How to Make PVC Planters


PVC is a lightweight, inexpensive plumbing material that may be used for a variety of other home and garden projects. You can make furniture, arbors, greenhouses fencing, plant stands and planters from this versatile material. Camouflage PVC pipe with spray paint, latex or acrylics to hide the base material and decorate your designs. One of the simplest items you can make for your garden from PVC pipe is a hanging planter. Plant herbs, flowers, strawberries and other shallow-rooted plants to maximize space.

Step 1

Cut a 24-inch long section of four-inch-diameter PVC pipe, using a pipe cutter or a hacksaw.

Step 2

Mark dots along and around the cut PVC pipe where you plan to insert plants, using a marker. Stagger the rows to give the plants room to grow. For example, mark three spots in a row along one side of the PVC pipe, turn the pipe 90 degrees and mark two spots between each of the first three. Turn the pipe 90 degrees again and mark another row of three, similar to the first row. Turn the pipe another 90 degrees and mark the last row of two, similar to the second row.

Step 3

Drill 1 1/2-inch holes over each mark.

Step 4

Place the four-inch diameter PVC end cap on a flat work surface, Brace the end cap for drilling with a clamp or hold it steady with your hand. Drill four 1/8-inch-diameter drainage holes toward the center of the end cap.

Step 5

Cover the outside rim of one end of the PVC pipe and the inside rim of the end cap with PVC primer. Wait 10 seconds. Coat the same areas with PVC cement. Quickly insert the four-inch pipe into the end cap. Hold the two together for 15 seconds.

Step 6

Drill four 1/8-inch-diameter holes 1/2 inch from the rim of the PVC pipe without the end cap. Drill the four holes so that they are positioned at the north, south, east and west points of the pipe.

Step 7

Insert a small S hook into each hole at the top of the PVC pipe. Hook the ends of a length of small chain to the north and south points and to the east and west points to make a hanger for the planter.

Step 8

Insert the roots of your plants through the outside of the 1 1/2-inch-diameter holes. Fill the PVC pipe with potting soil.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-inch-diameter PVC pipe
  • Measuring tape
  • Pipe cutter
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • 1 1/2-inch-diameter drill bit
  • 1/8-inch-diameter drill bit
  • 4-inch diameter PVC end cap
  • Clamp
  • PVC primer
  • PVC cement
  • 4 small S hooks
  • 2 lengths of small chain
  • Potting soil


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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.