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How it's done! Heart shaped Planter | Einhell Blog

Vertical Garden: With this ingenious DIY decoration idea, you turn every barren wall into a thriving eye-catcher. Thanks to its heart-shaped construction, this special plant pot is also ideal as a gift for a wedding, a birthday or the like.


Material Tools
Rustic wooden boards 2000mm x 180mm x 15mm Hammer
Wood lath 2000mm x 50mm x 70mm Mitre Saw
Nails Cordless Screwdriver
Wooden screws 5mm x 30mm  
Wood stain (dark)  

Step 1: The Cutting

First you draw the different lengths onto the boards and cut them with the appropriate angle. The dimensions you can look up in the plan I made for this project. When cutting the board, make sure to always clamp it and pay attention to the PSA. For example, when working with a saw, I always wear safety glasses, a mask and earmuffs.

After cutting the boards, I put all the boards together, so I can check whether all the edges continue with the other and have the shape I want. Then I cut the wood lath according to plan. It is important that the bars go straight along the edge. The crossbeam is 8 cm lower than the top edge of board 3, this area will later be used for the flowers.

Step 2: Staining or Oiling

A man painting woo pieces
A man staining wood brown

When all the boards and wood laths are cut, you can start staining or oiling the wood. In this case, I opted for a darker wood stain, which is waterproof and perfect for outdoor use. The first layer I put relatively roughly on, because I stain everything later again when its assembled. When staining, I always wear gloves and use a brush. It is important that the paint is distributed nicely evenly and that there are no thicker residues anywhere.

Step 3: Piecing everything together

After everything has dried, I put the lower boards into shape and position the bars on it. Then I draw a line to where the beam reaches, so I know in which area I have to pre-drill the holes for attachment.

After I am finished with that, I drill holes into the boards, by using a 4-bit driller. There I then screw the boards 1-3 onto the beam.

Pre-drilling is very important here so that the boards do not tear out later.
A piece of wood with nails and a hammer
The half-assembled project

If the three lower boards are screwed on tightly, you can continue with the upper boards. These I attached with nails, instead of screws, because I find the look of the nails better. I then align the boards on the substructure and fasten each board with 4 nails each.

Step 4: The Finish

After that I stain the whole project again and then cut out two boards, each 25 cm in length and 5 cm wide for the back, with the help of a circular saw. If you do not have a circular saw, you can also buy a board or strip with this width or have it cut for you.

These boards are then needed, for attaching the boards 4 and 5 to the lower 3 boards because there are no beams running along them. I also use the 2 boards later to attach to the wall.

A construction is attached for a secure hold on the wall

When the boards are cut, they are then fastened with screws. For this I have pre-drilled 4mm holes again. Because you can’t see these boards, I do not glaze them.

Now I take a wire and cut it to the distance of the two rear vertical bars. With a screw including washer, I attach the wire. So I have a good chance to hang up the heart later.

Step 5: The Planting

Now the most important part is still missing, the plants. For this I lay out the heart with flower bed foil and fill the space with earth. After that you can plant the heart as you like.
I hope you liked the project and my drawn plan makes the execution easier.

Have fun recreating!
Tobias Peters

AuthorTobias Peters
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