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Kyal's DIY: build your own tabletop planter

20 September 2017

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.


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


  • 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.


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