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How to: Make a DIY Modern Planter Box for Under $40

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Modern Flower Box

It's that time of year again! The season to start thinking about our outdoor gardens and spaces! When we first moved into our home three years ago, the outdoor living space was...decent. But it wasn't quite our taste, and that made it a bit challenging to get over what we inherited and visualize an outdoor space that was meaningful to us.

But this year, we decided to take our first baby steps towards a more modern and clean outdoor space...

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10 Beautiful & Creative DIY Planter Projects

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous DIY Planters
Photo: paulsvera

Now that summer is in full swing, I can't stop thinking about plants... and my indoor garden needs a bit of sprucing up. So I did a little Pinterest searching, and came up with tons of great DIY ideas to add some character to my succulents, cacti and other greenery. And today I'm sharing them with you. Find out how to dress up your plant babies with these ten gorgeous DIY planter ideas.   

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Make This: Hanging Fabric Planter

by M.E. Gray

DIY hanging fabric planter to organize your indoor greenery

I was recently reading an article on how millennials are especially attracted to houseplants as it gives them something to care for since they can't really afford to care for anything else (the article is here if you're interested). As a millennial, you can count me in as slightly offended but also totally in agreement. My home is slowly being filled with all things leafy and green - I just can't help myself. With all these plants comes the need for somewhere to put them, so let's take to the walls with this DIY hanging fabric planter.         

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DIY Contemporary Planter Box

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Have you ever tried to buy a contemporary planter box for your patio or porch? If you have, you probably know that it's difficult to find an attractive one at a reasonable price. So of course, I decided to make one out of wood and a piece of metal radiator cover for a geometric touch. Click through to check out the whole project!   

 

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's a nice mix of plain and decorative, with just a touch of that geometric pattern on the front. So let's get started!

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Here's what you'll need for your planter box:

 

  • Wood (see cut list below)
  • Radiator cover (1 foot square will be enough)
  • Drill with 1/2 inch bit (not pictured)
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • Tin snips
  • Sand paper
  • 1/2 inch nails
  • Tape measure
  • Gray spray paint

Cut list:

 

  • (1) 10 x 10 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick wood
  • (2) 10 x 10 inch pieces of 1/4 inch thick wood
  • (1) 10 x 10 1/2 piece of 1/4 inch thick wood
  • (4) 13 inch tall pieces of 1 1/8 inch corner moulding
  • (2) 11 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding
  • (2) 9 3/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding
  • (4) 8 7/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding
  • (4) 8 5/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding
DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by cutting all of your wood to the proper size, according to the cut list above. The 10 x 10 inch piece of 1/2 inch thick wood will act as the base for your planter, and everything will be attached to that. So begin by attaching one of the 10 x 10 inch pieces of 1/4 inch thick wood to the 10 x 10 inch piece with a small nail. Secure it by adding another nail in each corner. 

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Attach the other 10 x 10 inch piece of 1/4 inch thick wood to the opposite side of the 10 x 10 inch piece so together they create a U shape, and then attach the 10 x 10 1/2 piece of 1/4 inch thick wood to the backs of those pieces as shown above (the 1/2 inch thick base piece is closest to me in the photo, not visible).

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Flip it upside down and create a few drainage holes in the base using a 1/2 drill bit (or similar).

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, cut a piece of radiator cover that is 10 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches using a pair of tin snips.

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Glue it to the edges of the base and two side pieces (opposite the 10 x 10 1/2 piece of 1/4 inch thick wood).

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Let it dry and then glue the corner moulding pieces onto the corners as shown above, allowing the excess to be on the bottom. These will be the legs.

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Once the corner moulding pieces are dry, flip the piece right side up and glue the rest of the moulding pieces into their proper places. The 11 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding and 9 3/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding go on the top, shown above.

The 8 7/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding pieces go at the top and bottom of the radiator cover side as well as the top and bottom of the opposite side. And the 8 5/8 x 3/4 inch of 1/4 inch thick moulding pieces go on the remaining sides.

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Sand down any rough edges once all the glue has dried, and use a bit of spackle if there are any gaps where there shouldn't be. Spray paint the entire piece in your desired color (I used gray to match the siding on our house), doing two to three thin coats. 

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

And you're finished. It's surprisingly easy, actually!

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's a lovely accent piece for your porch or patio, and can be customized by using a different paint color or a different radiator cover pattern on the front.

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

My dog Charlie even seems to approve of it!

DIY Contemporary Planter Box
Share this project on Pinterest! [Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

 

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IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

I'm a plant lover through and through. Plants add visual interest to a space, and they clean the air too. So when I saw the Fryken baskets at IKEA, I knew I had to turn them into a hanging planter set. Not only does it look cool, but it also keeps the plants away from the curious nose of my mischievous dog. So read on find out how you can make your own hanging planter basket set.   

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

The final product is a nice combination of rustic and contemporary, with the bright colored cord paired with the natural sea grass. And it's surprisingly easy to make! Let's get started.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your planter:

 

  • IKEA Fryken basket set
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • 10' of parachute cord
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4" piece of thin wire (not pictured)
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by painting the bottom of each basket. I mixed up a dark turquoise color, and painted on an angle so that the color would be visible from the side when the baskets were hanging.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's a look at the side of the basket. Feel free to use a piece of painters tape to help create a straight line. Let the baskets dry thoroughly.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to connect the baskets using parachute cord. You can buy the cord on Amazon or at most craft stores (I bought mine at Michaels). You most likely won't be able to thread your cord through the embroidery needle, so you'll need to fashion a little loop out of wire. To do this, thread the wire through the needle, create a 1 inch opening and then twist the ends together as shown above.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Cut 6 pieces of parachute cord that are 12 inches long each. Thread one piece of cord through your wire loop and push the needle through the top of the largest basket, as shown above. If you have trouble getting the cord through, pull everything back out and use a flat head screwdriver to gently wiggle a small hole in that spot and then try threading it through again.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Once it comes through, pull one end all the way through and tie a knot at the end. Then pull the outside end back out so the knot is positioned on the inside of the basket. Do this for three of the pieces of cord, evenly spacing them around the top of the basket.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, use the same process to pull the top of one of the cords through the bottom of the medium sized basket. Tie a knot at the top of that cord. Do the same for the other two cords. 

Now repeat the exact same process for the medium basket and attach it to the smallest basket. Adjust the knots slightly if the baskets aren't sitting flat.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Then cut three pieces of cord that are 15 inches long each, and attach those to the top of the smallest basket. Knot the three pieces together at the top as shown above, and hang it from a hook. Your planter set is finished!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You'll want to use plants that are already in plastic containers so you can take them out to water them... if the sea grass baskets get wet repeatedly, they may start to get a bit moldy. For the bottom basket, I used cuttings from another Pothos plant and put them in a plastic container that I found in my recycling bin. I did the same for the Jade plant in the middle, and the top one is an air plant - so no soil needed!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You can customize these to your liking, using colors that match your decor - or you might even consider using different colors for each section if you like a multi-color look.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You could fill the entire thing with air plants, for a lower maintenance option. Just don't forget to water them like I did last time! Spritz them thoroughly in the sink every week or two to keep them looking good.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

If you try this project, feel free to share a link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
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Make It: DIY Hanging Mason Jar Planters

by Capree K

Make It: DIY Hanging Mason Jar Planters

Just when I thought I'd seen every possible mason jar craft, I stumbled across this sweet and simple idea!      

Armed with some twine, Karla from Oh So Very Pretty turned ordinary mason jars into mini planters that are perfect for air plants -- or even for holding small office supplies, bathroom toiletries, etc. Check out her tutorial right here!

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