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Slate Plant Pots

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A very low cost and very easy project anyone can make, great activity to get your kids involved in as they are soooo proud of making a quality gift that looks like it was professionally made. 

All you need is the following

Materials:
Reclaimed slate tiles 30p each (reclamation yard, ebay, old roof)
Wood batons £ free (scrap wood, off cuts or DIY store)
Screws 30p

Total cost = £2 - £2.50 per pot

Tools:
Ruler
Saw
Screw driver
Drill + masonry or tile drill bit + Screwdriver bit

 
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Step 1: Drilling Tiles

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  • Stack four tiles on top of each other, ensuring the nail holes and edges are aligned
  • Measure and mark three holes for the screws (the nail holes count as one hole)
  • Drill through all the tiles at once, be careful not move the tiles whist drilling. If they do move realign them immediately

Step 2: Cutting The Wood Corners

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  • Measure the distance between the bottom of the tile and the top hole, now add 20mm
  • Cut four wooded batons to the measurement above

Step 3: Cutting The Wood Corners

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  • Measure from the bottom of the tile to in between the first and second holes (see the photo for clarity)
  • Mark this onto each of the four batons and cut

Step 4: Assemble

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  • I use Torx screws just because i think they look cool, any wood screw is fine though :)
  • Ensure the wood is aligned with the edge of the tile before screwing in place
  • Attach two batons to one tile covering the top and middle holes, this leaves the bottom home exposed
  • Repeat on another tile

Step 5: Assemble

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  • Put the assembled tile on a flat surface
  • Take a unassembled tile and align it to the edge of an assembled one
  • Screw in place
  • Repeat so you have two 'L' shapes

Step 6: Assemble

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  • Bring the two 'L' shapes together and screw together
Great i'ble! I'm going to have a go making these this weekend - thanks.
Just wondering if anyone could propose an alternative to the wood, as it will rot inside the pot. I guess treated wood would last longer but I don't know how much. Also, I imagine you don't need to use slate for the support inside, as it won't be seen - was considering using a plastic pot inside (which would also cut down on the amount of compost needed as you talked about).
Anyway, please don't take my suggestions as criticism - these look great and are just what I've been looking for for ages. Thanks again.
Have made some of these and am really pleased with them - even my wife thinks they look good! I made a slight change and made them so a square plastic pot would sit with the corners of its lip resting on the wood used to join the tiles. That way it avoids the wood contacting the compost (and reduces the amount of compost required). Otherwise exactly the same. Thanks again for a great i'ble. Duncan
AEG drill? lithium? RU Happy?
Outstanding! Even if you had to buy the slate tiles new, it would still be cheaper than plastic pots and 100x nicer.
jonnyd55 (author)  CatTrampoline2 years ago
Thanks :) originaly i did that, it cost approx £6-7 per pot......as you quite rightly say, still a bargain :)
vincent75202 years ago
Excellent … your pots are truly beautiful and I have a number of unused slates which now have a good reason to sit in the back of my basement until I make my own pots ! … 
thank you for posting this inst'
jonnyd55 (author)  vincent75202 years ago
That's great, send me a pic when you have made them :)