Plumbing Aisle Inspiration

While getting copper supplies for the bud vase, I wanted to make something with basic hardware store supplies.

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What do you get when you pair 8 feet of 5/8 inch wooden dowel, 6 1/2 inch copper T connectors, 1 90 copper elbow, a two gallon bucket, glue, and spray paint?

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A cute (in my opinion, anyway) planter and stand.

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That aloe plant is my oldest plant.  I’ve had it for three or four years (the only plant I’ve kept alive over a year) now and it desperately needed a larger pot.  It was looking like a male orca in captivity; confined and droopy.  While priming the bathroom drawers with Kilz primer, I noticed the small 2 gallon bucket would be the perfect size.  Which spurred, the hardware store plant stand.  If you want to know how I made my, read on.

Here’s my cut list:

Two at 1 5/8 inch long, for the base.

Four dowels cut at 2 3/4 inches, also base pieces.

Four at 3 inches, top pieces to hold the bucket in place.

and four more at 10 inches for legs, all cut with a chop saw.

I started with two 4 foot lengths of 5/8 inch dowel and 1/2 inch copper fittings.  The two short pieces (1 5/8) fit inside each side of the elbow.  Attach a T to each end like this:

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The four 2 3/4 inch sticks go in each hole of the T connectors to make the base.

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Add the four remaining Ts to the ends for the leg attachments.

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After dry fitting everything, I rolled each dowel end in Liquid Nails to secure the pieces.

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And let if dry on a flat surface, with the three-inch pieces down.

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While the glue dried, I asked Ben to cut the top off the bucket.  I didn’t want the handle or ridges.  This bucket was thin enough he was able to cut through with a sharp utility knife.  To make the bucket look, well, less bucket-y, I gave it two coats of flat white spray paint.

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Now, sir Aloe has a larger pot with room to grow.  And I really like the mix of shiny copper and wood.

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A new Philodendron is keeping it company by our back patio door.

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This could easily be modified by staining or painting the wooden legs, or making it entirely from copper.  Buy copper tubing and 8 copper caps for the legs and you’ve got a shiny, custom stand.  All from humble plumbing parts and hardware store basics.

8 thoughts on “Plumbing Aisle Inspiration

  1. I’m glad I found this planter. It was not what I was looking for but very close in similarity. However I think I really love this more because it’s something I can do myself. Thank You.

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