Faux Wine Barrel Planter From Repurposed Fence Boards.

Ruthe Farmer
by Ruthe Farmer
2 Materials
1 Hour

I grow my herbs in a large plastic pot that has seen better days. Years of Colorado sunshine had dried and cracked the edges. I'd already planted my herbs and I have some perinnials in the pot, so I didn't want to replace it.

I'm in the midst of replacing my fence, so I thought I'd repurpose some fence boards to cover the planter.

The offending tired old pot!
Step 1: Prep

I measured the height, and then the circumference of the top and bottom of the pot.

I cut the boards to 18" lengths using a mitre saw.

The pot is narrower at the top than at the bottom, so I purposely chose a few boards that were split and tapered towards the bottom. To make a few more, I looked for boards with a strategically placed knots and broke them in half lengthwise.


Once the boards were cut to height, I laid them out on a work table and arranged for color variation. I inserted a tapered board spaced evenly among the boards. I taped my measuring tape to the work table with painters tape for ease of accuracy.


Using 4 lengths of floral wire salvaged from a holiday garland, I connected the boards by weaving them between the two wires - twisting twice between boards. I anchored the wires on screws at the end of the work table to maintain tension.

I wove the wires around the boards at the top and bottom until it was long enough to cover the pot.

To finish, I twisted the ends together on both ends.

To install, I wrapped the boards around the pot and twisted the wire ends together, cut off the extra wire ends and tucked them behind the boards for safety.

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  • That white weaving trick is good to know! Smarty pants 😀

  • Betty White Betty White on May 28, 2021

    Great idea!!! I am going to do this.


  • Leslie Leslie on May 29, 2021

    Hi Ruthe, thank you for a great idea :). I was wondering why you did not wire the slats twice. Once at the top and the 2nd time 2-3 inches up from the bottom? I would think it would make it more stable. At the end of the season just roll up and store. I just had an afterthought about closing by twisting the end wire. Eventually the wire will break so I think 2 small door latches one at the top and one at the bottom would work and look cute. If you didn't want to screw them in construction glue might just do the trick. icon

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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on May 29, 2021

    love your new planters. Old fence board has so many uses.

  • Sandra Sandra on May 27, 2022

    Love this. Wish I’d seen your post before! Just tossed out old boards last week as part of a clean up. This would have been perfect for two old planters that have seen better days.