Make your own indoor garden box

Real Living Magazine
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Handy woman: make your own indoor garden box


1-3 hours




  • Small potted succulents and cacti
  • 4 pieces of MDF or plywood cut to 40cm lengths (longer if you want to make a larger garden)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Holesaw (we used 80mm)
  • Wood glue; clamps
  • Paint and paintbrush (optional)

Make your own minature indoor garden box

Succulents and cacti are the perfect plants for an indoor garden. They last longer than flowers, need little watering and when displayed together in a homemade garden bring a touch of fresh greenery to your tabletop, or make a great housewarming gift.

Step 1

Choose a selection of small potted succulents and cacti. NB: Quantity of small potted succulents and cacti depends on the size of garden you plan to construct. Pick different colours and shapes to make your arrangements more interesting.

Step 2

To make your box you'll need to stack the 4 pieces of wood on top of each other, like a sandwich. But first, on 3 pieces of wood, mark positions of where you'd like your pots to sit (the same spot on each length of wood so holes line up). Mark the centre point of each circle.

Step 3

Insert correct-diameter holesaw piece for your pot size. On a low-speed setting, drill through central mark of wood. Drill until the hole is fully cut out and the inner circle of wood can be removed from the piece being drilled.

Step 4

Repeat drilling for each pot position - on 3 lengths of wood only (leaving 1 piece uncut to create a solid base for box).

Step 5

Once the holes have been drilled, sandwich all pieces of timber together using wood glue. Clamp into place and allow to dry.

Step 6

Paint wooden box in your chosen colour (we used white).

Step 7

Place plants in the holes and position your minature garden in a sunny spot. Enjoy!


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