Today’s DIY is one of my favorite and very simple to make. Its a small wall planter using scrap wood and test tube that I can hang without any drilling on dry wall. If you are in a rental home with restrictions about drilling holes on wall, this DIY test tube planter will be a cute add-on to your home. Conveniently, these test tubes can be removed for water refilling or replaced easily.
Indoor Plants are a great decor in any home with any color scheme or style. It will just brighten up your space and make it more fresh & lively. Its even proven to have psychological benefits. Since we move a lo, we avoid owning plants as movers won’t transport them. 🙁 Instead, we like to have small & less maintenance plants in our home. Pothos (money plant), succulents, aloe vera are great options.
- Jig saw or Miter saw
- Power drill
- Drill bits
- Sanding paper – 120 grit
- Upholstery needle
DIY – Test tube wall planter
How to build:
Cut the 1×4 dimensional lumber as per the above dimension. Then mark two points on top two corners. These holes are for hanging the planter using thick thread. Mark another point at 1.5″ from bottom at center. Drill using a forstner bit or a drill bit just deep enough to house the magnet and a 1/2″ screw. This screw will attract the magnet and hold it along with the planter test tube.
After cutting and drilling, sand the wood on all sides with 120 grit and clean with tack cloth. Then, finish it with clear PU coat. PU will enhance the visibility of dark wood grains on the light wood and will protect the wood.
Next, get the test tubes out and glue the magnet using E6000 or hot glue. I tried both to check if they can last long holding the weight of water & plant in long run. Both worked fine. Add a tape around the test tube holding the magnet in place. Once glue is completely dry do a test fit on the wood to check if the magnet sits snug and tight.
Hanging the Planter
Now, thread a upholstery needle and pass it into the holes we made on top two corners. Tie a knot once you are fine with the length and cut off excess. Find a wall with good sunlight and hang the planter using push pin on drywall.
The wood triangle will not stay flush to wall. So, add a small piece of double sided tape to the back. It can be easily removed without damaging the drywall.
Finally, fill the test tubes with water and add your choice of plants. Remember that this planter is only for small plants or for propagating new plants. Additionally, you have to refill water when the level goes down or replace water if it becomes cloudy. I specially made these for my pothos. When they grow more leaves, I will move it to a bigger pot or container. You can also have a single flower with long stem.