How to Make a Self-Watering Planter from a Dresser Drawer

If you have old dresser drawers sitting in storage, it's time to take them out.
If you have old dresser drawers sitting in storage, it’s time to take them out.

We love things that make our life easier, even if it’s as simple as watering plants. Being busy, it’s easy to forget such chores. If you’ve been dealing with dying plants because you forget to water them, here’s a DIY project that will be very useful for you. Plus, it’s an easy build.

When a dresser has outlived its usefulness, you are likely to stow it away in the storage or do away with it altogether. A dresser holds clothes. If it can’t do that anymore, what’s the point in keeping it?

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Well, this self-watering planter is a great way to bring new life to old dresser drawers that you’re no longer using.  You can repurpose them, paint and design them in any way you want. Put them up outside your house and they’ll liven up space.

If you have old dresser drawers that have been sitting in storage for so long, it’s time to take them out. Don’t let the long list of materials intimidate you. This is an easy project with big benefits.

Dresser drawer planters - a simple project with big benefits.
Dresser drawer planters – a simple project with big benefits.


  • Dresser Drawers
  • 1 pc – 2″ diameter PVC Pipe (length equivalent of the total height of all drawers stacked)
  • 3 pcs – 3″ diameter ABS Pipe (1/3 of total height)
  • 2 pcs – Plastic Baskets (something stiff and porous enough to serve as a non-toxic, water-proof, weight-bearing screen)
  • Outdoor Stain & Sealant Combo Wood Finish
  • Wood Glue
  • Wire, String or Cable Ties
  • Landscape Tarp, Opaque Plastic Bag or River Rocks
  • Potting Mix
  • Fertilizer
  • Plants or Seeds
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Old Newspapers (for easy cleanup)


  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Utility Knife
  • Garden Trowel

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