This post shares how I made a modern DIY plywood planter with hairpin legs. It’s a simple but chic large planter that will look great in any room.
Modern DIY plywood planter with hairpin legs
Hey guys! Today I’m finally sharing a project I made using the other half of the PureBond plywood sheet I used for the cat house side table. I made a coordinating planter! I wanted to put them in the same room, and I wanted them to complement one another without being too matchy matchy.
What do you think?!
Here’s what I used:
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- Purebond 3/4″ birch plywood (I used a different piece of scrap plywood for the base, which is why it looks a bit different)
- 12″ plastic drainage saucer
- 8″ hairpin legs
- KregJig K4 (you’ll also likely need a shorter pocket hole bit)
- Table saw or skill saw
- Drill and shorter pocket hole bit/square bit or right angle attachment depending on your drill
- Orbital sander
- Black latex paint
- Black spray paint
- Minwax stain in Pickled Oak
- Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane in Matte
- (2) XX” x XX” A pieces
- (2) XX” x XX” B pieces
- (1) XX” x XX” C pieces
And here’s how I made my modern DIY plywood planter with hairpin legs.
Step 1: First I cut my pieces. We cashed in some help form my dad in the form of using his table saw. Then I sanded all of the rough spots and edges.
Step 2: I drilled pocket holes as follows. (Note: I did not end up using the bottom pocket hole on the bottom of the side pieces because I couldn’t reach it. Oops! So no need to drill that one.)
Note that All of my sides were Purebond plywood, but the base was a scrap piece of regular plywood I wanted to use up. That’s why it looks different. It’s actually a nice comparison so you can see how different the quality is.
Step 3: I used pocket hole screws to attach one of the A pieces to one of the B pieces. Then I repeated that step for the other A and B pieces, which left me with two L-shaped pieces.
I took one of the pieces and attached it to piece C (the bottom) using pocket hole screws. Then I repeated this step for the other L-shaped piece. (Depending on the size of your drill, you will likely need a shorter pocket hole bit or right angle attachment to reach some of the trickier holes.)
Step 4: I painted the inside black and stained the outside using Minwax Pickled Oak and three coats of Varathane water-based polyurethane in Matte (same stain and finish as the cat house side table).
After everything was dry, I flipped the planter over and used wood screws to attach the 8-inch hairpin legs.
Step 5: I removed the handle to my bucket and gave the bucket a coat of black spray paint. Once the paint dried, I used my drill and a large bit to drill two drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket.
And here’s the finished DIY plywood planter with hairpin legs.