How To Make A Mobile Garden Box

August 4, 2016 | By | Comments (0)

Mobile Garden Box

Here at Southern Living, we love a good DIY. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Craft Box Girls – led by craft guru and author Lynn Lilly – are creating fun, easy-to-make projects to spice up your entertaining, wedding planning, or holiday gifting. Check back every other Thursday for some DIY inspiration.

In the South, we’re not all blessed with a huge yard or deck to cultivate a garden. I have a pretty large deck but a very small yard, which leaves little room to grow my garden. So, to address this issue, I created a garden on wheels. It adds color to my deck, but I also have the freedom to move it around when I need to rearrange my outdoor space for entertaining!


The Project: Mobile Garden Box


  • 2 large crates
  • 4 dowels measuring 1 inch x 24 inches
  • 3-4 bottles of indoor/outdoor spray paint
  • (16) 1-inch screws
  • (8) 4-inch screws
  • power drill
  • gloves
  • 4 wheels


  1. Cover a flat surface outdoors or in a well-ventilated room. Lay the crates and dowels about one foot part on the covered surface.
  2. Apply 3-4 coats of spray paint to the dowels and the crates. Let the final coat dry for 1-2 hours.
  3. Flip one crate over so the bottom is facing up. Using the drill and 1-inch screws, secure the wheels in the middle of each side. Do not attach the wheels in the corners because you will be drilling the legs into the corners. DSC_0578
  4. Next, place the crate on its side. Place each dowel inside the corner of the crate and drill a 4-inch screw from the outside of the bottom through the crate and into the base of the dowel. This step is a lot easier if you have a friend to help.  DSC_0582
  5. Take the second crate and set it on top of the dowels that are now attached to the inside of the bottom crate. Using 4-inch screws and the drill, drill the screws from the inside of the crate into the base of the dowels connecting the top crate to the top of dowels.
  6. Add your favorite annuals or herbs to your new mobile garden box.

Fun Add-On: I made a small rag banner and treated it with Scotchguard to add a little festive color.

Mobile Garden Box


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