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DIY

- Make your own bamboo planter

We often receive pictures from customers who have made their own planters from our bamboo. When we post them, there are often many questions about how to do it. It is quite easy to make a planter from bamboo. In this blog you will learn how.

Ingredients:

You can buy a kit here especially to make a planter. 

It contains 80-100 cm of bamboo, enough rope for 1 planter and a drill. If you have some bamboo of your own, it is good to look at the diameter of the stick. The diameter of the stick is leading in how deep the planter will be, so the bigger the better.

To help you visually make a planter, we also have a video on our IGTV stand. 

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Step 1. Decide how long you want your planter to be

This step involves determining how long/large the planter should be. The video shows a variant with 1 and 2 containers. It is also possible to make one with 3 containers. This also depends on the space you have. Make sure you have enough space at both partitions. Count on about 20 centimetres.

Step 2. Sawing in the sides

Take a few centimetres of the bulkhead (on the inside) and saw in to about half. Measure out the same depth on the other side. In this way, you will have two sawn-in pieces on both sides of the planter.

Step 3. Loosening the scale

Place a chisel or screwdriver at right angles to the bamboo where you sawed it. Here you give a few taps with a hammer. Bamboo always splits lengthways. You can thus split the bamboo to the end with relatively little effort. Repeat this for the other side. Then, if you have cut well, you can take out half the bowl. Tip: This is great fun to use with a bamboo wind chime. Read more about this in this blog.

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Step 4. Trimming the edges

After tapping off the half shell, you often have irregular edges with a high risk of splinters. If you have a sharp chisel like us, you can polish it with the chisel. Otherwise, there is now enough room to make everything even with your saw.

Step 5. Drill holes for the rope

Now it's time to drill 10mm holes on both sides with the drill and the bamboo drill. You can choose to drill one hole on each side and thus tie the rope straight. You can also choose to drill two holes to make two loops on each side. But before you put the rope in, it is time for the next step.

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Tip: If you hang the planter outside (where rainwater can get in), it is important to drill holes in the bottom as well. You do not need to use a plastic cover. This is to prevent too much water from standing in and drowning the plant, as it were.

Step 6. Sand, sand, sand!

Even if you have already sanded it a little, it is important to sand all the edges well. You can also sand the newly drilled holes nicely on the inside. That way you can be sure that you won't get any splinters.

Step 7. Treating the bamboo

Because you have been working with the bamboo, it is completely open. To give the bamboo a nice nourished look, we recommend you to lubricate it with Bamboo Booster oil. Use a care towel and with a little booster, you can polish the bamboo nicely. Wait about an hour after you have done this before you continue. This way, the oil can be absorbed into the bamboo.

Step 8. Stringing the rope

Now we are finally going to put the rope through. The manila rope sometimes frays at the ends. Cut it off well and pass it through immediately. Then you can make a simple knot on the inside. We used three different ways to hang our flower boxes. You can see clearly on the video how they all hang. The first is with one long piece of string that goes through both holes. The second has two small loops to hang them from. The last one has two loose pieces of rope to hang it from. In the end, it doesn't matter what you choose here, it's all about what you like best. 

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Step 9. Planting!

Now you can put nice plants or flowers in it. If you hang it inside, it is nice to put in basil, mint or thyme, for example. For these outdoor containers, we have chosen to put these lovely flowers in. It is important that you put a plastic cover in to prevent the bamboo from rotting from the inside. You can do this with root canvas, or just cut open a rubbish bag. With your plants, you can hide the edges so that it is not noticeable.

Then all you have to do is hang it up where you want and your bamboo planter is ready! Did you make the planter too? How was it? Let us know via social media!

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