In our recent article about cardboard gardening, we encourage you to use cardboard throughout your garden. One way we did this was with a tissue box, and a pile of buttons. Here’s how:
- Tissue box
- Glue (dries clear like Mod Podge)
- Save that tissue box! We have another use for it. Gather up a few if you want to have a little collection. You can paint the box first. Or just let it be like we did here.
- Apply the glue with your fingertip in sections. Then press the buttons on, one by one. You can create a pattern with the buttons or mix them all up together.
- You might have to do one side at a time and let it dry in between.
- Once you have all sides “buttoned up,” you can fill the box with soil and plant your favorite herb or small plant. Keep it on a windowsill in your house or put it outside in a somewhat protected area.
Remember this is cardboard—don’t expect it to last more than a season or two at the most. But we think it’s a fun, quick and cheap way to create a container without spending a lot of money! Do you have a clever idea for using cardboard in the garden? We want to hear it! Send us your idea and photo using our Submit Your Story form. If we use it in the magazine, we’ll send you $50!
BONUS: Here’s a tip our art director, Sue Myers, came up with. Line your box with a plastic bag. This will help it stay stronger a little longer.