Create This Lovely Plant Box Using an Inexpensive IKEA Desk Piece

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Houseplants are totally on trend and we love finding new ways to show off our greenery — especially if it includes an IKEA hack. This DIY takes an IKEA Oddvald trestle (it's only 15 bucks!) and uses it to create a Scandi-style planter that will give your spider plants and friends some serious style points.

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Things You'll Need

  • IKEA Oddvald trestle

  • Plywood

  • 1-inch finishing nails (20)

  • 1 ½-inch screws (2)

  • Hammer

  • Power drill

  • Tape measure

  • Black paint

  • Paintbrush

Step 1

To make things easy, get your plywood cut to size at your local hardware store (unless you want to do it yourself!). To make the plywood box, you'll need:

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  • Side panels measuring 27.5 inches by 8 inches (2)
  • Base panel measuring 26.5 inches by 6 inches (1)
  • End panels measuring 6 inches by 8 inches (2)
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Step 2

Take the base panel and mark an "X" to indicate a pilot hole 4 inches from the end. Make sure the "X" is centered 3 inches in from both sides. Repeat at the opposite end.

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Step 3

Nail the end panels onto the base panel with some finishing nails. Butt the joints together so that the end of the base panel sits flush against the end panel.

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Step 4

Once the end pieces are attached, you can nail on the first side panel. Hammer in nails at regular intervals.

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Step 5

Use a power drill to drill a pilot hole at the "X" points you marked earlier. Nail on the remaining side panel to complete the plant box.

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Step 6

Build the flat-pack Oddvald trestle and place the plant box on top. Mark the middle of the plant box and line it up with the center of the Oddvald leg.

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Step 7

Once the box is lined up on the Oddvald trestle, you can secure the box in place. Screw through the pilot holes you made with 1 ½-inch screws.

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Step 8

To finish, paint the plant box with several coats of black paint. Let dry, and then add your plants.

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