June 28, 2011 • In web :: D.I.Y.
If you have little outdoor space but want to grow a garden, have no fear. Our writer shows you how to make a D.I.Y. planter for your home when space is a premium.
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Here is everything you need to make some planters for your own space:
-One storage container with lid (Mine was a 66L one that was on sale at Home Depot for $5). It's best if the lid isn't too rigid since you are going to have to cut it
-One Xacto knife
-A Sharpie or something else to mark where to cut with
-2 yogurt containers (750 g)
-A piece of pipe about 6 inches taller than the container (Mine were 2 feet tall) with one end cut on an angle
-30 L of triple mix soil
1) Use the Xacto knife to trim the lid down so that it fits inside the container. For me this meant cutting it just inside the second ridge and just having the centre of the lid. If you are unsure leave it bigger and you can trim it down to fit afterwards with scissors. That's what I did until I figured it out.
2) Lay the two yogurt containers on top of the cut out lid and trace around them with the Sharpie.
3) Next, cut the circles out. Before you do, it is important to make sure that you are cutting inside the circle that you drew. The yogurt containers are going to help support the false bottom (aka the lid you just cut) in the container, so it is important that when you cut out the circles the containers can't fit through them at the top.
To cut out the circles, cut a '+' sign into the lid in the middle of the circle. Trace the circle you are going to score a curve into the lid, for one of the 4 segments you created, using the Xacto knife just inside the line that you drew.
Then, push that one piece out through the middle and it will just snap off leaving a wedge shaped hole.