Introduction: Firewood Planter

About: Hi, my name is Ulrich Retief. I am currently working as a junior doctor in South Africa. Although I am very busy with my work and extracurricular activities, I love taking my mind off work and relax by doing …

This is a very simple project to create beautiful decorations for your garden.

Once you find all the right tools, it will only take a few minutes to complete!

I used:

  • A saw (band saw to quicken process)
  • A drill
  • A large drill bit (I used a 25mm spade bit)
  • A small drill bit (I used a 4mm)
  • Sander
  • Spray Laquer

Step 1: Find a Piece of Wood

This is from a tree we cut down in the garden, but almost anything will do!

Once you found an appropriate piece of wood, cut it to the lengths that you prefer.

Step 2: Drill the Hole

I first drilled the larger hole about 2/3s of the way through the piece of wood. After this I drilled the smaller hole all the way through to allow water drainage.

Step 3: Sanding and Attaching the Rope

After drilling, I took the piece to a sander and smoothed the sides and rounded the edges for a more professional look. I then sprayed a single layer of lacquer on the whole piece. This is not to change the appearance of the piece, just to give it a bit of protection as I am hanging it outside where it will be battered by the wind and rain.

To complete the piece, i just screwed in two screw eyes and tied a piece of rope to it.

Step 4: Find an Appropriate Plant and Place to Hang It

Now just fill up the whole with some soil and plant something in it!

I used a succulent, simply because they are so hardened, easy to keep alive and overall pretty.


Feel free to leave some feedback and share your own creations! I put mine in this tree we replanted to decorate it while we wait for the leaves to come back.

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