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Make an outdoor fiberglass flower pot

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The wife wanted some nice larger pots to put on the balcony and front door but those large decorative outdoor flower pots can cost upwards of $200 depending on size and I wasn't about to pay that much just for one. ( In reality my wife wouldn't let me even if i wanted to)
You can build your own in any shape an size for relatively cheap and with few materials.

What you need:
Fiberglass
Resin/hardener
1" x 2" wood (to make frame) scour sites like Craig's list to get free scraps
cardboard or 1/8 plywood (depending on which route you take. will explain later)
textured spray paint

First step is to come up with the shape of the pot you want to make and its dimensions.
 
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Step 1:

Start to build a frame out of the 1" x 2" wood. I was able to get scrap wood and nails of craigs list for free . It doesn't have to be super strong or perfect because once you cover the sides in 1/8 plywood or cardboard and then lay fiberglass over that it will lock it all in place.

If you are putting in real plants with dirt i suggest using the plywood route but if you're just putting in fake plants as we did in some of ours you can get away with cardboard.
To make it able to withstand the elements just make sure you cover both sides of the cardboard with the resin to seal it.

Once you have the frame together, cover it in either cardboard or plywood.
In these photos i'm using cardboard, i used a staple gun to secure it to the wood frame

We have had one made out of cardboard outside for over 2 years an it still looks brand new. Holds up to the elements just fine.
groupeve7 months ago
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5pints8 months ago
How much fiberglass was used to make this planter? I'm just trying to price up a project.
jepho (author)  5pints8 months ago
for the rectangular pot I put two layers down and i think* i bought 3 yards buuut it might have been 4.

Better to buy more and have extra then be short. you can use the extra on other projects or to add an extra layer of support.
omerbeni8 months ago
Hi,
Nice Job!
Did you leave the wood frame inside or you took it out? is it possible to take it out after its been hardened? would the structure hold?
Thanks
jepho (author)  omerbeni8 months ago
i left the wood frame in on the rectangular one and on the square one i didn't use a wood frame, just cardboard.
It will support its own weight without the frame but you would have to cover the frame in something like plastic, tin foil and/or masking tape in order to remove it afterwards . (the resin will bond to the wood if you don't and removal will be next toimpossible without damage)
Beautiful job, really does look like a $200 planter. Think it would be safe for use with plants that I plan on consuming?
jepho (author)  A Guinness Drinker8 months ago
I don't see why it would be an issue.
bagatir8 months ago
thanks for the fast reply :)
bagatir8 months ago
hello, do you use fiberglass cloth?

btw great job
jepho (author)  bagatir8 months ago
Yes, I used a woven fiberglass cloth, which looks like what is pictured below...
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Maxmil8 months ago
Great idea and it looks beautiful to me! We just bought our first house- after doing some major remodeling the budget is gone and your genius idea just gave my wife more ways to beautify our home on the cheap, yet look amazing!! Thank you for sharing!!!
nyx7029 months ago
This is great. I was wondering about this process just the other day. Thanks so much for writing this up. I was considering making concrete ones but at this size they would be so fartin heavy.
Ashke9 months ago
Move job!! Will DEFINITELY be making some of these - esp. since I could never afford any type of pot larger than 18" did.! Thank you so very much for your (experimental) expertise and ingenuity!!
soonerjohn9 months ago
I am in your exact situation. I've been thinking about making some planters just like this out of concrete since they're so darn expensive, but you've given me another alternative to consider
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