DIY Card Catalog Planter


Hello all, hope your weekend was good! We had a beautiful start to fall here. One cozy, rainy Saturday and then one bright and crisp Sunday… Quite the combo. Even though the weather is changing and cooling down, I still enjoy keeping out plants/herbs (both faux and real). As the months draw closer to winter those plants will soon be Christmas trees… Can’t wait! Anyhow, I made these fun DIY Card Catalog Planters and I am showing you how you can make one too.


I love putting a little twist on projects and this one is no different! I have always been a fan of those card catalogs or library catalogs that you see in some of the antique shops. They are much harder to find these days and are pricey too.


When I saw some little wooden boxes at the craft store I thought how fitting they were for holding small plants. As I thought more about it, I decided they would even be better as a set for holding herbs.


Herbs make such a nice compilation when placed together and the smell is delightful. It always puts me in the mood to cook and let’s face it…sometimes I need the extra motivation!

*Please note: Since these are not food safe boxes or materials the herbs are intended as decor only, not for cooking purposes.

Here is what you will need to make one…


  • A craft wooden box (large enough to hold a small potted plant).
  • Card Catalog pulls (I was able to find these at Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint or finish of your choice and paint brush
  • Tools for hardware (pencil and drill). Always practice safety with any tools.
  • Small plant or herb

Here is how you will put this fun little planter together…


  • First, paint or stain your box. I used a chalk paint with a varnish finish.
  • Using a pencil, measure out where you will put the hardware. I kept mine to the upper half.
  • Install the hardware using the necessary tools. This may depend on your hardware, but I used a drill.
  • Write out the names of whatever you are placing in the box…
  • Now place your herb or plant into the box (I left mine in the plastic container for easy removal to water) and you are done!


I had put my set up on our open shelving in the kitchen where you could get a lovely hint of rosemary, mint and sage.


It is always a pleasure to take something simple and make it into something charming. A piece that can add character to your home without costing very much.


This truly is a project embracing the notion of enjoying the simple things. Something I try to be intentional about but easily forget.


I hope this leaves you inspired today and please let me know if you try this out! Don’t forget these could also be used for any sweet arrangement of potted flowers or miniature trees in the winter…


Thanks so much for stopping by!

This “How To Make a Blanket Stand” post was also shared on Craftberry Bush July 5, 2016



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