Make Your Own Do-it-Yourself Planter Boxes
Here are some elegant planters that range from the whimsical to the purely elegant, that you can buy or make. In lieu of a full lush lawn, here is a nod to just the idea of a lawn from Metaphys, that is quite droll. I especially like the squarish one that seems to be designed to be picked up and moved to provide your view.
Unlikely plastic objects like these abound, if we just keep an eye out for shapes that can hold a little dirt for our tiny lawn.
This example of the undaunted spontaneous energy of weeds pushing through bricks gives you the strength to keep trying when nothing seems to be going right. Get the ‘Weeds’ planter by Arwin Calouj or make your own using a few old reclaimed bricks.
Here are some planters that range from the expensive to the staggeringly expensive, from Urban Nature.
Simple, elegant cube-shaped planters like these from Stone Forest are easily made. You can buy 5 slate, or limestone, or travertine tiles for about a dollar or two each, and glue them together into cube planter boxes. These are about $140.
These gorgeous Obleeek planters are available through Urban Nature for as much as $1,000.
But a smaller much cheaper version could be recreated using plaster of Paris or concrete mix.
You need one large and one small plastic bowl, and a little plastic bottle cap to be the mold for a drainage hole at the bottom of your planter.
One big bowl: the size you want to make the outside, and the small bowl: the size that you want to make the scooped out hole for the plant itself. Place the little bowl on top of the bottle cap inside the big bowl, hold the interior bowl down on top of the bottle cap, and pour your concrete/plaster of Paris mix in around it to fill the big bowl. Wait…
The bottle cap is making the drainage hole in the bottom, by blocking the concrete from filling the space. The smaller bowl inside is blocking the concrete from filling the big bowl, creating the scooped out hole for plants.
When the concrete or plaster of Paris sets, pull the little plastic bowl and the plastic bottle cap out and dump out the concrete mold by pulling away the big bowl, et voila!
Or perhaps not. Oops. Well, you can always buy direct from the designer Obleeek for much less than from Urban Nature.