Step by step: These unusual DIY flower pots are made out of logs.
Difficulty: medium | Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Bring the great outdoors into the comfort of your living room! Logs made from felled trees aren’t just good for firewood: you can also use them to make DIY flower pots. Take a look at our step-by-step guide for instructions. We’ve also listed all the tools you need.
To create your DIY plant pots, you’ll need:
Forstner bit: 50 mm
Plunge cut saw blade for wood for the multi-function tool
Or: scraper attachment for the multi-function tool
Sanding sheets for multi-sander (120 grit)
Paint spray system
Cordless vacuum cleaner
Pencil or marker pen
Workbench to secure the log against
optional: masking tape for taping off certain areas
Logs of various sizes: 30–50 cm x 20–30 cm (H x D)
Clear or matt varnish for wood
Paint in a colour of your choice
Cling film for the inner lining
Drainage material, such as expanded clay
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Mark out the dimensions for the DIY plant pots
You’ll need: folding ruler, pencil or marker pen, logs
It’s easiest to get your logs cut by a carpenter or a timber merchant in your area. Or if you’re going to buy your logs at a hardware store, you should also be able to get your wood cut there. It’s best to choose logs with different lengths for more variety. Alternatively, you can cut them yourself using a chain saw. If you want to use wood from a tree that has only been felled recently, leave it indoors for a few days to let it dry out sufficiently. Otherwise signs of mould may start to appear on the surface of your DIY plant pot.
Step 2: Hollow out the log to make an opening for the flower tub
Create an opening for the DIY flower pot.
A log with three large boreholes is hollowed out further using a mortice chisel and a mallet.
A mortice chisel and a mallet will help you to hollow out the opening some more.
You’ll need: impact drill, Forstner bit (50 mm), cordless vacuum cleaner, mortice chisel, mallet, workbench, safety goggles
To make a DIY flower pot out of the log, hollow out roughly half of it. The easiest way to do this is to use a large Forstner bit to bore several holes in the log, then hollow out the bits in between to create one big hole. To do this, place the mortice chisel against the wood and tap the end with the mallet to chip away at the inside of the log. You can remove the wood shavings afterwards using a cordless vacuum cleaner.
The bark is removed from the lower part of a log using a multi-function tool and an attachment designed to be used on wood.
Step 3: Remove the bark at the bottom of the log
You’ll need: multi-function tool, plunge cut saw blade (for wood) for the multi-function tool, work gloves, safety goggles
Now the hollowed-out log is starting to look more like a DIY flower pot. Make the outside of the log look nicer by using a multi-function tool and a suitable saw or scraper attachment to remove the bark from the bottom part. When doing so, secure the log against a workbench to ensure that it doesn’t slip.
Step 4: Sand down the bottom part of the log
A log is secured against a workbench. The smooth area where the bark has been removed is sanded down using a multi-sander.
Sand down the log thoroughly where you have removed the bark.
You’ll need: multi-sander, sanding sheets for multi-sander (120 grit), work gloves
Once you’ve removed the bark, sand down the wood thoroughly using a multi-sander and 120-grit sanding paper. This will help you get rid of the last bits of bark and remove any splinters.
Step 5: Varnish your DIY plant pots
Apply a coat of varnish or paint to your DIY plant pot to finish it off.
You’ll need: paint spray system, clear or matt varnish, paint in the colour of your choice, work gloves, face mask, ear defenders, safety goggles, protective sheet, cling film, optional: masking tape for taping off certain areas
Now it’s time for the final step. Coat your flower pots in clear or matt varnish to protect the wood. To add a dash of colour, you can also paint the area where you have removed the bark.
It’s best to lay a protective sheet on the ground and tape over the parts of the log which you don’t want to paint or varnish beforehand. Once you’ve put on your safety gear, fill the paint spray system with varnish or paint and apply an even coat to the log.
Let it dry thoroughly and then line the inside of the flower pot before adding the first plants. To protect the wood from getting damp, it’s best to use cling film or pond liner, as shown in our Build a privacy screen project. And to avoid a build-up of damp in your DIY plant pot after watering, you should add a drainage layer such as expanded clay, which is especially well-suited for indoor plants.
Do you need some more ideas for cool ways of showing off your plants? Then you should take a look at our wooden planters and plant hangers projects.