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Nothing makes a home feel complete like the presence of some fresh live flowers. Flower pots can be messy, and store-bought planters can be expensive. Who says we can’t create our own warm and colourful planter from scratch? All you need are a couple of construction materials, and you’ll have the perfect quirky yet minimalist addition to your plant storage – ideal for either indoor or outdoors!
- 3 pieces of wood, 2.5 cm x 15 cm
- 2 pieces of wood, 10 cm x 2 cm
- Wood sander
- confectioners sugar, (optional)
- Teal latex paint
- white latex paint
- Small paint roller
- Plastic paint pan
- Plastic tarp
- 4 aluminum square pipes, 91.5 cm long
- carpenter square
- 5 cm machine screws and bolts
- Heavy-duty plastic drop cloth
- Staple gun
- confectioners sugar
- safety goggles
- Safety mask
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STEP 3: Begin to assemble your wood to form a box – drill three 2.5 cm screws to fasten it. If your screws end up sunken, add some wood filler to smooth it out. Let dry for 15 minutes. Also, feel free to paint the interior of the boards as well with a primer of your choice to add a cleaner looking style to the planter before you attach everything together.
STEP 5: Take your carpenter square and measure 10 cm in from the edge on the top part of your box – use a pencil to mark. Place your aluminum pipe in that spot, letting it stick out 2.5 cm over the front of the box. Measure 2.5 cm in from the back edge of the box, and drill a hole in the pipe (make sure you’re using a wood and metal drill bit – we want the hole to go through the pipe and the wood of the box). Repeat on the other sides of the box with the other 3 pipes.
STEP 6: Line your box with a heavy-duty plastic drop cloth cut to size. Use a staple gun to staple the plastic cloth in place – this will prevent the wood from rotting when you water your plants. Trim the extra plastic off.