Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard.

Log Planters make use of old fallen logs so they are a great way to recycle.  Plus, with a bit of creativity, you will have a unique garden addition.

They can be very large and take up quite a bit of space, or you can use smaller ones and bring them in doors for a rustic planter.

Logs of all types repurposed as plantersSometimes a piece of wood has a hollow in it and just lends itself to being planted and you are done. Other times, you will need to hollow out an area in the log.  Just fill the area with soil and plant with your favorite arrangement.

Here are a few of my favorites:

log planters

White cedar planted with succulents and other plants. Source:  Indulgy

log planters

Cute smaller planter for indoors.  Source Kindling Shop on Etsy.

log3Begonias and Ferns in a rustic log planter. Source:  Roots of Greenville log4Whole Log hollowed out and planted. Fantastic View.  Source HD Wallpaper.

Paperbark log planter arrangement.  Various sizes.  Source Emma’s Design Blog

log6Log Planter with Succulents and Sedums   Source:  Simply Succulents

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  8 comments for “Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

  1. 04/15/2013 at 6:27 am

    Just wonderful ideas thank-you for posting this so we can enjoy all the simple things in life & not even know that something can be made to enjoy. Leslie Colorado

    • admin
      04/15/2013 at 7:07 am

      My pleasure Leslie. So glad you are enjoying my website.

  2. Mariana
    06/11/2013 at 2:07 pm

    These are great. I was wondering though, do you need to drill a hole at the bottom for water drainage? Thanks.

    • admin
      06/12/2013 at 9:33 am

      I don’t think so. Unless you have a lot of rainfall I think the trunk would release it naturally.

  3. 11/01/2013 at 4:52 pm

    Great idea. I have a number of cuts from a huge oak, and I really want to put some baby staghorns in a couple of them, but I can’t figure how I can hollow them out the ways yours are. Any suggestions?

    • admin
      11/02/2013 at 10:01 am

      Hi James,
      I did not make these log planters, I am only featuring them from other sites as a round up collection.

      Each of the planters has a link below it. If you go to the site where the image originated they might be able to give you more idea about how to make the one you are interested in.

  4. Matthew
    05/15/2015 at 11:23 am

    My suggestion would be to saw off one of the ends of the log – to make a round disc.
    then cleave off the sides of the log – so you have a pile of bark edged wood.
    (leaving the centre of the log for firewood)
    then nail/glue/screw the bark edge pieces back together.
    then attach the disc of wood to the base of the planter – thereby hollowing out the log without days of dusty, noisy power tooling.
    I intend to do this for my own garden for planters and very rustic buckets :)

    • admin
      05/15/2015 at 11:34 am

      Great Idea Matthew. Thanks for the tip. Carol

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