Bamboo Planter


This functional and aesthetically appealing bamboo planter is appropriate for those with ample supplies of large diameter bamboo. The example shown in the photo below was found at Finca Amrta in Costa Rica. It hangs under a roof, which is recommended to extend the life of the bamboo.

Step 1:

Find a suitable piece of bamboo and prop it up.

Step 2:

Measure and mark for cutting. Mark an equal distance from each knot (1-2 inches in).

Step 3:

Use these marks to form a center line. Draw out an even oval based around the center line, this is what you will cut out.

Step 4:

Flip the piece over and drill a few (2-3) holes for drainage. This is easier to do now before the main hole is cut from the top. Flip the piece back again and drill holes where you marked the ends of the center line. This provides a place for the hacksaw to enter.

Step 5:

Cut the smile cuts out on each end.

Step 6:

Cut the straight sides.

Step 7:

Pry open the pieces you've cut open.

Step 8:

Hack the sides smooth with a machete (or sandpaper depending on your style).

Step 9:

Fill the planter with soil and plant your seeds or seedlings. Use rope to hang the planter.


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