How to make a skid planter

You may have noticed that I like to bring new life to old stuff that other people don’t want anymore. One of my favourite re-purposing projects is turning old skids into rustic planters.

Skids.

Skids.

My husband Pat plays a big part in the production of the skid planters, because they are too big for me to handle. He brings them home, cuts them up, and bashes them back together…to my specifications, of course.

Handsome and handy.

Handsome and handy.

In the beginning, we burned quite a lot of wood because even though the end product looks pretty simple, getting there was a different story. Here’s how you can make your own skid planter:

Wear thick work gloves when handling the original skid. Pat got quite a few slivers at first.

Start small. If you create a planter using the whole width of the skid it will be too heavy once it is planted.

Half width is perfection.

Half width is perfection.

Give all the edges a thorough sanding. This will not only keep you safe from slivers when handling, it gives the planter a more polished look.

From rough to polished.

From rough to polished.

Line the box with garden fabric before filling with soil to prevent soil leakage.

Line it!

Line it!

PLANT some plants! (See my post on how to plant a succulent garden container for some tips).

Tah-dah!

Tah-dah!

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