10 Things Made from Recycled Wood



With some old cedar, a few supplies and a little elbow grease, you can create your own planter.
With some old cedar, a few supplies and a little elbow grease, you can create your own planter.
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Got some old cedar lying around? Then it's time to make a flower box.

Cedar is a soft wood that's both durable and resistant to weather and frequent watering. That's what makes it perfect for flower or plant boxes you put outside on your balcony or in your backyard. If you plan to make a planter for inside your home, you can also use woods like pine, cherry or maple [source: Essortment].

You can make your planter any size, depending on the types of plants or flowers you'll use to fill it. But before starting, be sure to draw a plan so you know how much wood you'll need.

Build the frame first by fastening strips of wood into the shape of a rectangle. Then, attach panels to the sides and ends and across the bottom. Do this by applying a bead of wood glue at the point the panels attach to the frame, nailing them together and drilling a screw into each joint.

Start with attaching the side panels, then the end panels, making sure they are flush with the frame. Before attaching the bottom panels, make sure your box forms a perfect square or rectangle. If necessary, adjust the box until it is square. Then, glue the panels to the bottom and drill screws into each corner [source: Rohde].

Finish it off by drilling holes in the bottom, or leave a gap between the panels for water drainage. Sand down rough edges or splinters and apply a stain, seal or primer that matches your home décor or garden.

Then, put your potted plants or flowers in the box. You can also line the bottom with plastic, layer it with gravel and fill it with soil or potting mix formulated for container plants, then add your flowers. Don't forget to cut holes in the plastic to line up with the drainage holes in the bottom of the planter so you don't drown your pansies.

Next up: a home for your books.