If you have some molding leftover from a reno project, give this DIY Fluted Planter a try. It uses 3/4″ quarter round molding and is big enough to house small plants like succulents and cacti. I was lucky enough to adopt a flock of succulents recently and realized I ran out of planters. That was bound to happen at some point since I keep picking up every plant that crosses my path… I needed to make planters fast and I happened to have quarter-round molding on hand. This is a twist on the trendy fluted look, with the sharp edges of the molding looking outward 😃
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- 3/4″ quarter round molding (8 feet / 2.4m)
- Cardboard or thin plywood
- Glue gun
- Terracotta paint (this one is perfect, affordable and great quality!)
- Sanding sponges or sander
Step 1: Cut the molding
To start measure the height of the plant pot you want to place inside the planter. Cut your quarter round molding into pieces the size of your plant pot plus 1/2″ (1.5cm). You will need 14 pieces of molding to make one planter. I was able to make 2 planters by cutting the molding into 4″ pieces and this used up nearly all of my 8 feet length of molding.
For the bottom of the planter, cut a 3″ circle. You can use either plywood or thick cardboard. I tested both and there seems to be no difference in terms of strength between the 2 planters. Plywood is probably a better choice if you want to use the planter for a plant that needs frequent watering.
Step 2: Glue the planter
When your pieces are ready, start glueing them around the bottom disk using your glue gun. Apply a drop of glue near the end of the piece of molding and press it against the cardboard/ plywood circle.
Hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue cools down. Keep glueing the pieces around the base until you close the planter.
Next, apply a thin line of glue inside the planter, between each piece of molding. This will help strengthen the planter and make sure there is no gap between the pieces.
Once the glue has cooled down, sand the top of the planter until all the pieces are at the same height. The top should be nice and smooth, without any splinters. You can also sand the edges lightly if needed.
Step 3: Paint the planter
To finish off, apply a coat of paint to the planter. You will also need to paint inside of the planter, at least an inch or 2 down. I used matte paint in terracotta and peach. These lovely and soft shades contrast really well with the sharpness of the planters!
And voila! These planters are sure to bring a lot of visual interest to your decor, especially if you make a couple in different colors!