To make these terra-cotta planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner.
DIY Terra-Cotta Planters
To make these terra-cotta chimney flue planters, go to a brick supplier and buy 3-ft. lengths of clay chimney flue liner ($15 each). Cut the chimney tile to different heights using a circular saw fitted with an abrasive cutting wheel. You can put them on a deck or patio, or accent your yard wherever you like—just pick your spots and bury the ends in the soil a little.
Fill the liners with gravel for drainage, leaving 8 in. at the top for potting soil. Since the water can drain, the liners won’t crack if they freeze. Or just set pots on top of the gravel and bring in the plants for the winter. — Nancy Belmont
10 Easy-to-Build Planters and Trellises for Spring
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Three-Season Planter Box
This three-season planter box uses plastic containers or liners to keep moisture and dirt away from the wooden parts, meaning it will survive the outdoors a lot longer than other planters.
Stripped-Down Window Planter
This window box planter is so easy to make — it's all curves and circles. The ingenious design, besides being easy to build, also means it resists rot far better than traditional window boxes.
Cedar and Copper Trellis Planter
Climbing plants like vines and roses lend a lot of charm to an ordinary garden, especially when they're winding up a trellis planter as stunning as this one. And its character just grows richer as the wood turns gray and the copper develops a beautiful green patina.
Railing-Mounted Deck Planter
In a little under an hour, you can make this simple railing-mounted planter. All you need is some standard gutter parts.
Save Your Back with a Self-Watering Planter
Build a raised planting bed and have tonight's salad at your fingertips! This attractive cedar design uses perforated drain pipe to store and distribute the water.
Planter Trellis Combo
Create a living privacy screen like this one that features a simple planter and trellis planter made with bamboo. You can DIY the whole thing over the course of a weekend for about $100.
Build this simple seating/planter/arbor project to create a quiet, private space in your yard or on a deck. It provides shade and comfort as well as a welcome screen from neighbors. You can install it on an existing patio or build it on your deck.
Patio Garden Pond and Planter
This patio pond in a wooden container holds regular and water plants. With a paint-on rubber lining that's ultra-stretchy and UV resistant, it will last for years with little maintenance.
Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden
Build a unique, natural-looking garden trellis for your climbing flowers and vines using standard copper water pipe. This long-lasting copper trellis is made entirely from 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. copper pipe soldered into a repeating ladder pattern.