Log Planters – Great DIY Project for Old Logs

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.

Logs of all types repurposed as planters

Log Planters are a Natural Addition to Any Yard.

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.

Sometimes 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 looks great on a slate floor. Source:  Indulgy

log planters

The log doesn’t have to be big to make a great planter.  I single succulent has been planted in this cute smaller log planter for indoors.  Source Kindling Shop on Etsy.

log3Begonias and Ferns combine to make this unique rustic log planter. Source:  Roots of Greenville log4This whole Log has been hollowed out and planted with an array of flowering plants. Not only is the planter amazing, but look at that fantastic view!  Source Pinterest

Paperbark log planter arrangement.  These appeal to me since this type of tree was so common when I was growing up.  The various sizes adds to the appeal.  

I love the rustic moss which goes so well with the paper bark.  Source Emma’s Design Blog

log6This Log Planter with Succulents and Sedums is one of my favorites.  I love anything with succulentsin it but the texture of this log really compliments the plants.   Source:  Simply Succulents

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration.  Go grab that log, hollow out part of it and add some potting soil and plant away!

You’ll have a great looking planter in no time at all.

Have you ever planted anything in a log planter? I’d love to see some of your creations in the comments below.

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

  1. Leslie Harper
    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. James
    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.

    • Marie
      04/03/2018 at 5:29 pm

      Hello James, I did mine with a hammer and screwdriver LOL! It was a small one.

      • Carol
        04/09/2018 at 8:55 am

        Love the planter Marie. Carol

  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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