You Can Easily Turn This Popular Bamboo IKEA Box Into a Planter

IKEA VARIERA  planter
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Bringing plants into our homes is one of our favorite ways to add natural decor. And in addition to looking lovely, it has also been proven that certain plants purify the air and can even help you feel better. This simple, yet stylish, planter is an easy and affordable hack created from an IKEA VARIERA box. It can house ornamental plants in your living room or bedroom, or it can serve as a little herb garden in your kitchen.

IKEA VARIERA  planter
credit: Lucy Akins

Things You'll Need

Materials Needed
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Step 1

Cut all four wooden dowels to your desired height. We cut these to 21 inches for this project.

Cutting dowels
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Step 2

Place a dowel at the bottom of the box in one corner, and then mark around the dowel.

Marking around dowel
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Step 3

Drill a hole in the center of the marking.

Drilling bottom of box
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Step 4

Now, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the dowel. Add wood glue to the dowel for additional reinforcement.

Drilling top of dowel
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Step 5

Attach the wooden box and dowel by drilling a screw through the top of the wooden box down into the dowel. Repeat this on all four corners of the box.

Attaching dowel to box
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Step 6

Allow the wood to dry for approximately four hours before placing any weight inside the box.

IKEA VARIERA  planter
credit: Lucy Akins

TIP: If you wish to put a plant directly into the box, line the box with plastic lining to protect the wood.

IKEA VARIERA  planter
credit: Lucy Akins
IKEA VARIERA  planter
credit: Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.