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DIY dowel planter box tutorial

DIY dowel planter box tutorial

Spring is so close we can almost reach it!

For us, Spring is the perfect time to freshen up our homes with a wave of new colours and more plant life.

Our latest DIY combines our love of natural timber and sorbet colours. You do need some wood work skills (or to enlist the help of a friend) but boy do we love the results! We’re even thinking of converting this baby into a side table by adding a removable lid.


Items you will need:

  • 2m dowel for legs
  • 15m half round dowel (you may need slightly more or less depending on the size of planter you decide to make)
  • Piece of MDF wood
  • Paint (we used Pineapple Sherbet, Sugared Peach, Erie and Spearmint by Haymes)
  • Paint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • 8 L brackets
  • Screws for timber
  • Super glue (we used T Rex from Soudal)


1. Make a box out of MDF wood and the L brackets. Ours is 40cm wide by 20cm high.

Begin box

2. Screw two extra pieces of MDF wood as a base so you can rest your pot plant inside.

Make box

3. Screw on 4 dowel legs (screwing from inside the box to avoid the dowel splintering) and add timber brackets between the legs to secure them in place.

Screw on legs

4. Cut your half round dowel down to 35cm lengths and paint some of these in your sorbet colours.

Paint dowel

5. Glue the half round dowel around the face of the box using super strength glue. We stuck the dowel 2cm higher than the MDF wood so the pot plant would be hidden.

Glue dowel

Once completely dry, add your greenery and style in your home!




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