I wish I could take credit for this idea. I first spotted this nifty planter idea a few years back in Kerry Russel's very hip home in Brooklyn.
It is now standing up without support. Yahoo. One of my pet-peeves about large houseplants are their containers. I don't really like the way a plant looks when it is placed inside a larger, nicer looking container -like a basket for example. From a distance it looks nice but I'm not a fan of the fake moss or other camouflaging techniques that hide the pot within a pot reality that is required for most large plants because of drainage.
For me this is a great solution. I had the box on hand and some leftover cedar paneling from the shed project that made this project pretty easy. I was very lucky in that the width of the box took seven panels exactly so that I didn't need to rip anything, which is good because this housewife doesn't own a table saw.
I just cross-cut everything to size and then figured out where and how big the trunk opening needed to be. I used a japanese handsaw for this which I will post about some other time. This frigoverre lid was the right circumference to trace for the trunk.
I used a coping saw for the pieces that had a shorter radius...(Sawdust in the house? No matter).And a skilsaw for the bigger radiuses because the coping saw could not turn that corner. I used a very fine-toothed blade for the best cut. Ideally you'd have a band saw and a spindle sander for this but making do with what I had for tools worked out fine.
I used some thin slats to hold the panels together, making sure to leave room at the sides and ends so the lid would fall in place.3/4" brads held everything in place.
And of course it has to be two-pieced so that you can get it around the trunk and have future access to the plant to water it.I finished the top with butcher's wax but left the box alone.
This is an especially good system if you have a little one or pets that like to get in the dirt!