Wood and Copper DIY Planter

October 3, 2014

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Hello Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body readers! I'm Leigh Anne and I blog over at Houseologie. I'm super excited to be here blogging at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body today. I'm going to be sharing a fun & easy Copper and Wood DIY planter box with all of you.

Wood and Copper Planter 6

DIY Planter Materials:

I wanted a planter for my Fall Mums but I didn't want to spend a lot on it. I also didn't want the boring planters I kept seeing in the stores. As is my usual process, I started riffling through all of my junk, ahem, I mean important and organized things. I wound up with some Cedar wood shims I had leftover from my Fall Sunburst Wreath, a cast off Amazon box and 4 copper pipe holders leftover from my Double-tiered Wood Slice Serving Platter.

Wood and Copper Planter tutorial

DIY Planter Tutorial:

First, I tucked the flaps inside the box to make it a little sturdier then I laid a few shims along one side of the box to see how long I needed them. I marked them with a pencil then trimmed the thin side of the shim with a pair of kitchen shears. Don't laugh, they worked like a charm!

Once I had all of the shims trimmed down to size I added a little E6000 to the backs and stuck them on the box, alternating then end to thick end to add some interest. Once that dried for a few minutes I flipped the box so that I could see the inside and used my stapler to really make the shims stay in place. Repeat this process all around the box.

Wood and Copper Planter 3After stapling the shims in place I lined the box with a thick black trash bag. I knew I wanted to protect the cardboard from water damage but I also had no intention of planting directly into the box. I'll talk more about that soon.

Wood and Copper Planter 2Once the box was all lined I flipped it over and glued the copper “hairpin legs” on. Seriously, these little copper pipe holders look just like hair pin legs and I've thought of 100 projects to use them on! I hot glued the copper legs on but then I also stapled them in place. They aren't going anywhere :-)

Wood and Copper Planter 5Wood and Copper Planter 1I bought a big 12″ Mum from Aldi's for $7.99! SCORE! Instead of planting it in the box I just sat the whole thing, pot and all, inside the box. It's pretty lightweight so the planter can handle it.

Wood and Copper PlanterI love how this planter turned out, I'm definitely going to be making a second one as soon as I get a box that is the same size! And you can't beat free for the whole thing, other than the Mum I bought. I added the planter to my Fall front porch which you can see more of on my blog!

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  1. This is so fabulous, Leigh Anne.. Who would have thought that a box could be so beautiful. Wood shims are the bomb. Awesome job!

  2. How cool! I never would have thought the base of the project was a cardboard box! Great idea!

  3. Leslie says:

    That’s cool. I like the way it looks, it’s different but still nice. You did a great job.

  4. Love this, Leigh Anne, especially those hairpin legs! Great job :)

  5. Kristi says:

    This is SUCH a cool project Leigh Anne!!! I love the look of the wood shims and those copper legs are awesome!!! BRILLIANT!

  6. Breanna says:

    I love pretty much anything copper and this is no exception! It turned out great and looks awesome on your front porch! :)

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