Man Made DIY


Apr 28, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Your Own Rustic Modern Copper Planters

Copper Planters

This warm and rustic yet contemporary copper planters are killer. They'd work in any kind of space, whether you live in a lush home or a modest apartment. Having a fair share of greenery adds lots of life to your environment, and it looks super polished, especially when you dress your plants in swanky pots like these copper planters found in Garden Life.

These planters are a wee pricey ($225) but copper ain't cheap. Here's where the crafty you comes handy: you can recreate this look with copper piping from the home improvement store. They almost always have a scrap bin, or you can have new lengths cut to size. 

After you have your odd pipe pieces, you can use some pipe caps to cover the bottom. If they are big enough you could even put the whole plant with its pot inside the pipe. Or, if you want something larger in scale, how about a new paint bucket sprayed with copper or covered in metallic contact paper?

If the copper look is not your thing, but you're still on the hunt for planter ideas, check out these ideas on ManMade.

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I *like* this :-) Did you know slugs don't crawl over copper?

I found some thin gauge copper at that worked really well for this project.  I used 5 mil or 36 gauge copper foil.

You could take a coffee can and wrap it in copper flashing or craft copper. Fold over 1-2 inches of the top edge before wrapping and slip the rim of the cup under the fold. Nip and fold over the bottom edge to give a finished look. Hide the seam with copper tape and turn that side toward the wall.
I spray painted a terra cotta pot with Rustoleum's hammered copper.

No, the photo shows a pot with like a 5-6" diameter. Home stores dont sell copper pipe in this diameter, max diameter would be 2". You'd have to get a sheet of copper and add a bottom to it. Which wouldnt be cheap either.

For a smaller version you could use copper mugs that are typically used for Moscow Mules. I found a pair on Etsy for less than $50

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