Ammo Flower Bed
KDOI Podcasting goes Green. We take an Ammo crate and turn it into a flower bed.
Idea behind this project, I am not a green thumb, but my Mother loved daisies and my wife loves tulips. What better way to honor both women than by growing your own flower bed and making it out of an ammo crate.
The ammo crate I found was in my shed at the house I bought back in 2014 from a retired Marine. You can buy ammo crates at any Army/Navy store, mine was a gift that the owner didn’t know he was giving. Since my wife is a such a granola crunchy hippie type person I thought it best to repurpose the ammo crate into a flower bed. Plus I love seeing flowers grow in the yard and my wife has a vegetable garden and I built the beds for her garden.
You can personalize this as a gift for a loved one or just use it for herbs, vegetables, decorative plants or dump a gnome in there and call it done.
1 ammo crate, mine was 4′ by 2′ by2′
landscaping paper to line the box
1by3 wood cut into 8 4′ lengths
deck screws 1 1/4″ and 2″
drill and drill bits
paint or stain depending on condition of ammo box
sander and sandpaper various grits
drills with bits needed
other tools needed
Prepare the crate, sand down all rough edges, clean out the crate from any debris, prepare the crate to take stain or paint
cut down your 1×3 sticks to 4 feet tall, they will be your legs
attach your legs using a butt joint and drill pilot holes into the wood and into the crate, then screw in your deck screws, ensure to sink the screws deep enough into the crate, but not where they will stick out into the box
lower leg attachment
drill drainage holes into the bottom and sides of the crate
paint or stain the legs and crate
lay the landscaping paper down inside the box
dig 4 holes for your legs to bury the legs into the ground for stability
cut more 1×3 to stretch between the legs for added stability
place compost and potting soil and fertilizer in the crate
place your plants.
Cost of project
Ammo box depends on how big you go, don’t spend more than 20 bucks here, you can get some a flea markets or garage sales
wood 15.00 always get extra
screws 5.00 get a box for extra around the house
plants, depends on what you want
soil/fertilizer/compost 20.00 again try to get something that covers all three if you can
landscaping paper optional but I’d recommend getting some to protect the plants from the wood and for drainage 10.00
Make sure the bottom of the ammo crate is good otherwise it will fall out with the weight of the soil and water
Make sure to drill pilot holes
Make sure you had your tetanus shot within the last 10 years