loading
Picture of How to make a wooden pot

           This Instructable shows you how to build a wooden pot for your favorite flower.In my case i've used it for my orchid. You will see it's a simple and easy thing to do.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Step 1 - Material List

Picture of Step 1 - Material List

You will need:
1)  Wood, and to be more precise you will need a pice of trunk. The dimensions depend on what size you want your pot to be. I've cut my pice of trunk from an old cherry tree but you can use whatever type of wood you want
2) Drilling machine
3) Drills ( the lenght of the drill you use will determine how deep the pot will be)
4) Hammer
5) Chisel
6) Brush
7) Varnish
8) Sandpaper

Step 2: Step 2 - Drill holes

Picture of Step 2 - Drill holes
P1120237.JPG
              You will begin by drilling holes in your trunk, in the form of a circle. The holes must be as close as posible to each other. I recommend using a big drill so you don't have to do so many holes, but don't use your biggest drill. If you use a drill that is longer than the trunk be careful not to go trough it. You don't want the bottom to have holes.

Step 3: Step 3 - Uniting the holes

Picture of Step 3 - Uniting the holes
P1120240.JPG
P1120242.JPG
            For this you will take a bigger drill then the one you used to make the holes.The bigger the better.You will use it to enlarge the holes you did until they unite. Feel free to move the drill sideways so that you make sure it forms a continuous chanel.

Step 4: Step 4 - Removing the middle of the trunk

               At first I've tried to do this using a chainsaw...it went wrong...I've scratched the edge of my pot an I couldn'n remove the middle. After that I took a chisle and a hammer and started to remove the wood from the middle of the trunk...it took me some time but I've done it without damaging the pot. Basically, you hit the middle part with the chisle near the chanel that you created. This way, small pices of wood will come of. You do this untill you have a nice hole in the middle of your trunk.
               After I've done this, I had to repair the edge of the pot. For this I've used the chainsaw to remove the marks that i have made earlier. If your edge is nice, then you cand skip this part, but if you have marks on your edge and want to remove them , you can use a handsaw...it's safer.
                The next thing you want to do is to give your edge a nice smooth look. For this you will use the sandpaper. Rub the edge of the pot untill you consider is smooth enough.

Step 5: Step 5 - Protect your pot

Picture of Step 5 - Protect your pot
P1120391.JPG
P1120392.JPG
P1120395.JPG
                     Because the soil that will be inside the pot keeps humidity you will need to protect your pot so it doesn't rot. For this I've painted it with varnish. The type that I've used gived it the color of a pine tree, but feel free to use any varnish you like.
                    To be sure it is protected well, paint it in severeal layers. I had given it 4 layer of varnish.

Step 6: Step 6 - Plant your flower

Picture of Step 6 - Plant your flower

         Once the varnish has dried out, you can plant your favorite flower in your new pot.
        
         Here you have a picture of my orchid in my new pot.

                                Enjoy
backyarder11 month ago

I wondered about the varnish, too. I wonder if some types are better than others.

holly-g1 year ago
Really great! ty
tekkguy4 years ago
How has the pot held up over time? Has the varnish affected the plant at all?
ZoDo (author)  tekkguy4 years ago
The varnish didn't affect the plant at all. I've put my orchid in that pot in Octomber 2009 and I still have it today...unfortunately I had forgot it outside on a cold night and it's not doing so well since then. But that is because orchids are sensitive to cold and not because of the varnish. At one moment it started making a keiki...but that was before the incident.
ChrysN4 years ago
That turned out really nice.