Caterpillar Crate Planter

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Caterpillar Wood Crate Planter


  1. Wooden Crates
  2. Wood discs
  3. Clay pot Base (one large base and 2 small bases)
  4. Lime green, hot pink, and bright orange spray paint (outdoor/ weather rated)
  5. White and black paint (outdoor/ weather rated)
  6. Strong adhesive (I used Gorilla Gel Super Glue HERE)
  7. Wire
  8. Flowers


  1. Start off by spaying your wood crates lime green
  2. Spray your small wood discs bright orange and pink
  3. Paint your small clay pots white and add black centers
  4. Once everything is dry you can begin assembling
  5. Using a strong adhesive, glue wood discs randomly to the crates
  6. next glue your eyes (smaller clay pots) to your large clay pot (be sure to check placement, I placed mine to high the first time around and it looked like a frog so be sure to place lower down on your large clay pot).
  7. Cut 2 pieces of wire to desired length and glue to the back of your large clay pot, bend into antennas (note: I wrapped some bright green chenille stems around mine to stand out more)
  8. Glue the large clay pot to the front of one of your crates
  9. Lastly fill with flowers, I used pre-potted flower so they could easily be changed out and not rot the crates.

Note: if you want to plant the plants directly in the crates be sure to line the crates and put holes in the lining for drainage. Elavating the crates will also help keep them from rotting overtime ( place something under each corner of them to lift off the ground)


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  1. Cheryl

    This is so cute! What size crates did you use? thank you

    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, thank you so much! I used a 12×18 size 🙂

  2. May

    Hi I love this but would like to know where can I get the crates from to make it plz

    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Most craft stores carry them, I also found some at my local Walmart, Lowes and Home Depot 🙂

  3. Kayla Deppa

    What size wooden discs did you use on this project? I am so excited to make this with my son for our front yard once our snow is gone.

    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, I used several different sizes ranging from about 4″- 9″

  4. Diane

    I love this. Do you have any mor crafts to share?

  5. Dawn D.


  6. Jan Rupp

    I am ,making this. It is super cute but very much a pain. I choose to paint the circles and took a lot paint to do it. I also am having trouble with the spray paint. The face is like crumbly, I can rub off paint. The crates it is hard to the effect I want. I will say I am not to good at spray painting. Should there be a prep coat first. I am in to far now to give up and to costly. It is not as simple as it looks. It will be cute when I get done,

  7. Jan Rupp

    What type of wire did you use?

  8. Jan Rupp

    I have already left a message and it is gone.

  9. Jan Rupp

    I guess it is not gone, but unanswered?

  10. Richard

    How much is this worth

  11. Kimberly Ellis

    How do you attach the (face) large planter base to the crate? I didnt see that part in the video.

    Thanks! Really cute idea!

    1. Sheena (Post author)

      Hi there, I used an outdoor rated super glue, I believe it was a Gorilla Glue brand- just add some to the back of your face plate and attach it to your crate 🙂


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