Make a Decorative & Functional Herb Garden Planter for Under $15

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Introduction:

This article is a picture based tutorial on how to build a planter that accommodates 4 plants that you can mount on your wall and which allows for proper drainage of the plants. I made this article because I found that all of the tutorials I looked up online didn't take into account drainage and the hazards of root rot and fungus to plants without proper drainage. This planter has the added bonus that it is beautiful and good as a decoration. Feel free to modify and adapt this idea to your own needs. Please remember safety first at all times.

This is the end product.
This is the end product.

Stuff you need:

8 Walmart glass cups. $8 for 8. These are the 12 oz cups. They must sit on top of each other with some space between to allow for drainage.
8 Walmart glass cups. $8 for 8. These are the 12 oz cups. They must sit on top of each other with some space between to allow for drainage.
4 pipe clamps that are a bit bigger than the cups. $4 for 4.
4 pipe clamps that are a bit bigger than the cups. $4 for 4.
Old cupboard door salvaged from a remodel. Free.
Old cupboard door salvaged from a remodel. Free.
Decorative pebbles. You can find nice pebbles for free if you look, but we had a bag of these floating around. If you want to buy Ii think these were $3. I used half the bag, so you can build more planters if you want.
Decorative pebbles. You can find nice pebbles for free if you look, but we had a bag of these floating around. If you want to buy Ii think these were $3. I used half the bag, so you can build more planters if you want.
Picture mounts with screws. I had these spare, but you can get what you need for $3. Screws are better than nails because they hold better.
Picture mounts with screws. I had these spare, but you can get what you need for $3. Screws are better than nails because they hold better.
Potting soil or garden dirt of your choice. You wont need much. I got mine from the garden we are sharing with a neighbor. It was free for me. As for plants, that is up to you. I have seen starts in nurseries, but I got seeds.
Potting soil or garden dirt of your choice. You wont need much. I got mine from the garden we are sharing with a neighbor. It was free for me. As for plants, that is up to you. I have seen starts in nurseries, but I got seeds.

Tools you need:

Goggles to protect your eyes against glass dust. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
Goggles to protect your eyes against glass dust. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
A mask to shield against glass dust. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
A mask to shield against glass dust. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
Masking tape to prevent cracking of glass, act as a holder for the drill bit and hold the glass together just in case the glass does break. This tape was left over from painting which is why it is green. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
Masking tape to prevent cracking of glass, act as a holder for the drill bit and hold the glass together just in case the glass does break. This tape was left over from painting which is why it is green. DO NOT DRILL WITHOUT THIS!
A drill will do as well, but this variable speed Dremel (rotary tool) allows for more control.
A drill will do as well, but this variable speed Dremel (rotary tool) allows for more control.
Pliers, permanent marker, wire snips and screwdriver. You will need this for mounting the pipe clamps on the board, cutting off excess bits from the clamps and installing the picture mounts on the back.
Pliers, permanent marker, wire snips and screwdriver. You will need this for mounting the pipe clamps on the board, cutting off excess bits from the clamps and installing the picture mounts on the back.

Prep Work:

Tape over the bottom. The first layer just covered the area we are working on.
Tape over the bottom. The first layer just covered the area we are working on.
The second layer tapes over the edges and then tape a circle around the ends to prevent movement etc. This also provides a nice insulating hand hold for when you are drilling.
The second layer tapes over the edges and then tape a circle around the ends to prevent movement etc. This also provides a nice insulating hand hold for when you are drilling.

