DIY flower pots made from logs

 
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Make DIY flower pots from logs

Whether it's simply varnished or colourfully painted, these pots are sure to impress.

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    Bring the great outdoors into the comfort of your living room! Logs made from felled trees aren’t just good for firewood: you can also use them to make DIY flower pots. Take a look at our step-by-step guide for instructions. We’ve also listed all the tools you need.

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    Other accessories:

    • Forstner bit: 50 mm
    • Plunge cut saw blade
    • Ear protectors
    • Pencil
    • Face mask
    • Floor protector or cover sheets
    • Tape measure
    • Protective goggles
    • Mallet
    • Mortice chisel
    • Work gloves

    Required materials:

    • Logs of various sizes: 30–50 cm x 20–30 cm (H x D)
    • Clear or matt varnish for wood
    • Paint in a colour of your choice (opt.)
    • Cling film for the inner lining
    • Drainage material, such as expanded clay

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    Mark out the dimensions for the DIY plant pots

    1 - Mark out the dimensions for the DIY plant pots
    Mark out the dimensions for the DIY plant pots

    What you need: Pencil, tape measure, logs

    First step is to source your logs and to cut them to size. It’s easiest to get your logs cut by a carpenter or a timber merchant in your area. Or if you’re going to buy your logs at a hardware store, you should also be able to get your wood cut there. Alternatively, you can cut them yourself using a chain saw. If you want to use wood from a tree that has only been felled recently, leave it indoors for a few days to let it dry out sufficiently. Otherwise signs of mould may start to appear on the surface of your DIY plant pot. It’s best to choose logs with different lengths for more variety.

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    Hollow out the log to make an opening for the flower tub

    2 - Hollow out the log to make an opening for the flower tub
    Hollow out the log to make an opening for the flower tub Hollow out the log to make an opening for the flower tub

    What you need: impact drill, Forstner bit: 50 mm, vacuum, Mortice chisel, Mallet, protective goggles

    To make a DIY flower pot out of the log, hollow out roughly half of it. The easiest way to do this is to use a large Forstner bit to bore several holes in the log, then hollow out the bits in between to create one big hole. To do this, place the mortice chisel against the wood and tap the end with the mallet to chip away at the inside of the log. You can remove the wood shavings afterwards using a cordless vacuum cleaner.

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    Remove the bark at the bottom of the log

    3 - Remove the bark at the bottom of the log
    Remove the bark at the bottom of the log

    What you need: multi-function tool, plunge cut saw blade for wood for the multi-function tool, work gloves, protective goggles

    Now the hollowed-out log is starting to look more like a DIY flower pot. Make the outside of the log look nicer by using a multi-function tool and a suitable saw or scraper attachment to remove the bark from the bottom part. When doing so, secure the log against a workbench to ensure that it doesn’t slip.

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    Sand down the log thoroughly where you have removed the bark

    4 - Sand down the log thoroughly where you have removed the bark
    Sand down the log thoroughly where you have removed the bark

    What you need: multi-sander, sanding sheet for multi-sander G120, work gloves

    Once you’ve removed the bark, sand down the wood thoroughly using a multi-sander and 120-grit sanding paper. This will help you get rid of the last bits of bark and remove any splinters.

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    Apply a coat of varnish or paint to your DIY plant pot to finish it off

    5 - Apply a coat of varnish or paint to your DIY plant pot to finish it off
    Apply a coat of varnish or paint to your DIY plant pot to finish it off

    What you need: paint spray system, protective paper or film , face mask, disposable gloves, clear or matt varnish, paint in the colour of your choice

    Now it’s time for the final step. Coat your flower pots in clear or matt varnish to protect the wood. To add a dash of colour, you can also paint the area where you have removed the bark.

    But first, it’s best to lay a protective sheet on the ground and tape over the parts of the log which you don’t want to paint or varnish beforehand. Once you’ve put on your safety gear, fill the paint spray system with varnish or paint and apply an even coat to the log.

    Let it dry thoroughly and then line the inside of the flower pot before adding the first plant. To protect the wood from getting damp, it’s best to use cling film or pond liner. To ensure your DIY pot plant doesn’t become too damp after watering, you should add a drainage layer such as expanded clay, which is especially well-suited for indoor plants. Your pot is now ready for to be filled with plants!



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    Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


     

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