Today I’m sharing an easy woodworking tutorial to build a stacked hexagon planter or flower pot cover. This woodworking project is great for practicing miter cuts – you’ll be doing a lot! It’s also super cheap, ringing up at less than $10 in lumber.
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This wood flower pot measures 5 3/4″ tall with a 10 1/2″ opening at the top. The flower pot I’m using is 10″ wide at the top, 6 3/4″ tall and about 7 1/4″ wide at the bottom. It’s a standard sized plastic pot that hanging plants usually come in from the garden center.
The planter doesn’t have a bottom to allow for drainage from the flower pot.
You can see that my plastic flower pot peaks out of the top of the wood flower pot cover by about 1 inch. This doesn’t bother me because I’m hoping the little flowers I have in there start to take off. Once the flowers grow more, you won’t be able to see the plastic pot.
If you don’t like seeing the plastic pot, just make one more hexagon than the plans call for and use it as your top piece. I recommend cutting 6 1/4″ pieces for the additional top hexagon if you choose to make one to make your wood flower pot a little taller.
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Wood Flower Pot Supplies
- (5) 1x2x8 boards
- wood glue
- pin nailer
- miter saw
- wood stain or paint
Build your Wood Flower Pot
1. Cut hexagon pieces
This planter is made of 8 individual hexagons stacked on top of each other. Each hexagon is made of 6 trapezoid shaped pieces. All of the pieces are cut at a 30 degree angle.
Cut 6 pieces in each of the following lengths, measured the short side of the trapezoid:
- 4 1/4″
- 4 1/2″
- 4 3/4″
- 5 1/4″
- 5 1/2″
- 5 3/4″
This is a lot of miter cuts, but it really doesn’t take long. To make it quick, set your miter saw to cut at 30 degrees and cut one edge of your 1×2. Then flip the 1×2 over, slide it down and line up the shorter side to the right measurement on your miter saw fence. And repeat! Flip, measure, saw. Before you know it you’ll have all 48 hexagon pieces cut and ready to go.
2. Build hexagons
To build a hexagon, place 6 same size pieces together into a circle with the shorter sides in the middle. Ta da!
Connect each joint of the hexagon using wood glue and a pin nailer. I used 3/4″ nails for this. Let the glue dry for a couple hours before moving on to the next step.
3. Paint or Stain
Once you have finished building all of your hexagons I recommend painting or staining them before you put your planter together. It will be MUCH easier and quicker than trying to get a paint brush into all of the little corners once the flower pot is put together.
I initially stained my wood flower pot a with a medium-light stain. I didn’t mind this color, but it seemed a bit boring for the colorful backyard I’m working on. So, after assembling the planter I painted it yellow and I’m so happy I did. I think the fun pop of color makes it the perfect addition to my deck.
4. Start Stacking
Once your paint or stain has dried, you are ready to start stacking your hexagons. You’ll start with the smallest hexagon and work your way up.
Lay down the 4 1/4″ hexagon and stack the 4 1/2″ on top, offsetting the top one. Use wood glue and a pin nailer to attach the two hexagons.
I just made a circle of wood glue on the smaller hexagon and stacked the next one on top. Then I used a couple nails at each corner where the boards overlapped. This made a bit of a mess with the glue, but it’s easy enough to clean up.
DIY Wood Hexagon Planter
That’s it! Once your glue has dried you’re ready to put in your plant and put your wood flower pot on display. Whether you choose wood stain or paint, this wood flower pot is sure to add some interest to your potted flower garden.
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If you make a stacked hexagon wood flower pot please share it with me! I would love to see your creations.