Spring has sprung, and millions of people have gardening on the mind. And who wouldn’t? There are few things more enjoyable than planting flowers in spring and enjoying their blooms all summer long. That’s why I love this craft project: the log planter.
There are countless benefits to gardening. Not to mention that flowers are super easy to plant and they bring a ton of vibrant colors to your yard. The benefits aren’t just aesthetic either. Flowers, like trees, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, helping to clean the air. And many plants have flowers that are vital for pollinators like bees, who have been seeing a fairly substantial decline in recent decades.
Flowers can be planted in pretty much anything that will hold some soil and provide drainage. You can choose to pick up some store-bought pots, make a raised bed out of wood or another material, or even plant them directly in the ground. Or, and stick with me here, you can build yourself a stylish log planter.
Log planters have a few advantages. The log can be acquired for free or nearly no money if you know where to look and they’ll last for years. And if, someday down the line, you get tired of your planter, you can chop it up, dry it, and have a little fire with it.
If you live in a city or town, there’s a good chance that a tree is going to be cut down somewhere this spring. Keep an eye on online marketplace websites for your community, you may find free or inexpensive logs to use as planters. This is a more environmentally friendly way to go about making a log planter.
Building Your Planter
They’re also extraordinarily easy to make. When you go to acquire your log, try to pick a softer wood, like white pine for example. Softer wood makes for an easier log to hollow out. Once you’ve picked out a log, cut lines into the wood both diagonally and horizontally to create little triangles. Then, use a hammer and a screwdriver to chip away and pull chunks of the wood out. Take care to leave as much of a border as possible in the log in order to contain the soil.
Once your log is sufficiently hollowed out, you can get to work with planting! Fill your log with potting soil, compost, or another natural fertilizer and get planting.
Organic Slant on YouTube has a great tutorial for how to make one of these log planters. Check it out!