Sure, you can go to the local garden center or hardware store to buy a planter for your favorite plants – but why would you want to when it is easy to build a rustic planter?
Building your own rustic wooden planter is a great way to consume dead pieces of wood. It will also add a lot of visual interest to your garden. If you are already working with a rustic design, building one of these planters is the way to go.
Check out these beautiful 17 planter ideas. After the ideas, you will find tutorials on how to easily build both horizontal and vertical planters.
17 ideas for rustic planters
1. Vibrant red petunias
The petunia is one of the easiest flowers to grow. If you choose bright, eye-catching colors for this pleasant year, you will create the perfect garden exhibition. It doesn’t hurt to plant them in an upright, hollowed out planter either!
2. Rustic miniature planter with succulents
You can even grow succulents in wooden planters! In fact, succulents are some of the most common plants that grow in wooden planters because they are incredibly low maintenance. You can breed a succulent species or plant a medley for a stunning visual effect.
3. Yellow spring flowers in a rustic wooden planter
The yellow flowers in this rural setting really showcase the inconspicuous wooden planter, don’t you think?
4. Simple hollow wooden planter
This rustic wooden planter is simple yet beautiful. It can be as big or as small as you like. This is located on additional protocols to facilitate movement (but prevents it from slipping around during use). What a great idea!
5. Blooming flowers in a rustic wooden planter
This wooden planter provides the perfect accent for a plain white background. Rustic planters like this have their place in all types of architecture, from ancient to contemporary styles.
6. Rustic planter before planting
If you’re curious about what the inside of one of these planters looks like before soil and plants have been added, don’t be surprised! This rustic wooden planter consists of a hollowed out tree trunk. It’s a simple DIY project that makes the most of dead and dying tree trunks that you may already be trampling on your property.
7. Driftwood planter
We have already shown you how to easily grow succulents in a wooden planter – but did you know that you can also use driftwood? You don’t have to have a perfect looking log (if ever there was one!) To make your planter. A piece of driftwood that you find washed up on the beach should also do the trick.
8. Weathered and distressed wooden planter
The more desperate the better! At least when it comes to making your own rustic wooden planter. This unique tree trunk is the perfect backdrop for planting succulents, cacti and other plants. It has a lot of character that makes it a focal point in your garden!
9. Single succulent in Log Planter
Whether you’re growing a plant or dozens of them, a rustic wooden planter is the best way to get the most out of a minimalist landscape.
10. Dense planting in a horizontal wooden planter
Here’s another way to grow bright red petunias in a rustic wooden planter! Petunias don’t mind being a little crowded – use their friendly nature by growing them in a rustic wooden planter like this.
11. Pansies in a wooden planter
These pansies form an elegant and formal foreground for a more robust and rustic planter. This kind of strong contrast is simply unbeatable when trying to create an unforgettable landscape!
12. Raised rustic wooden planter
Wooden planters are beautiful and appealing, but it can be difficult to take care of if you have to keep crawling around on the ground to weed, fertilize, and care for your plants. This wooden planter solves the problem by increasing the planting area – and isn’t it beautiful?
13. Short rustic wooden planter
You don’t even need a whole log to create your own unique planter. Even a small piece of wood is enough!
14. Window Log Planter
This block planter goes well with the log house background. As you can see, you can use a wooden planter anywhere – even as a window box planter!
15. Flowers in a wooden planter
This simple planter comes to life with beautiful purple flowers.
16. Decorative window planter with rustic wood
If you don’t want to permanently attach a rustic wooden planter to your window, you can create a portable option like this. Although this image is shown in black and white, adding flowers to the display can add color to your life – both indoors and outdoors.
17. Succulents in an upright wooden planter
This type of succulent is known as “Jelly Bean Succulent” and isn’t it fun to look at? If you grow a succulent in an upright planter like this, it is not only eye-catching but also easy to care for.
How to build a rustic wooden planter
It’s easy to build your own rustic planter. You don’t need a lot of tools or technical expertise – just a bit of hard work and dedication to get the job done.
There are several ways to build a DIY planter. One of the easiest ways is to build a horizontal planter that lies flat on the ground.
However, if a horizontal planter doesn’t fit your plans, you can turn a tree stump into a tall, upright planter, or turn multiple trunks into a coherent planter. In the photos below you can see dozens of ideas if you’re looking for inspiration!
How to create a horizontal wooden planter
- Find a log first. White pine is a good choice because it is a softwood and is easy to work with. You can also use a hardwood species like maple. It lasts longer, but can be more difficult to cut.
- Cut the lines with a chainsaw to make grooves in the wood, and cover the entire surface of the tree trunk with grooves. These should be relatively even, but should not emphasize if they are not all the same length, width or depth.
- If you don’t want to use a chainsaw, you can also use a drill to cut into your log. You will need to make several overlapping cuts with the hole saw until you reach the desired opening length of the wooden planter (in most cases about three inches).
- Use a screwdriver to pry the parts out between the cuts. Remove as many as possible with a hammer and screwdriver to score the wood. You end up with a semi-hollow planter.
- Use some topsoil and other additives like sand, peat moss and fertilizer to fill your wood planter. Sometimes it is easier to dampen the mixture before adding it to your log. This way it is packed in the log.
- Then you can plant in your wooden container. Consider adding activated carbon to the bottom of the wooden planter to aid filtration and prevent rotting of both your plant roots and the wood.
- You can either grow plants from seeds or transplant your favorite options into your new wooden planter. You can grow anything in a wooden planter, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and even succulents.
- After planting, water deeply to ensure that the container does not dry out. That’s all about it!
How to create a vertical log or tree stump planter
Here you can see how to drill and build a really nice tree stump planter.
Use for your wood planter:
Over time, planters will rot. Before this happens, however, you should use your planter for several years. By building your own rustic wooden planter, you can create a unique, inexpensive container for all of your favorite plants. Try one of the designs above – or create your own! – for a breathtaking display.