How to Make My Own PVC Planters

Use PVC pipe to create a decorative garden planter to display your flowers or vegetables. PVC pipe can be spray-painted and requires no maintenance. A simple, attractive three-tier design can be assembled in minutes using precut PVC pipe and fittings. Making a PVC planter is easy enough that young children can assist with the assembly. The affordability and widespread availability of PVC pipe makes using it for planters a practical alternative to more expensive wood containers.

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PVC pipe can be transformed into an affordable planter.

Step 1

Place a three-way corner connector on each end of the two 18-inch segments of pipe. Face the connector openings upward and toward the other segment. Place a 24-inch piece of pipe between each horizontal connector opening. Angle the resulting rectangle so that the 24-inch segment faces you.

Step 2

Place 12-inch pipes in the front two corner connectors. Place a corner connector on each 12-inch pipe so that one opening faces the opposite 12-inch pipe and the other opening lines up with the rest of the rectangle. Connect the openings that face each other with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

Step 3

Place a 6-inch piece of pipe in the other connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one opening upward and the other facing the opposite side of the planter. Connect the opposite sides with a 24-inch pipe.

Step 4

Place a 12-inch piece of pipe in the upward-facing connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one end of the opening toward the opposite side of the planter. Align the other with the planter base. Connect the two sides with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

Step 5

Place a 6-inch segment in the other connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one opening upward and the other facing the opposite side. Connect both sides with a 24-inch piece of pipe.

Step 6

Place a 12-inch pipe in the upward-facing connector opening. Place a corner connector on its end. Face one side toward the opposite side of the planter; align the other with the base. Place a 6-inch segment of pipe on the end.

Step 7

Place a 36-inch piece of pipe in the back corner connectors. Connect the top of the 36-inch pipes with the 6-inch pipes, using a three-way connector. Place a 24-inch pipe between the three-way connectors.

Step 8

Fill plastic window planters with soil and place them in the shelf trays, or cover the shelves with plywood cut to fit and place potted plants on top.


Nicole Thelin

Nicole Thelin has more than a decade of professional writing experience. She has contributed to newspapers such as the "Daily Herald" of Provo, Utah, and now writes for several online publications. Thelin is pursuing a bachelor's degree in education from Western Governors University.