How to hold a wooden barrel planter together

Mary Tonningsen
by Mary Tonningsen
I have a wooden planter, similar to a half wine-barrel planter, that is held together by metal straps around the top and bottom.. Well, the bottom strap where it fastens together rusted and broke and now the strap is off. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to used to hold it together so that it doesn't fall apart? It's a pretty good-sized plant in there now that will continue to grow, so I don't want the planter to burst apart. I thought of a worm clamp, but can't find one large enough, as the planter is about 14" across at the bottom (I'd go measure how big around it is, but it's 2:00 am and I'm in my pajamas - sorry!) Thank you for any ideas you can give me!
  6 answers
  • Renea Young Renea Young on Jul 10, 2015
    what about metal flashing cut to size and nailed on it?
  • R.V.R. Farris R.V.R. Farris on Jul 10, 2015
    Use some type of wire to wrap around it several times.
  • Arlene Fitzpatrick Arlene Fitzpatrick on Jul 10, 2015
    Temporary fix - dungee cord I believe they sell the metal strips with holes that you could nail back on or wrap with twine to decorate
  • Karen hayes Karen hayes on Jul 11, 2015
    Maybe an old or new leather belt, overlap ends then nail or screw to secure.
  • Mary Tonningsen Mary Tonningsen on Jul 11, 2015
    @Renea Young, @R.V.R. Farris, @Arlene Fitzpatrick, @karen hayes - thank you all for the great ideas! I think I'll try those - I really like the idea of the belt because I have one hanging my closet that I bought for a costume, used once and will never used again! And I think the size would be perfect :) If that doesn't work I'll try the others, which are all great ideas, too. You are all so creative. I just drew a blank, so I really appreciate all of your ideas! Thank you!!
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 11, 2015
    I think the belt idea is really cool!