Turn PVC Pipe Into Modern Succulent and Cacti Planters

It only takes a few basic materials to turn PVC pipe into a modern, ceramic-inspired planter. Get creative with different pipe shapes for a unique look that is completely your own.

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April 23, 2021
Succulents in PVC pipe planters

PVC Planters

The Crafty Lumberjacks turn a few PVC pipes into minimal, modern planters, as seen on HGTV's Handmade.

Photo by: Crafty Lumberjacks

Crafty Lumberjacks

The right planter can take an ordinary houseplant and turn it into a statement piece. These sculptural planters look expensive, but only cost a few dollars to make! Just combine PVC pipe, textured spray paint and a few hardware store supplies for a high-end, ceramic-inspired look.

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The Crafty Lumberjacks create modern planters with hardware store finds.

Materials + Tools

  • pvc pipe and return bend
  • pvc pipe caps
  • miter box and saw
  • clamp
  • marker
  • 150-grit sandpaper

Cut PVC Pipe

To create the tall, angled planter, start with a section of straight PVC pipe. Make sure the width of the pipe is large enough for your plant, with a bit of room to grow! Using a miter box, line the PVC pipe up with the 60-degree groove in the miter box. Using a moderate amount of pressure, saw to create an angled edge (Image 1). Tip: Use clamps to secure the pipe and miter box for cleaner results.

Man sawing white PVC pipe

Cut PVC Pipe Tube At a 60º Angle

Use a miter box and saw to cut the PVC pipe to size. Determine the size of the planter making sure the plant will fit inside. Line the PVC pipe to the 60º grove in the miter box and saw on the angle until you get a clean cut. Use a moderate amount of pressure while sawing. Tip: Use a clamp to hold the pipe in place when sawing.

Photo by: Crafty Lumberjacks

Crafty Lumberjacks

Sand Down Rough Edges

Use 150-grit sandpaper to sand down the entire exterior and interior of the cut pipe. Be sure to sand away any printed markings as well as any rough edges left from sawing. This will help the spray paint to adhere to the pipe.

Man sanding down the edges of the PVC pipe

Sand Down The Rough Edges

Use 150 grit sandpaper to sand down the entire exterior and interior of the cut pipe. Be sure to sand away any printed markings as well as any rouge edges left from sawing. This will help the spray paint to adhere to the pipe.

Photo by: Crafty Lumberjacks

Crafty Lumberjacks

Cut and Sand PVC Return Bend

To create the second planter, place the PVC return bend into the miter box and cut a horizontal line close to the top of the curve (Image 1). Tip: If the pipe is too big to sit between the groves of the miter box, use a ruler and marker to draw the line before cutting. Saw through the pipe using a moderate amount of pressure. Sand down the return bend to prep for spray painting (Image 2).

Add PVC Caps to Planters

Use a small drill bit to drill a few small drainage holes into the PVC pipe caps. Secure the PVC caps into the bottoms of each planter (Image 1 + 2). If the caps are loose, secure with waterproof permanent adhesive or a low-temp hot glue gun.

Spray Paint

Place the planters on a dropcloth in a well-ventilated area and spray with textured spray paint. Spray the planters lightly with even, sweeping motions until coated. Let the spray paint dry completely before adding a second coat, about 1 hour. This will prevent the texture from getting too heavy and sliding down the sides. Let dry for at least 6 hours (or overnight) before adding plants.


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Add Plants

Start with a layer of small pebbles at the bottom of each planter to improve drainage. Then, spoon in a layer of soil and add your plant. Cover with more soil until the roots are completely covered. Add pebbles to the top to complete the look (Image 1).

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