycle them instead and make a vertical garden.
How To Make a Vertical Garden Using Old DVD Cases
The plastic outer casing makes perfect planters. They’re sturdy and a nice size. All we needed to do was drill a few drainage holes at the bottom of the DVD cases and find a piece of wood to hang them on.
The plain black casings aren’t the prettiest, so I put together this rough template to make a cover.
Transfer the template to a newspaper and adapt the measurements to suit. Once you’re happy place the newspaper pattern onto your fabric and cut it out. We used leather bits we have left over from our epic suitcase bureau makeover to cover the cases.
Using contact adhesive, we glued the leather to the old DVD cases.
Wait for the glue to dry completely before adding a few pebbles to the bottom of the DVD cases.
Screw the DVD cases onto the piece of wood and fill it with soil, succulents and a Heart Leaf Philodendron.
This little beauty is often called the Sweetheart plant and will grow really quickly in low to medium light.
She’s probably the most common house plant here in South Africa. We have a huge one in our garden, so we just took some stem cuttings that had been dipped in rooting hormone.
We used another leftover from the suitcase makeover to hang the vertical garden.
I love how the DVD-repurposed vertical garden turned out. I just can’t decide whether she should be hung on the wall ………….
Or do we put her against the wall with our other succulents?
What do you think? Would you hang it or stack it? And if you have any other ideas on how to recycle DVD cases, I’d love to hear about them because we have a few more empty cases gathering dust 😉
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Now I’m off to see what common household items the other IBC bloggers have recycled. Wanna join me?