How to make a wooden wheelbarrow planter

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How to make a wooden wheelbarrow planter
Wooden wheelbarrows can become planters. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A wooden wheelbarrow planter makes a great addition to any front yard or flower garden. Instead of spending a load of money to buy one, gather a few pieces of wood and materials you already have around your garage to make your own.

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Things you need

  • Two 75 cm (30 inch) long 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 inch) or 5 x5 cm (2 x 2 inch) boards
  • Two 40 cm (16 inch) 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards
  • Two 45 cm (18 inch) 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards
  • One 40 x 45 cm (16 x 18 inch) board
  • Wood drill bit
  • Saw
  • Long galvanized bolt and nut
  • Galvanized screws
  • Sander or grinder
  • Paint or stain
  • Sealant

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  1. 1

    Use two pieces of wood measuring about 2.5 or 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) in diameter and about 75 cm (30 inches) or more long as the handles. They can be square, rectangle or round.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole 5 cm (2 inches) from the bottom of each handle with a wood drill bit. The holes should be slightly larger than your galvanized bolt.

  3. 3

    Cut a round wood piece about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter out of the thickest piece of wood. Make the wheel the any desired size.

  4. 4

    Bore a hole through the centre of the wheel with a large wood drill bit just a little bigger than the designed bolt.

  5. 5

    Attach the handles, one on each side, to the wheel with the bolt and a nut. Make the handles flush with the wheel and protrude out in a "V" shape.

  6. 6

    Measure and cut a board about 40 x 45 cm (16 x 18 inch) for the base of the wheelbarrow. Lay the base on top the wheel-arm piece, and attach it with screws.

  7. 7

    Cut two 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards to 40 cm (16 inches), and two more to 45 cm (18 inches). Bevel the edges of the boards with a grinder and sander, and attach the boards to the outer edges of the wheelbarrow base with screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Stain, paint and seal your wheelbarrow any colors you choose. If the wheelbarrow is going to be outside, you need to seal it with a weatherproof coating.
  • If you don't have a very thick board for a wheel, cut two wheels and glue them together with wood glue before boring the hole in the middle.

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