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Sake-Box Planters




  • Wooden sake boxes
  • Drill
  • Vermiculite
  • Chopstick
  • Heavy-duty plastic wrap
  • Rubber Band
  • 18-gauge copper wire


  1. Step 1

    Drill four drainage holes in the bottom of each box.

  2. Step 2

    For scented geraniums, like the ones pictured here, cut actively growing shoots with at least three leaves from healthy plants.

  3. Step 3

    Fill the sake boxes with vermiculite; water until moistened.

  4. Step 4

    Use a chopstick to make a hole in the vermiculite, and insert a cutting.

  5. Step 5

    Settle the vermiculite around the cutting, covering at least one leaf node, and rewater.

  6. Step 6

    Heavy-duty plastic wrap, supported by 18-gauge copper wire, retains humidity. Insert one end of a 9-inch-long piece of copper wire into the vermiculite in one corner of the box; bend the wire diagonally across the top of the box, and insert the other end in the opposite corner.

  7. Step 7

    Do the same with a second piece of wire, crossing the first, as shown.

  8. Step 8

    Hold the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band.

  9. Step 9

    Create a name card for the cutting with care instructions inside, and tuck it into the rubber band.

Martha Stewart Living, May 1999



Reviews (34)

  • swissflorist 27 Oct, 2011

    Very nice

  • mroselee 10 Dec, 2010

    You can find sake boxes on (2 boxes for $7.95)

  • acalnan 4 Nov, 2010

    Where can I find sake boxes?

  • BillieJoyce 25 Aug, 2008

    Hi Golf Princess,
    I have looked and cannot find Martha's newspaper boxes. Can you point me to the place to find out how to make these?

  • GolfPrincess 11 May, 2008

    Use Martha's newspaper boxes for seedlings. They are about 2"x2"x@' The newspaper is biodegradable so the plant can be transplanted directly in the ground. Instead of the wire, use toothpicks or chopsticks. Gift them with a few flower seeds already sown in the soil with a cute tag describing the flower and growing tips. I gift flowers that are native to the recipient's area and those that feed butterflies or hummingbirds.

  • diannemoores 10 May, 2008

    What a great gift for the kids to give to their teachers at the end of school year. I love it.

  • joymiller 7 May, 2008

    where in the world do you find a sake box?

  • kanijl 7 May, 2008

    This is a great gift idea, thank you for sharing the link and yes, instructions would be nice.
    If you are interested in creating your very own story book, cards, calendars, posters with new and exciting products coming on May 13th, contact me: ---save your precious memories for generations to come. (A book is a gift you can open again and again.)

  • Denise454 6 May, 2008

    The boxes are for sale at $3.95 at this link:

  • pelli78500 6 May, 2008

    That would be great, I'm ready to make a planter but never having 'constructed' a box, I'm wondering how to accomplish it! Making a box is so simple, I think no one thinks to give instructions!

  • alteredchaos 6 May, 2008

    where can the boxes be purchased? i'm in greenville, sc right now...

  • karxoxoxo 6 May, 2008

    Please show us how to make outdoor planters! We recently added a wide riverstone path to our backyard that sits in full sun. Please show us how to create a large, shallow bowl planter to hold succullents. I've seen them in catalogs made of terrazzo, resin or terra cotta but they are quite pricey. We live in the deep south so need planters that are very weatherproof for high heat and humidity. Thanks!

  • AXADEW 6 May, 2008

    where do you purchase the saki cups??

  • baking_pan 6 May, 2008

    If you are on the west coast look for a store named Daiso - most Japanese items are under $2.00. Great fun stuff! Better than the dollar store!

  • dgraham51 6 May, 2008

    Sake Box Planters

  • vbaragiola 6 May, 2008

    Look online. A quick search showed that Amazon has them, also, and many other sites. They are called "masu", also search under "wooden sake cup". They drink out of them. At first I thought the boxes was for bottles of sake, but they are actually small, perfect for seelings.

  • FotoCarol 6 May, 2008

    Yes, where do you get the saki boxes...At a Japanese restaurant?

  • adams1949 6 May, 2008

    where do you get the little sake boxes?

  • jenniferabney 6 May, 2008

    This is a wonderful idea for classrooms as well. Teaching children about gardening is a favorite hobby of mine. You can also paint one side in chalkboard paint and label the plant. Kids love that. Also, Holes can be drilled at each corner, and the wire can be bent under box to make a handle.

  • gma_evelyn_8 6 May, 2008

    I live in a small country town in KS. Where do you find these boxes? I have inquired several places and the result: No one has any knowledge of where to find them. Can you help??

  • cdroeger 6 May, 2008

    I agree - stop the pop ups. I don't purchase a product that intrudes! The ads on the side are fine-that's where they belong.

  • jendutten 6 May, 2008

    These are really sweet! They'd also look lovely with African violets in them! I'm a jeweler by trade, and get a lot of my copper from Santa Fe Jeweler's Supply

  • rushell 6 May, 2008

    you can buy sake boxes here:

  • charliegirl20 6 May, 2008

    These are adorable! Now I need to find a reason to go out and find some sake so I can have the box!!

  • KMoe 6 May, 2008

    I found this Web site:

  • KMoe 6 May, 2008

    These are very cool. Does anyone know of a Web site where you can purchase the sake boxes.

  • lbuser 6 May, 2008

    You would think, ditdit, but, like I said, the only heavy gauge wire I have been able to find at the hardware store is covered wire used in electrical wiring. I will have to try a floral shop. I found some of these little boxes at They are about 3 inches square and are used for drinking sake.

  • mail4deb 6 May, 2008

    Ditto - where do we find sake boxes?

  • ditdit 6 May, 2008

    the wire can be found at hardware stores or floral shops

  • lbuser 6 May, 2008

    I have been trying to find 18 gauge wire on a spool, like the one shown, and I haven't been able to find it. Can anyone help? Martha has used it in several of her crafts and all I can find is very short lengths in the jewelery crafts isle at the craft store. Otherwise, all I can find is the type of wire that is covered with plastic.

  • rosemarybroussard 6 May, 2008

    I would like to know where to get these too.

  • SpinQueen13 6 May, 2008

    I live in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Where would I find sake boxes like these?

  • azieaznam 6 May, 2008

    Oh dear Martha, its really a great great idea..u can recycle them and it looks beautiful!

  • mcdonade 23 Apr, 2008

    These look great but where would I purchase them?