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(UPDATE: Check out for my new robo-planters pictures: http://www.instructables.com/id/New-Robo-planters/)

Tired of simple or sissy planters? Do you want more attitude flowerpots? Well, it's your lucky day, because today's instructable is about how to make planters using cheap stuff.

Due to the extremist group "Sons of the Atari" protests (see "Rob Zombie" comments), I won't use joysticks (just kidding, boys!) but a damaged coffee machine funnel, a feet deodorant cap and a Cologne cap for these "three amigos".

What about the green? I will plant cactus, because they will look beautiful in the smaller pots, don't need so much water and will be awesome as the "robo-planters" pilots! (and my friends of Cyclus Ecodesign want to buy my planters with cactus especifically, so my daffodils have to wait).

Well... LET'S GET GREEN!!!

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Step 1: As always, the initial and useful Blablabla:

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First, remember M.C. Langer building rules:

1. If you don't have it, replace it!
2. Use protective equipment (dust mask and goggles)
3. Beware of drilled and soldered hot surfaces
4. Work in a good ventilated area.
5. Always have junk in stock
6. Enjoy!
(7. Don't put your thumb on the way of a high speed drill bit. It hurts... a lot!!!)


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And don't forget instant glue for fix the joints.

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Do you remember those Mega Man's classic enemies? Well, I always wanted to do something like that. So, meet Planter Man, Master of the Garden Stage!!!


1 damaged coffee machine funnel
2 Oven knobs
8 iron pieces for picture frame
2 small iron angles
1 roll-on deodorant balls
screws and nuts
Copper wire
Rubber hose (for the wire)
1 Heat gun nozzle (What I did with the rest of my damaged heat gun? Wait for my next instructable!)
1 plastic cap (for the hand)
2 plastic cylinders that fit with the nozzle and the cap.

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ptimleigh made it!18 days ago
This was a fun project to do with my 5 yr old, and a great gift idea.
Gartholameau3 months ago

These remind me of the droids in the movie "Silent Running". They too were gardener droids. Very well done. I'm looking at some old stepper motors and wondering if I could merge them with your idea, maybe planters that walk over to the window with the most sun. Kudos to your imagination. :-)

M.C. Langer (author)  Gartholameau3 months ago
Thanks Gartholameau!!!! :-)
i dont have a green thumb, but these totally make me want to start
Awesome!!! Thanks Panda!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  modernmasters1 year ago
Thanks Modernmasters!
FORD19723 years ago
I love these little guys!! i want to build some for my house, where do you get the small iron angle peices with the holes in them? I tried home Depot but all they had were big ones.
I see a lot of "picture hangar" pieces here, the iron strips with a hole on each end and teeth in the middle. Those pieces are for mounting on the back of a picture frame and are used to hand pictures on single nails on a wall. Maybe you could use those or bend them into "iron angle pieces" for your projects.
HollyMann2 years ago
i love the one on the very right with the eyebrows!
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks Holly! :-)
wow masterful creations...i love them all!! i am actually obssessed with recycling and upcycling things and i did make my little robot of spider and kida ET face... but i would definately try to make robot like urs that have contaier for plants...awesome ideas, thnx a miollion for the inspiration <3
M.C. Langer (author)  Kawthar Xoubi2 years ago
Thanks to you, Kawthar!!!! :-) And good luck with your creations!! Your spider is a great idea!
shazni2 years ago
Wow...you are a robot addict...your stuff is really amazing!
M.C. Langer (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thanks Shazni!!
I love this!
And, my dad always has some junk lying around so... :)

Would he notice if his junk is disapearing?
M.C. Langer (author)  emilyvanleemput3 years ago
Thanks Emily!!! :-)
these are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! been on here looking for something that i can do with my 5 year old grandson, whom the doctors say, is on a genius level, i can't wait to try one of these on him. he is constantly trying to invent something. wish ME luck, I'LL need it, he probably won't.
M.C. Langer (author)  phyllismcdaniel3 years ago
Thanks! And... Good luck!!!! :-)
Great. Very Crative!!!!!!!!!
M.C. Langer (author)  hamed.bamdad3 years ago
Thanks Hamed! :-)
gunman153 years ago
how did you plant the cacti cause i dont wanna hurt myself lol
M.C. Langer (author)  gunman153 years ago
using gloves! :-)
Sabinbp3 years ago
I cant quite get it but what is the difference with a dish garden and a terrarium is this project considered to be a dish garden? Well this project is very unique I have not yet seen any kind of these in our part of the world thanks for sharing it here
M.C. Langer (author)  Sabinbp3 years ago
Hi Sabinbp! My pleasure! Thanks for your comment :-)
Its soo cute =) great ideas!
M.C. Langer (author)  chosenangelx3 years ago
Thanks Chosenagelx!! :-)
You hould make a planter... That gives birth to little baby planterss tht can fly :) (batteries not included) i dont even remember what the story line was... Watched it when i was 8 :/
M.C. Langer (author)  chosenangelx3 years ago
I love Batteries not Included!!!! I have build some BNI inspired junbots! :-)
Thank you so much, I am going to make one but my own design! Good job by the way!
M.C. Langer (author)  Disturbedguy3 years ago
Thanks Disturbedguy!!! :-)
jackhg3 years ago
Hi MC,

just love your POT'' family, very creative
M.C. Langer (author)  jackhg3 years ago
Thanks Jack!!!
Like it!!! :0)
M.C. Langer (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
Thanks!!!! :-)
It's amazyng!!
M.C. Langer (author)  prohorova_854 years ago
Thanks!!! :-)
wow...very creative and useful. i like this.
M.C. Langer (author)  mrincon gutierrez4 years ago
Gracias Mrincon! Yo también soy de Bogotá!
thorbeck4 years ago
Plantbert, office mascot.
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