Ducting Unit Into Planter

3 Materials
1 Hour

I love a good challenge but when my husband brought home two

industrial parts of a former air con unit I did scratch my head a little - wondering what we could possibly repurpose them for.

During lockdown we have been attempting to support local businesses, a local garden centre were offering mystery boxes of garden plants. When the plants arrived we realised we had the perfect combination of a grass plant with industrial planter.

Start by removing any residue/rubber/plastic from the top of the unit.

We have used old fence panels, painted in random left over pots of external wood paint to build a top. This frames the unit and gives it a finish.

Mark 45 degree angles at the appropriate length to create four pieces of wood.

Cut with a handsaw.

Using the predrilled holes the wood was screwed from underneath to attach.

The next step to place the planter in the garden. To improve drainage we placed the planter in it’s finished place on the lawn and marked round.

The grass turf was removed and the base of the planter set into the hole.

Lastly the planter was filled with soil and the grass plant planted.

A querky upcycle garden planter from a former ducting unit.

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  • Mary McDonald
    Mary McDonald
    on Jun 28, 2020

    It looked like a hole to the Center of the earth before you filled it. 😁 It’s really a great idea you came up with. Were you planning on painting it or maybe staining the wood?

    • Leslie
      on Jun 30, 2020

      Hi Vickymcreations, if you have some craft paint you can water that down use to finish the edges and then seal with whatever you used to seal the top of the wood :)

  • Bry
    on Jun 30, 2020

    Isn't it amazing what we can do to reuse objects by thinking outside the box? Love what you did!

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  • Linda D
    Linda D
    on Jul 10, 2020

    This is one of the coolest garden ideas I've seen and you could even use a weed eater around it safely/

  • LorriLJ
    on Jul 27, 2020

    Truly wonderful! I love that the boards are different colours. And subtle so they contrast with the grass but don’t compete. It will age beautifully!

    A much better use than as a puppy poop composter. Seriously!

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