Slate Box Planter

Transform a wooden box into a stylish planter by enclosing it in slate. Inexpensive and easy to make, the planter can be filled with a range of plants—see pages 164-6 for an alpine-themed planting scheme.


Take your wooden wine box and drill drainage holes in the base using a large drill bit. You’ll need several holes, so space them evenly across the base. Drainage is vital to prevent the plant roots from sitting in too much water and rotting.

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Wearing protective goggles and gloves, carefully cut out the 4 slate pieces using an angle grinder. Make sure you do this on a stable surface that will not be damaged by the angle grinder.


Spread a layer of adhesive onto one outer panel of the box, then attach a matching slate piece and hold it in place until slightly bonded. Continue to attach the remaining slate pieces one by one. Wipe away any excess glue before it sets. Fill any gaps between the slate panels with black epoxy filler.

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Reclaimed slate roofrny tiles or slate effects are ideal for this project. Be sure they don’t have <Mj troths in them or other damage. Clean up the surface with mild soap and water to briny out the natural patina of the slate


When the paint is dry, cut out some thick black plastic to fit the inside of the box and glue in place with adhesive. When the glue is dry, pierce some drainage holes in the base of the liner using a metal skewer.

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Updated: October 10, 2015 — 1:56 am