How to Make My Own PVC Planters

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Use PVC pipe to create a decorative garden planter to display your flowers or vegetables. PVC pipe can be spray-painted and requires no maintenance. A simple, attractive three-tier design can be assembled in minutes using precut PVC pipe and fittings. Making a PVC planter is easy enough that young children can assist with the assembly. The affordability and widespread availability of PVC pipe makes using it for planters a practical alternative to more expensive wood containers.

Things You'll Need

  • 16 PVC corner connectors, three-way
  • 2 PVC pipes, 18 inches long
  • 8 PVC pipes, 24 inches long
  • 6 PVC pipes, 12 inches long
  • 6 PVC pipes, 6 inches long
  • 2 PVC pipes, 36 inches long
  • Plastic window planters or plywood cut to fit
  • Place a three-way corner connector on each end of the two 18-inch segments of pipe. Face the connector openings upward and toward the other segment. Place a 24-inch piece of pipe between each horizontal connector opening. Angle the resulting rectangle so that the 24-inch segment faces you.

  • Place 12-inch pipes in the front two corner connectors. Place a corner connector on each 12-inch pipe so that one opening faces the opposite 12-inch pipe and the other opening lines up with the rest of the rectangle. Connect the openings that face each other with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

  • Place a 6-inch piece of pipe in the other connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one opening upward and the other facing the opposite side of the planter. Connect the opposite sides with a 24-inch pipe.

  • Place a 12-inch piece of pipe in the upward-facing connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one end of the opening toward the opposite side of the planter. Align the other with the planter base. Connect the two sides with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

  • Place a 6-inch segment in the other connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one opening upward and the other facing the opposite side. Connect both sides with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

  • Place a 12-inch pipe in the upward-facing connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one side toward the opposite side of the planter; align the other with the base. Place a 6-inch segment of pipe on the end.

  • Place a 36-inch piece of pipe in the back corner connectors. Connect the top of the 36-inch pipes with the 6-inch pipes, using a three-way connector. Place a 24-inch pipe between the three-way connectors.

  • Fill plastic window planters with soil and place them in the shelf trays, or cover the shelves with plywood cut to fit and place potted plants on top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store soil and other plant-care items under the planter. Conceal the items by draping fabric over the sides of the planter.
  • Spray-paint the entire project before setting the planters or plywood shelf in place.
  • Dry-fit the entire project before gluing it together. This will help prevent mistakes.

References

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