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DIY Mid-Century Modern Bullet Planter

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Do you ever get something in your head that you just can't get out? Sometimes, that can be a good thing and in this case it was... after working out some kinks. But, I'm glad to say that I worked out some kinks and am finally sharing how I made a Bullet Planter. This Bullet Planter DIY Tutorial will walk you through how I made one and, the best part is, you can make one exactly like it. And, better yet, I will even recommend some shortcuts! Ready to get started?
Time: 1 Days Cost: $40 Difficulty: Medium
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Planter (in a shape close to an egg)
OR an over-sized Easter Egg
Styrofoam Ball (close to the diameter of the bottom of the planter pot)
3 Steel Rods (found in hardware dept - make sure they are bendable)
Fiberglass Kit
Wax
Orbital Sander
Duct tape
Level
Welding Equipment and Safety Gear (Thanks Dad!)
Plastic Cling Wrap
Spray Paint
  • diy mid century modern bullet planter, container gardening, gardening, home decor, how to
The planter that I used.
  • diy mid century modern bullet planter, container gardening, gardening, home decor, how to
Fiberglass kit and wax.
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Step 2: Cut and attach styrofoam to planter.
Cut your styrofoam ball so that it fits on the bottom of your pot. This will give you the bullet-type shape. Attach the styrofoam piece to the planter using tape.
*If you bought an Easter Egg, you could skip this part.
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Step 3: Prep Planter
Using plastic wrap, cover the entire outside of the planter and coat with wax.
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Step 4: Apply Fiberglass
Cut strips out of your fiberglass mat first. Next, follow the directions of the kit and add the hardener to the resin and mix. Once your mixture is mixed, you will need to work fast as the mixture will harden. We found it easiest to dip the strips in the mixture and then smooth them around the pot. Try to avoid bubbles under the strips as you are applying them. Coat the whole pot once and let dry.
*If you want to see more photos of this step, make sure to stop by my blog.
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Step 5: Repeat Step 4 and Sand
After you have applied the second coat of fiberglass and it has dried, you will need to sand it. We did this with an orbital sander. If you're better than we were at applying smooth layers of fiberglass, you might be able to hand sand. Wipe clean.
Step 6: Apply Resin
Reapply resin but not the fiberglass strips. Let dry. Lightly sand after it's dry.
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Step 7: Bend Steel Rods
Our steel rods were bendable by hand but we did make it easier on ourselves. We drilled into a piece of wood and stuck one end of the rod into the wood. Then, we bent the rods until we thought we had the curve of the bowl within the bend. At this point, you will need to check your bend with the curve of the planter and make adjustments accordingly.
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Step 8: Prep Rods for Welding
Mark your rods and cut them where they are going to be joined together to hold the planter. Using duct tape, tape the pieces together to create the form to hold the planter.
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Step 9: Weld Your Base
Weld your planter base together first and then weld your tripod base to the planter base. Use a level to make sure you get them level.
*Luke and I have never done this type of thing before, so my Dad helped us. He's only done it a few times, so I'm sure this part of the tutorial could be improved if you knew what you were doing, but it totally worked for us and our planter is still looking amazing a year later!
Step 10: Spray Paint
I used Rustoleum primer and then followed that with Rustoleum Automotive enamel.
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Step 11: Add a Plant
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Enjoy!

To see more: http://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/bullet-planter-diy/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 10, 2015

    This is awesome! Looks like something straight out of West Elm!

  • LZ @The Summery Umbrella
    LZ @The Summery Umbrella Burgaw, NC
    on Sep 8, 2015

    The best looking planter... EVER. Definitely need to do this asap!

  • Diy beautify
    Diy beautify Hendersonville, TN
    on Sep 9, 2015

    This is so cool, love the whole concept!

  • Lora
    Lora Houston, TX
    on Feb 23, 2017

    Ohhhhh......I LOVE this!!! Great job! Can you suggest something for those of us not blessed enough to have welding equipment? :)

    • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus
      Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus Springfield, MO
      on Feb 24, 2017

      Hmm, I really don't know. I would say, find someone who welds at home for fun. It would be an inexpensive project to pay for. Other than that, there are some mid-century wood plant stands that you can find tutorials for but they are more square shaped (as opposed to tripod shaped). =)

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