If you’re ever in need of inspiration or resources for your next crafting project, just go out and explore the woods or your own backyard and the ideas will come. Nature offers us the best items to create beautiful and original things with and they come in lots of different forms. Something as simple as a log can be used in so many interesting ways. A log planter is just one of the things you can do with it and even then there are lots of unique designs to consider. Check out some of our favorite ones below.
Succulent plants don’t need a lot of space for their roots which means you can plant them in all sorts of containers and even inside a small log in order to create a beautiful centerpiece. All you need to do is carve out a little space on one side of the log. You can use a chisel and a hammer to make a crevice and then put some cactus soil inside and add your little succulents. You can space them out or put them all in one spot, depending how you want the centerpiece to look like. More details about this simple project can be found on hearthandvine.
When making a log planter there are a few things to consider, such as how close the plants should be, how big the potting holes should be and also what type of plants you should use. Small succulents are ideal and they come in lots of different forms. You can also get trailing succulents if you want the log to look more full of greenery. You can use a power drill with spade bits to make the holes for the plants and you can fill these with soil and then add a bit of moss on top to seal them and to avoid making a mess on the table in case you’re planning to turn the log into a centerpiece. You can find more tips and ideas on satoridesignforliving.
A big log can also be quite easily turned into a planter. Instead of placing it horizontally and carving out little nooks on the side for the plants you could place the log vertically and make a hole right at the center. If you can find a stump with the center already rotten out then this project will get even easier. Go ahead and clean the log and make the hole bigger if needed, then fill it with soil and add the plants. Another idea is to paint the exterior or the log or a section of it. More inspiration can be found on thediymommy.
Although a nice log with bark on it can make a lovely planter, that’s not your only option. You can also use any piece of waste wood as long as it’s big enough for the plans that you have in mind. Take the wood and sand it down, clean it and potentially flatten the bottom if needed. Then use a mini turbo to hollow out a section at the top and to form a sort of planter that you can then fill with soil and assorted succulents. There’s a tutorial on youtube that explains the whole process in case you’re interested.
If you want to take things to the next level and make a really big log planter that you can keep in your backyard, you’re going to need bigger tools and a bigger log. You can work in sections and saw the log piece by piece. You’ll need a curved blade saw, a hammer drill, a wood chisel set, a flat boring set and a regular hammer as well as lots of time in order to complete this project. Once done it will look really cool and you can fill it with lots of colorful flowers or plants to make your garden or backyard look amazing. There’s a detailed tutorial on tampahomebody which explains it all.
You can also skip the carving part and get a ready-made log planter instead. They’re not exactly common but there are some really nice designs to choose from. This one is quite nice, although it’s a faux log and is not really made of wood. Once you add all the succulents it does look very realistic. It has a concrete planter interior and a drainage hole at the bottom. Check it out on etsy.
This is a really cute hanging planter made out of log sections and rope. The actual plants stay inside plastic cups that fit at the center of the log so that the wood doesn’t get damaged. It would be fairly easy to make something like this from scratch if you had the supplies. Either way, leave the bark on because it adds texture to the design and makes the hanging planter looks authentic and charming. Check out this beautiful product on etsy for more details.