For this Thrift Store Décor Challenge, I chose to make a pedestal planter using an old spindle and some sort of porch light cap.
The two items were literally sitting right next to each other on my junk shelf. It’s like they were just waiting for the perfect makeover!
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Materials to make a Small Wooden Pedestal Planter
Here are the components for this simple project! I have no idea where the porch light cover or the spindle came from. The scrap wood was easy to find in the shop.
If this project sounds too intimidating, I have tips for you after the tutorial. Scroll down.
This is our Thrift Store Day, be sure to check out all the projects below.
Define edges on router table
I’m not a regular user of the router table. I generally put an all purpose bit on it and use it for everything.
Mark center and drill pilot hole
After running the wood through the router I marked the center and used a countersink bit to drill a hole to attach the spindle.
Make countersink hole so base doesn't wobble
The countersink hole will allow the base to sit flush after the screw is secured.
Use a Clamp for Drilling a Spindle
An irwin quick clamp safely holds the spindle so I can drill a hole in the center for the wood screw.
Assemble pieces of wooden pedestal planter
1) attach spindle to screw
2) secure screw into spindle
3) find washer to fit spindle
4) insert spindle top through porch light shade and secure with lock washer (you can also use a super glue)
Spray Paint Shelter for Painting
I spray painted the easy spindle project in my Homeright Small Spray Shelter .
Isn’t it amazing how paint can really make a project come together?
My hens and chicks need to be replanted. Did you see the clearance Easter basket planter? I added a little soil and some small river rocks from The Dollar Tree.
How Can I Make this Pedestal Planter the Easy Way?
Are you good at thinking outside the box? If so, great, but I'm here to help you out. Small pedestal planters can be so cute in a grouping. You just need to find the right items to "marry". What kind of items can you use from a thrift store?
- Wooden salad bowls
- Other random light fixture covers
- Wooden or glass candlesticks
- A plate or wooden base of some sort.
You could also make something like this pedestal planter with inexpensive items from your favorite dollar store.
- Wooden DIY Plaques (craft dept)
- Decorative or Fluted Bowls (catering dept)
- Candle Holders
Simply pick up some e6000, silicone, or super glue and start building your masterpiece! No tools involved, I've got you covered.
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
what a great small wooden pedestal. love the succulents.
Wow, how cool is that. Just got a new porch put on and this would look great on one of the side tables.
What a beautiful raised planter... and of course I love succulents!!!
I love this, you are always so creative!
Love this1 I was thinking about the items used and I would flip it over, add a peg to the spindle and a wooden ball or Styrofoam ball to make a display to use for children's bonnets and matching dresses. Thanks for the inspiration.
Creative thinking Kathy! Don't you love it when an idea spurs your creative juices?
Always amazed at what you put together from scraps!! Love it!