• Kyal's DIY: build your own tabletop planter

    Kyal's DIY: build your own tabletop planter

    Succulents are available in many colours, shapes and sizes, grow almost anywhere, and need little care – making them the perfect plant choice for even the most novice gardener. Place them in one of these simple planter boxes with some pebble mulch for a lovely pop of colour on your outdoor table.

    Materials  

    • Recycled hardwood (eg. old fence palings) 
    • Plastic to line the box 
    • Screws 
    • Potting mix 
    • Succulents 
    • Pebbles  

    Tools  

    • Hand saw 
    • Cordless drill 
    • Drill bit to suit screws

    Step 1

    Determine the size of your planter box. For a tabletop box, don't make it too big, as you don't want to take up too much room on the table. A rectangle shape will do the trick. 

    Step 2 

    Once you’ve decided on the box size, cut the four sides to length.

    Step 3 

    Pre-drill holes in each side where the screws will go.  Screw the sides together with a drill. 

    Step 4 

    With your rectangle made, it's time to measure and neatly cut the timber base, then you can screw it in as well. 

    Step 5 

    Line the inside base and sides with some tough plastic to catch water. 

    Step 6 

    Succulents need to be planted in well-drained soil. They only take the water they require and the rest needs to drain away, so use a potting mix specially designed for them. The best time to plant is during the warmth of autumn or spring.

     
     

    About the author

    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich
     

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