It seems as though bulky wooden mail sorters can be found just about at any thrift store or garage sale. These mail sorters are great at doing their job, but usually aren’t the most appealing to look at. Should you come across one, why not upcycle into something fresh instead? Take a look at how in a few easy steps, we upcycled an old mail sorter into a fully functional indoor herb planter. Just in time too, as you will want to start growing those herbs indoor as the fall season approaches!
How to Make an Indoor Herb Planter from a Mail Sorter
Multi slot mail holder. Wood or even metal will do. Here is what ours looked like before. It was a steal at just $2.
You will also need a paint of your choice, as well as a paintbrush.
Last but not least, you will need some gravel, potting soil, and herb plants.
1. Begin by applying two coats of paint to the wood or metal. We simply brushed ours on, allowing it to dry well between coats.
2. Once the paint is dry, put about an inch of small sand or gravel on the inside of each compartment. This will help the soil in each compartment drain as you water.
3. Top the sand or gravel with soil. Fill to the top of each compartment.
4. You can now plant your herb plants. Dig a hole with a spoon and insert the root of the plant. Cover it well with soil.
Simply hang the indoor herb garden in a sunny location where it will stay nice and warm. Near a window is perfect. To care for your herb plant, mist it regularly with a spray bottle. You do not want to pour water directly into the compartments. Instead, just keep a mister nearby and squirt every few days at the base of the plant.
As long as your soil stays damp and the plants get sun, your indoor herb garden can grow all season long. How fun will it be to be able to pick herbs right from your own indoor garden?
Give this simple mail sorter upcycle a try and craft your own indoor herb garden. It is a great way to enjoy fresh herbs all year long.