yellow stacked hexagon flower pot

Stacked Hexagon Wood Flower Pot DIY Tutorial

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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build this wood flower pot for less than $10

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.

stained stacked hexagon diy wood flower pot with purple and pink flowers

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

You can find my whole list of recommended beginner woodworking tools here.

view of stacked hexagon wood flower pot from top

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″
  • 5 1/4″
  • 5 1/2″
  • 5 3/4″
  • 6″
stacked hexagon planter woodworking tutorial, cut list

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.

how to cut hexagon pieces on a miter saw
how to cut hexagon pieces on a miter saw

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.

pin nailer and wood glue to build a stacked hexagon flower pot
pin nails holding together hexagons

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.

yellow diy wood flower pot

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.

stack hexagons to create wood flower pot with wood glue
diy wood flower pot

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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build this easy hexagon flower pot

I want to hear from you!

If you make a stacked hexagon wood flower pot please share it with me! I would love to see your creations.

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