I have a confession to make.
I like big…
planters and I cannot lie.
The problem with this…they can be very expensive.
Thinking about an inexpensive solution, this easy DIY hits the mark.
I wanted 2 large planters, so the below is the rough list of items needed:
4-planters – I lucked out and found these gems on clearance at Target for like $5 each
2 sets of screws, with washers and nuts. (be sure that you purchase screws that will not easily rust)
Potting soil, pool noodles (stay with me on this) and plant(s) of your choice.
You will also need a drill to create not only the holes for the set screws, but also to create extra holes for better drainage.
The idea is you buy 2 smaller planters, invert one on top of the other and attach together…
Now I realize that the materials list I provided is not specific on size of screws, etc., but keep in mind that this will differ greatly depending on the planter you choose and its depth of base. So when in doubt, take the planter you choose to your local Home Depot, explain what you are doing and they can guide you to the proper length and type of screw.
Arrange the first planter, upside down, and the align the second planter directly on top of that.
You may need an extra set of hands to help you to hold the planters steady while you drill the holes for the screws.
Once the holes are drilled all the way through both planters, you can slip the screws in and tighten down. After that, you should drill a few more sets of holes through the planters to ensure that you get good drainage.
I have always loved the cactus called “Totem Pole”. They are essentially a needlessness cactus and I just love the look they have. So that was my choice to plant.
Now, I cannot remember where I read about this next tip, probably Pinterest, but it is really brilliant.
Take old pool noodles, or buy some from your local Dollar Store and cut them in small sections.
You are going to use these as your base before you top with soil. They provide good drainage, you can reduce the waste of old noodles and use much less soil which saves money and makes the planters much lighter when you have to move them around.
Fill your planter about 1/4 of the way up with noodle pieces and then top with soil. Insert your plant of choice and then fill in with additional soil.Another tip if you are going to plant these type of cacti, when you buy them the continuer will have an X marked on the outside. This is VERY important to not forget because it means that these cacti need to face South where X marks the spot. They are very sensitive to the direction they are placed so the chances of them thriving are better when facing that direction.These planters are a great, affordable DIY and just what our patio needed to add a little height, dimension and some greenery. I topped with decorative rocks to complete the look.
Hope that you give this a try!