Hello, Hackers! I’ve been reading for a long time and was finally inspired to hack something.
While waiting in line to pay yesterday, I noticed the FNISS Trash Baskets on display. At 11″ tall and $1.99 each, I thought they’d make perfect tomato planters. This project was so fast that I didn’t get pictures of the step by step, but it’s an easy hack that takes mere minutes and is very low cost. Enjoy!
- FNISS Trash Baskets from IKEA
- Small drill bit (I used something around 9/32″, I think. Size isn’t important as long as it’s fairly small gauge.)
- Drill 4-6 holes in the bottom of the trash basket for drainage.
- Fill with dirt and add your plant.
- Go slow and be careful when you drill the drainage holes, because you can crack the plastic. Drill away from any markings in the plastic, as I noticed it tends to crack more in those areas. (Of the three I did, 1 cracked a little, 1 cracked a lot, and 1 didn’t crack at all. The one that cracked a lot got some duct tape on both the inside and outside over the largest crack and seems to be holding up just fine.)
- To add more drainage and save on filler, you can add small rocks to the bottom before adding soil.
- The FNISS trash baskets I purchased in-store are clear. I noticed online they are only pictured in white and black, apologies for any confusion that might cause.