A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

By: Alexandrahedin Apr 06, 2012

created at: 04/03/2012

Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

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All week I have shown you how to host the perfect little soiree outdoors.  But what if your outdoors is a little lacking?  Our new house has a few problem spots - and, like most problem spots, the major one seems to be right where we want to sit.  

created at: 04/03/2012

In lieu of real clay pots (wrong look) or stunning metal containers (expensive) I created a solution that fits our more modern aesthetic and was ridiculously cheap.  

You'll need
  • 2 foot length of 6 inch wide PVC pipe
  • 12 inch length of rebar
  • potting soil
  • assorted grasses or ferns
Step 1 :: Place the lengths of PVC pipe on the ground where they will eventually go.  Measure carefully and mark the spot by pressing the pipe into the ground to leave an indentation.  
 
Step 2 :: Set PVC pipe aside and drive rebar into the ground 6 inches deep - centered on the indentation left by the pipe.  
 
Step 3:: Place pipe over rebar making sure you are still lined up with the indentation left by measuring again.
 
Step 4 :: Fill pipe with potting soil leaving about 6 inches at the top.  
 
Step 5 :: Remove plant from it's plastic container and place in the top of the pipe.  Fill around the plant with dirt to ensure a snug fit.  Water well.
 

created at: 04/03/2012

 I hope you've had as much fun as I have this week!  And I hope you'll go outside and entertain.  Have a great spring!

Alexandra Hedin is a Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert based in the Pacific Northwest. In Winter of 2010, Alexandra's debut book was released. Entertaining at Home features ten complete parties including menus, simple recipes, crafts and helpful tips for hosting your own event. Alexandra grew up in the bustling kitchen of a home economics teacher helping to feed a large extended family for holidays and regular weekends together. She still spends her free time cooking in her Seattle kitchen for her husband and three young children.

Learn more at alexandrahedin.com

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This is a really cute idea. A possible additional tip- if you drill a couple holes in the sides of those pipes you could utilize all the soil and create layers by adding strawberries or ivy.

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