DIY Succulent Planters || how to make

This episode shows how to make modern DIY succulent planter boxes using simple woodworking skills.
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This set of wooden planter boxes is a fairly easy woodworking project that you can make in a single day. These geometric succulent planters are also something you could batch out to sell at a craft fair. Each set of planters is made from a single 3×3 wood turning block (make sure to get one at least 12”-14” long). The planter liners are inexpensive steel condiment / sauce cups you can get on Amazon (link below). Alternatively, you can 3D print planter liners if you have a 3D printer (email me for the .STL file).
The design of the geometric planters focuses on the continuous grain through all three planters, which is the result of cutting all the planters from a single piece of wood (I used maple and walnut). I painted the ends with spray paint, which really highlights the faceted geometric shapes of the planters.


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ORIGINAL PLANTER DESIGN – Revolution Design House

o Steel Condiment Containers:
o Sanding Pads:
o Plutonium Paint:
o 3”x3” Wood Turning Blocks:
o Paste Finishing Wax:
o Simple Finish: or
o Painter’s Tape:

\ TOOLS //
o Kreg Miter Sled:
o 2 3/8” Forstner Bit:
o SawStop Table Saw:
o Electro-Blue Table Saw Blade (my favorite!):
o Hikoki/Metabo HPT Cordless Miter Saw:
o Fine finish miter saw blade:

\ 3D Printer //
o My 3D Printer – quality & affordable! :
o White Filament:

Thanks to Hikoki / Metabo HPT for supporting Modustrial Maker.

Thanks also to Plutonium Paints for providing the spray paint:

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DIY Succulent Planters || how to make

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  • MrSneak190

    Surprised I missed this one! Thanks for the heads up, my girlfriend would love these. Shes obsessed with succulents and these are very nice planters. Did you make these for your girl this time around too?? Haha!

  • Craig Chingren-Hamann

    This is a GREAT small project for gifts. Totally gonna make these. I think it would look cool with some metallic paints.

  • Ben Ryherd

    Just FYI 3D printed parts usually aren't water tight, especially in PLA. I'd recommend a post process of either spraying them with several thick coats of a waterproof finish, or dipping them/get a thin layer of epoxy around at least the inside edge.

  • Maksim NMR

    cool project! but in terms of safety, please do not connect the battery before changing the saw blade, do it after 🙂

  • Krista Marie

    The planters are great and all, but the real question is, where do I get a cute "cat wrap" like the one you're wearing at the end of the video? Lol.

    (My older cat Nibbles used to sit around my husband's neck like that when she was a kitten (she's an orange tabby too) my little runt black kitty, Inky, nope you couldn't pay her in lbs. of cat treats to sit on his shoulders, lol!) But I do really like how the planters came out, one suggestion though, especially with succulents, you might want to drill a hole all the way through the wood that's smaller than the hole you drilled at top so the cup can still sit flush with the top of the planter, then drill a few small holes in the metal cup inside the diameter of the hole drilled through the wood & coat only the hole in a waterproof varnish so water can drain but not be absorbed by the wood. 🙂

  • Paul Therien

    Hey Mike! Very nice – thanks for showing us the how to on them!

    Watching you do these creative projects has inspired me. I live in a small apartment in Vancouver Canada and did a built in bar on my balcony, and am in the midst of doing a built in work area that gives me access to storage from the balcony as well. Thanks for the inspiration to get creative and build instead of always buying!

  • Stone Wilson

    I've heard that having succulents in a container without a way for the extra water to drain from the bottom can cause mold and or the plant to die. Would it be possible to drill a couple holes at the bottom of the steel cups and then a few holes through the bottom of the wood portion to allow for drainage?

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