How to build wooden flower pots

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How to build wooden flower pots
A wooden flowerpot (pot de fleur image by Maurice METZGER from

Wooden flowerpots are an attractive option for displaying your potted plants. However, wooden flowerpots that are sold in garden centres can be expensive. Plants are expensive enough without having to pay as much or more for a container. You can make your own wooden flowerpots, and leave the wood natural for a rustic look. Many woods weather, turning shades of brown and silver. Eventually they will have to be replaced, but the natural effect is worth the eventual decay of the wood.

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Things you need

  • 4 cedar boards, 1-by-10-by-10-inch
  • 1-by-11 1/2-by-10-inch cedar board
  • 1 box galvanised finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Potting soil
  • Trowel
  • Potted plants
  • Watering can
  • Water

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    How to Build Wooden Flowerpots

  1. 1

    Place the 1-by-10-by-10-inch cedar boards together on a work surface to form a box. These are the sides of the wooden flowerpot. Nail the sides together using galvanised finish nails and a hammer. Space the nails evenly every 2 inches. Hammer the nails through the edges of one side into the ends of the other side so that the boards on the outside are fastened to the boards on the inside of the box.

  2. 2

    Place the 1-by-11 1/2-by-10-inch cedar board on top of the side assembly. This is the bottom of the box. Nail the bottom of the box to the sides using galvanised finish nails and a hammer. Space the nails evenly every 2 inches. Hammer the nails through the bottom of the box into the ends of the sides.

  3. 3

    Keep the wooden flowerpot upside down. Drill several 1/4-inch holes through the bottom of the pot using a 1/4-inch drill bit and a drill. This will allow water to drain out of the pot. Plants need to have drainage in pots.

  4. 4

    Turn the pot upright. Fill the pot with potting soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root base of the plant you would like to plant using a trowel. Place the plant into the hole. Fill the hole in around the plant, lightly packing the soil around it. Water the plant thoroughly with a watering can full of water. Care for the plant according to the directions provided with the plant.

Tips and warnings

  • Make several pots at different heights. Varied heights will add visual interest to your potted plant displays. Marigolds, petunias and geraniums are all good choices for wooden flowerpots.
  • Wear eye protection when woodworking.

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