Picture of Weed Pots
These little guys gives you a great place to put those sweet little weeds your child gives you.

I saw these at a few craft shows. They are basically miniature vases. Instead of being hollowed out, they are simply drilled.
Simple to make, these are great gifts. And great for getting rid of those cut-offs you have been hanging on to.
I made three this afternoon. one walnut, one ash and one chestnut.
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Step 1: Prepare and mount the blank to your lathe

Picture of Prepare and mount the blank to your lathe
First, find your block of scrap/cut-off that is suitable for the size of weed pot you are going for. These can be as tiny as a shot glass, or as large as a beer bottle I suppose.
In this particular case, I had a piece of fallen Ash tree I was hanging onto for some time now. It dried nicely and didn't really split anywhere. Using my band-saw I cut a couple flats on it that were somewhat parallel to one-another. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just get it as close as you can. The two flats are going to take the drive spur and live center and I will form a tenon for the chuck to clamp onto. At the same time, I will rough it to round and decide which end to be the base of the weed pot.

Once you have a good tenon formed and rough rounded, you can remove the drive spur and attach it to your chuck. I still slide the tail-stock up to give it more support during the shaping procedure.

Step 2: Finish cut and sand the weed pot

Picture of Finish cut and sand the weed pot
Once it is mounted to the chuck and onto the lathe, bring the tail-stock up to the workpiece and tighten it in place.. This will give you smoother cutting action while you are finish shaping the weed pot.

I roughed it with a bowl gouge to my finished shape. Then removed the tail-stock and put the tool-rest on the face (top) of the weed pot.

I simply smoothed and flattened the top a little, The replaced the tail-stock and sanded the entire outside up to 320 grit.
now its time to drill the hole...
Corinbw5 days ago

which wood is which??? I like them all

osurich1 year ago
oops, looks like they beat me to it...
shazni1 year ago
Wow... Your stuff are amazing!
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks shazni. so is yours!
HollyMann1 year ago
Wow!!! Wish I would have seen your Instructables sooner - I love them all. This one especially. Love how these turned out. Wish I had the tools and equipment (and skills :) to do this!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you for the great compliments!
SlickSqueegie (author) 1 year ago
:) yep! I have people on the look-out at some local craft stores.
100 - 50mm x 13mm glass test tubes listed on eBay for £14 all in, also available in many other useful sizes or pack sizes.
l8nite1 year ago
I to wish I had the tools to play with, the pots are really cute but I take afront with the name, after all, what is a weed ? A rose in the middle of a corn field would be but a weed while a dandelion in a 2 year olds hand is the most precious gift imaginable
SlickSqueegie (author)  l8nite1 year ago
I really wish I had the ability to do all of this! All of your woodworking is just so amazing! These vases are adorable!
Thanks again. I appreciate your nice compliments! but really? ability? I have seen your Instructables. You have the "ability"! LOL
Tools then? I don't have the tools to do it :)
okay, maybe not the tools. but you would be surprised at what you could get to start with. :)
SlickSqueegie (author) 1 year ago
Thanks... I didnt make that though! lol
Sorry haha the pots are awesome too.
SlickSqueegie (author)  turtledrake1 year ago
LOL Thanks... I do love my camera though!
joshr1231 year ago
I would change the name so to mistaken meaning. Lol
SlickSqueegie (author)  joshr1231 year ago
Yeah, I can see where some people would question the name. But they are traditionally called "Weed Pots" so, the name sticks lol.
ChrysN1 year ago
Pretty little vases.
SlickSqueegie (author)  ChrysN1 year ago