Modern Modular Planter

I love simple projects that use materials that I have lying around.  No, seriously.  It’s like a weird little high when I get the chance to turn trash into something useful.  I can liken it to when I use up the last of the leftovers in the fridge, or when finishing a long algebraic function and discover how neatly all the numbers order themselves and fit together (side note: in my other life I was a math major)!  Basically, I am kind of geeking-out over this little planter.  Heck, I liked it so much that I made 4 of them and put them up in our shop! If you are feeling crafty and want to put your hand to making one of these yourself, read on my friend! I guarantee that a quickie project like this will have you feeling like a legit maker in no time!


2 Crafting wood boards(mine were .375″ x 5.5″ X 36″) cut to 4 pieces 18″ long

E6000 Glue

9 Finishing Nails


1 eyelet screw

leather lacing

Cotton embroidery thread in your choice of color

small metal container

drill (in case your container needs holes drilled for leather lacing)

Using the crafting board is not essential, but I love how thin it is and it’s smooth finish that does not really require any sanding. Three cheers for cutting out a step!

Running a bead of E6000 glue along the edge of one board, you will line it up in an L formation with another board before finishing with 3 nails.  Remember to be careful when using this glue, as it’s not water soluble and is super permanent.

I used another board turned sideways to give me some stability before I hammered in 3 finishing nails for holding my L joint.

Due to these boards being so thin, it is important to use finishing nails and not screws for this final assembly.  They sink down perfectly through the top board and down into the “leg” board for a stable construction.

Next, find the center point of the top board and screw in your eyelet.  Now the frame is done, and it is time to prep the pot.

I actually was fortunate enough to have 4 of these little old kitchen mill attachments handy (read: #hoarder).  So, I didn’t need to bother with drilling holes for my leather lace.  Other ideas for the actual planter would be old glass candle holders (just use a drill bit for glass), metal tin cans left over from the kitchen, actual ceramic or pottery vessels (again, use a drill bit for glass), or whatever else inspires you!

Using the E6000 glue, I adhered a short tail of the leather lace to the rest of it above the the metal lip of my container after threading it through an opening.

Then, I just wrapped some embroidery thread around the glued segment for a pop of color, and tied it off.

This modern planter looks great displayed on a wall or tabletop!  I am going to use mine for herbs in the kitchen, but air-plants and succulents would rock, as well!

Your actual vessel may be different than mine, but mine was literally riddled with holes and openings.  Obviously, that makes it perfect for air-plants, but I had to problem solve for my rosemary.  I wound up just lining the “pot” with a coffee filter for a bit of durability and some decent root protection.  This is not a permanent solution by any stretch of the imagination, but it will last long enough for the tiny planter before I need to transplant.

Happy indoor-gardinging, my friends!

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