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How to Make a Wood Log Planter for Succulents

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A Real Wooden Log Planter

If you have a pile of logs laying around your yard for flame timber or various other tasks, this project is for you! This shallow wood log planter is perfect for succulents or other small plants and makes an impressive outdoor showing. It’s made from a real wooden log and hollowed out with a drill press/ hole ensure combo and chisel. And best of all, this project costs less than $40 to make and can be finished in an afternoon or less, making it one of our favorite wood log projects.

Log Planter Project Directions: How to hollow out a log

To begin, select a log to your liking. We selected a log that had some character to it with a bit of moss and discoloration. The important factor here is that it is dry and not wet in the middle. Next, there are a variety of methods to choose from in order to hollow out the timber log. Here are a couple of options to choose from: using a chainsaw to carve out the middle or utilizing a Forstner bit in a drill to make pits and then engraving the edges out with a chisel. However, we chose to use a 3-in. diameter hole find in a drill press to carve out the middle of our log planter because we used a hardwood.

Wood log planter attach board to stabalize

1. Stabilize the Wood Log

Find the most stable position for the log and attach the base side to a board. This wood board should be slightly longer and wider than the log. Next, attach the board to the log with long fucks. It is important to place the log further back on the wood committee so it can ride against the fence of the drill press, allowing your hole find cuts to be consistently parallel across the wood log. However, leave enough room so the log is not directly up against the fence thus scraping off the bark. The board on the log will help stabilize the log when cutting into it with a hole ensure and drill press.

hole saw drill press log planter

2. Cut Into the Wood Log

Before you begin trim into the log, it’s smart to roughly mark the region for where you want the opening to be. We measured our opening to have about 2 inches of bark on each side. Now it’s time to carve out the wood, so securely fasten the log onto the drill press table. We used a 3-in. diameter pit watched in a drill press to cut into the log. Make several overlapping cuts with the hole assured as deep as it goes until you reach your desired log planter opening length. The max depth for our pit assured was 1-1/ 2 in. and the desired depth for the planter opening is 3 in ., so we’ll need to make a second pass after approximately chiseling out this top layer of hole assured cuts.

log planter hole saw cuts second pass

3. Make a Second Pass with the Hole Saw

After chiseling out the top layer of hole saw cuts, make a second pass with the hole find until the planter opening is 3 in. deep.

log planter chisel and hammer opening

4. Carve Out Planter Opening

After the hole watched has done it’s job, remove the hole find cuts with a chisel and a mallet or hammer. Smoothing out the edges takes up the most time, but since the log planter will be filled with dirt and succulents anyway, it doesn’t need be perfect. The biggest challenge here is to not chip off the bark.

log planter pour charcoal

5. Add Charcoal to the Base of the Planter

Add a layer of activated charcoal evenly across the base of the wood log planter. Activated charcoal assistances with air filtration and is found at most garden centres. This drainage layer helps ensure that excess water doesn’t stay in the soil and cause root and log rot.

log planter planting succulents

6. Plant Your Succulents

Remove the succulents from their plastic containers and move them to their new home in the timber log planter. We selected a variety of textures, heights, colours and thickness of succulents to add visual interest and dimension to the planter. Decide and scheme out what looking you are going for when shopping for succulents at your local garden center.

log planter cactus soil

7. Add Soil

Once all of your succulents are placed in their desired locatings, add more soil around the plants so they don’t wiggle around. Firm the soil around the plant by pressing gently with your hands, and water the succulents when done. We used cactus mix potting soil because it offer a great soil structure and drainage for succulent plants.

It is also important to note that succulents don’t flourish when they sit in wet soil, so don’t over water your plant. Merely water the succulent when the soil is dry and never water when wet or moist. And if you are worried about over watering your plant, place pebbles or gravel at the base of your planter to allow for drainage( like mentioned in step 5 ).

completed shot of succulent log planter above

8. Finishing Up Your Log Planter

You can give this succulent log planter as gift but be sure to make and keep one for yourself! They make a great centerpiece for a terrace table or will fit right in within a windowcill. Now go check out these 14 ways to decorate with succulents around your home!

Materials& Tools

One wood log, cut to desired length Scrap timber board, cut to desired length Two 1-1/ 4 in. bolts Drill Hole assured Drill press Chisel Hammer or mallet Activated charcoal Small gardening trowel Desired quantity of succulents Cactus mixture potting clay

succulent wood log planter finished shot

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