DIY Mini Planters
Hi everyone! This is Lindi, visiting again from Love Create Celebrate. I’m really excited to show you how to make your own mini planters. Tis the season for filling up our homes with garden plants (or faux plants if you lack a green thumb!) With only a few tools and a couple hours you can make your own simple DIY Mini Planters.
I LOVE these planters! They are the perfect mix of chic and rustic. I actually made them from maple, although any wood will work. The wood from this project came from an old pallet! Most pallets in Canada are made with cheap pine, but we lucked out. Lesson learned: always check your pallets! Now let’s get busy and make a few DIY Mini Planters.
- 1″ x 6″ x 4′ board
- 4″ x 4″ ¼” plywood piece (per planter)
- Wood glue
- Wood stain of your choice
- Styrofoam square (optional)
- Faux florals (optional)
- Speed square
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
- Table saw or router table
- Nail gun
Use your miter saw to cut your 1″ x 6″ board into four 54 3/4″ long pieces. Then use the table saw to cut all four of those pieces to 3.5″ wide (these will be your sides.) Cut your plywood into a 4″ by 4″ square.
Use your speed square to mark a 45º angle on both edges of your 4 side boards. Cut along those marks with your miter saw. You will have four boards measuring 4 3/4″ x 3.5″ on the outside edge, with 45º cuts on both sides.
Next use your table saw or router table to make a 1/4″ groove about 1/4″ inch above the bottom of your 4 3/4″ x 3.5″ boards.
When all of your pieces are cut and grooved, it’s time to assemble them.
Put wood glue on the edges of the first piece, fit the two edges of either side of it and use your nail gun to attach these three sides.
When three sides are attached, slide your plywood into the groove you created. Add more wood glue and nail the last piece in place.
Once the glue is dry, give the planter a quick sand and stain it whatever color you would choose. Add a styrofoam block with some faux florals! If you want to add real plants, line the planter with plastic and add soil and plants.
I LOVE these planters!
I made them in no time at all and they look amazing in my living room!
If you like planters, you’re in luck! I’m sharing these Triangle Planters from Pallets over at Love Create Celebrate!
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Nice little project, Lindi! Great use for scrap wood, too. I can’t stand to let any little scraps go to waste.
Thanks girl! Can you believe this nice wood came from a planter?!
What stain did you use? Love the color.
Me too! Isn’t that colour the best?! I used Grey by Minwax. You can see the can in another contributor project I did on this site: https://prettyhandygirl.com/rustic-home-sign/
Hope that helps!
I love your site, and so happy I founded it, because everything you do is drop death gorgeous. Thank you!
Aww! Thank you SO much! I’m so glad you’ll be following along!
It would be a lot smarter and safer to cut the 1 x 6 board to 3.5 inches before you cut them 5″ long. There is less risk cutting a longer piece of board on a table saw then trying to cut very short pieces on your table saw. Also, I don’t understand the importance of the first picture in the instructions. It shows a measurement that doesn’t coincide with the measurements of the box.
Yes, you can absolutely do it both ways. Cutting 5″ on the table saw will give you a bit more room. Cutting at 3.5″ on the table saw is just the way I chose to do it while I was building/designing them. That picture corresponds to the size of the box, I fixed the number that was wrong, thanks for pointing that out!