How To Make a Succulent Planter From Books

Have you ever been intrigued by elegant photos of succulent or cactus planters on the Internet? Take notice and you will find that they adorably grow out from anything: old tires, bricks, fishing net, or even books! These planters are such a great inspiration for creativity that you can also make one by yourself, depending on the limit of your imagination. With your own tools: band saws, drill, sander… you can make it easily.

Below is the instruction of making planter from books that you can take as an example. But first, just take a look at the materials:

  • Succulent (or cactus)
  •  A hardback book
  • Clamps
  • Potting soil and rocks
  • Drill
  • Paintbrush
  • Polyacrylic paint
  • Wood: 2 pieces
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • X-acto knife
  • PVA glue
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun with extra glue sticks
  • Sandpaper
  • Hardware cloth
  • Protective eyewear

Once you have prepared all the necessary materials and tools, you can start to make your very unique planter.

Step One – Firstly, you have to make a template for drilling through the book. Take a piece of wood and drill a hole into it.

Step Two – Secondly, mark a center point on top of the book, which is the hole’s position.

Step Three – Then, put the drilled piece of wood on the top of the book while another piece on the opposite side. Tightly hold the book between them.

Step Four – After sandwiching the book between pieces, you now have to clamp it to a hard table. 

Step Five – At this stage, you start drilling through the book. Never forget to wear a protective eyewear for safety reason. Now, drill bit by bit with about 1 or 2 inches each time. After every few inches, stop drilling and use the pliers to get rid of paper from the hole attachment. Continue to drill until the hole’s path goes through both the book as well as its back cover.

Step Six – In this next step, use a sharp utility knife to create a square surrounding the hole. You have to cut right through the pages with about ¼ inch depth. This is the place of your drainage screen.

Step Seven – You continue with putting a piece of window screen neatly into the square, then put a square piece of the hardware cloth on its top. Firmly fix them both with hot PVA glue.

Step Eight – Attach the back cover with glue and hold it down about a minute so it is set.

Step Nine – Close the book with clamp, then paste a decent layer of glue all over the pages and the inside of the hole. You should let it rest for a few hours.

Step Ten – You have basically finished the main steps. Now it is time for decorating your planter. Use a brush to apply polyacrylic to the book’s bottom. After the first coat is dry, add one more layer of paint and wait until the entire bottom is completely dry. Likewise, turn over the book to proceed with the top and sides. Each surface should have 2 layers of coat. Finally, let the planter dry for about 24 – 48 hours.

Step Eleven – After waiting for 1-2 days, you now can add soil, delicate succulents and top it with pretty tiny rocks.

In the end, you can see that there is much joy and excitement when you create such a thing on your own. it can be a fun way to spend some spare time, it can be a great hobby or it can be something great you can make for someone that means a lot to you. A little bit of hard work goes a long way.

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