It’s not really an ugly plastic flower pot this time, but if you want to make a pretty solution for YOUR ugly plastic flower pot, I have the perfect solution! And you can make a few flower pot covers for under $20! Bonus! You get even more great projects from my friends, be sure to see them at the bottom of this post.
As I was doing my outdoor overhaul backyard makeover, a friend gave me the loveliest plant! It’s a citronella plant. If you’ve never seen one, let me tell you that it smells ten times better than a citronella candle. As you probably know, citronella products are used to thwart mosquitoes. So, the pot isn’t really ugly, but I did want to disguise the fact that it is a plastic flower pot.
Small Deck with Fence Boards instead of Lattice
The new porch deck on the back of the house at the back door needed a surround to cover up the ugly concrete steps. I purchased 25 dog eared picket fence boards. I had made so many runs to The Home Depot, so I decided to purchase more than what we estimated. You can see that each board was cut in half, and dog eared on each end. Personally, I love, love, love the way the porch/deck turned out.
It just so happened that I had four boards left over. Perfect to make my new plastic flower pot covers.
Cut Fence Boards on Miter Saw
I customized my boards to fit my plastic flower pot exactly. You will want to cut yours according to the flower pot you are covering up. The boards were cut with a 5° slant. After cutting the first board, simply flip over the long side and cut again. Keep this up until all of your pieces are cut.
The top board is 1" longer than the next board. If you make these, just keep that in mind. Say, you're using three boards, they might be 11, 10, 9 inches in length.
Attach Boards to Small Framing Piece
This is where I got really lucky. As my friend Rodney was installing the boards on the deck, he had to rip a couple to get them to fit perfectly. While I was cutting the lengths of boards, I spied these pieces in the scrap pile he left behind. Oh happy day!
Make Two For Each Pot Cover
I chose to leave the angled cut for the top of the wooden planter boxes I was making to cover up those ugly plastic flower pots! My nail gun was the perfect option to make this project quick and easy. You could use gorilla wood glue in addition if you prefer. For one wooden planter box, make two of these sides.
Attach Additional Boards
To each of those first 2 sides, add the other fence boards with your nail gun.
Plastic Flower Pot Cover In Progress
Now, the only thing left to do is to add two more boards to the last side. Can you see that the original two sides are opposite of each other? By making those two sides first, this is a very simple assembly process.
Perfect Planter to Cover Plastic Flower Pots
For outdoor use, no bottom is needed for this simple wooden planter. Three boards were used for two planters. You would need a fourth board in order to have the stakes to make the supports to hold the wooden planters together.
Citronella Plant Wooden Planter
I was so excited to insert my plastic flower pot to make sure it would fit in the simple wooden planter box! It fits perfectly! The plastic flower pot is very snug in the wooden planter making it very easy to move.
Bottomless Wooden Planter for Plastic Flower Pots
The bottomless wooden planter will allow airflow and drainage for this plastic flower pot.
Have you ever seen or smelled a citronella plant? It’s suggested to squeeze the leaves to release the fragrance. I’ve also noticed that the fragrance is more noticeable when I water the plant. Thank you Leann for this sweet gift for my new Backyard Camper Retreat. I love it! I have the other wooden planter, so I guess I need to get one more plant.
Rustic Koozies for Plastic Flower Pots
This isn’t the first time I’ve made wooden planter boxes to cover plastic flower pots. I made some rustic fence koozies for some mums a few years ago. It’s tough to say, but I think I like the new style cut on an angle better. What about you?
Now it's time to take a look at what my friends made for under $20. It's fun to be able to make great DIY projects when you're on a budget.
H2OBungalow - DIY Solar Hanging Lanterns
My Repurposed Life - Flower Pot Cover
Designed Decor - DIY Hanging Air Plant Holder
Sweet Pea - DIY Adjustable Plate Stand
Whoa! Aren't they awesome?! Please visit my friends to see their DIY project.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.