Drilling Glass:

The initial drilling will be rather boring. Apply firm preasure downward on the glass. Make sure you are working on a firm surface outside.
The initial drilling will be rather boring. Apply firm preasure downward on the glass. Make sure you are working on a firm surface outside.
Once you get through the tape you will smell a little smoke and the tape will blacken a bit around the edges of the bit.
Once you get through the tape you will smell a little smoke and the tape will blacken a bit around the edges of the bit.
The friction from the drilling will melt some of the glass. This is normal. Be careful when pulling the bit out.
The friction from the drilling will melt some of the glass. This is normal. Be careful when pulling the bit out.
It is hard to see in the picture, but the bit is glowing. Give the bit about 30 seconds to cool down before going on to the next cup.
It is hard to see in the picture, but the bit is glowing. Give the bit about 30 seconds to cool down before going on to the next cup.
It took about 4 minutes to drill through 4 cups. This includes the learning curve.
It took about 4 minutes to drill through 4 cups. This includes the learning curve.

Installing:

I used the masking tape from the drilling to pick up any bits of glass from the bottom both inside and out.
I used the masking tape from the drilling to pick up any bits of glass from the bottom both inside and out.
Put the pipe clamp on the bottom cup and tighten it down and then if you wish, mark the edge where you want to trim the excess metal.
Put the pipe clamp on the bottom cup and tighten it down and then if you wish, mark the edge where you want to trim the excess metal.
Using the wire clippers firmly clamp down on the cut line. Do this from both directions.
Using the wire clippers firmly clamp down on the cut line. Do this from both directions.
I was taking the picture so you don't see the other part of this, but using the pliers at the edge of cut line then use the wire clippers on the scrap piece and bend repeatedly until it breaks.
I was taking the picture so you don't see the other part of this, but using the pliers at the edge of cut line then use the wire clippers on the scrap piece and bend repeatedly until it breaks.
Place the pebbles in the bottom of the cups allowing for some space between the bottom of the top glass. This allows for drainage while keeping the entire thing pretty.
Place the pebbles in the bottom of the cups allowing for some space between the bottom of the top glass. This allows for drainage while keeping the entire thing pretty.
Using the cups put together I spaced and marked the screw points for the pipe clamps
Using the cups put together I spaced and marked the screw points for the pipe clamps
I had to do a little drilling on the clamp to allow for the screw to make it through. I made sure the screws would not go through the back of the board. If you may have that problem, try small bolts with nuts and washers.
I had to do a little drilling on the clamp to allow for the screw to make it through. I made sure the screws would not go through the back of the board. If you may have that problem, try small bolts with nuts and washers.
All 4 clamps mounted on the board.
All 4 clamps mounted on the board.
Place the cups in the pipe clamps and then tighten it down to where you want the cups to rest. If you want to loosen the clamps slightly after this it will allow you to remove the bottom cup without a screw driver to empty the drained water.
Place the cups in the pipe clamps and then tighten it down to where you want the cups to rest. If you want to loosen the clamps slightly after this it will allow you to remove the bottom cup without a screw driver to empty the drained water.
Install the brackets on the back. Space them out wide enough to allow a good center of gravity. Make sure they are level with each other.
Install the brackets on the back. Space them out wide enough to allow a good center of gravity. Make sure they are level with each other.
This is the end product mounted on our wall under a picture. The herb seeds are planted in the soil.
This is the end product mounted on our wall under a picture. The herb seeds are planted in the soil.

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carcamping 5 years ago

Very interesting concept!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Neat idea to use as springboard for a wide variety of designs! Love having fresh herbs available! Voted up.


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JenJen0703 5 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A.

I like the idea, would love to see pictures of after...


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larry71 5 years ago from Illinois

Very nice job. I like the simplicity of it. Function and attractive,all while being inexpensive.

Very good hub. Voting up for sure. Keep up the good work.


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Vicki99 5 years ago from Meridian Idaho

What a great idea! Love the pictures.


Rock-Roost 5 years ago

Wonderful! Always wondered how to make a wall planter without having the drainage issue. This solves the problem. Thanks!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Wow! This is awesome. I have always had trouble growing herbs in my condo but now I can follow your easy instructions to configure a planter that will work for me. Thanks so much, voting up!


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ibbarkingmad 4 years ago from Utah Author

Glad I could be of help! I planted my seeds the other day and I am hoping to see sprouts very soon.

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