7 Easy Steps for Making a Spiral Planter

Some simple tools and a little free time add up to a stylish planter.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Photo By: Image courtesy of Sam Henderson

Measure Your Spiral

Use a tape measure to spiral around in the bottom of your empty wide pot. Start at the inside edge of the pot and work your way toward the center. Leave about 4 inches of space between each round of the spiral.

Determine How Much Fencing to Use

Read the tape measure at the center of the pot to determine how much fencing you will need.

Make Some Decisions

Roll the fencing up and put it in the empty pot. Decide how tall you want it to be (ours was about 2 feet) and mark with a piece of painter's tape.

Measure Your Fencing

Unroll and roll again with the marked edge on the inside. Mark the edge with another piece of painter's tape about 3 inches above the rim of the planter.

Cut Out the Spiral

Unroll the reed fencing and lay flat. Use a piece of painter's tape to make a diagonal line from the lower mark to the upper mark. Use this line as your guide to cut out the spiral with utility scissors.

Place Your Spiral

Place the reed inside the pot in the desired spiral. Add gravel. Adjust shape as necessary.

Finishing Up

Add potting soil. Adjust shape as you fill and tamp down soil slightly to create the desired spiral form. Add plants, leaving enough room for future growth. Water fully.