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DIY Tripod Planter


I thought it would be fun today to share one of my favorite DIY projects from The New Bohemians, this tripod planter made from a bowl and vintage legs. It’s a great project to do over a weekend now that summer is here. This dude would be perfect for your little patio or balcony.

Here’s how you make it.

Tripod Succulent Planter
Time: Less than one hour
Estimated Cost: $40


Here is one my friend Anna from In Honor of Design made as part of #TheNewBohoBook book tour.

– a wooden bowl (I used Ikea’s Rundlig serving bowl. I love the green color it comes in, and the bowl is the perfect size, shape, and price.)
– 3 wooden peg legs with screws attached (These are easily purchased on eBay or Etsy for around $20 for a set of four; use a search term like “tapered furniture legs”)
– 3 nuts that fit over the screws on the peg legs
– potting soil for succulents
– a collection of succulents
– Craspedia flowers (billy balls), dried or fresh (if you use fresh flowers, they will dry in the pot)

– tape measure
– pencil
– drill with drill bit
– wood glue


Here’s another one that I made recently for the Jungalow HQ

1. Turn the bowl upside down on a clean, smooth surface. Measure out and mark where you want the legs to go. The distance will vary depending on the size of the bowl and legs. Remember that you want the legs to angle outward a bit, so mark the holes far out enough on the bowl that the legs will protrude at an angle, but not so far that the planter starts to look like a spaceship. Make sure that the holes are equidistant from each other and from the center of the bowl.

2. Drill a small hole at each mark. The size of the hole should be just shy of the size of the screws that are attached to the tapered legs.

3. Drill a couple of additional small holes in the bottom of the bowl for water drainage to prevent root rot.

4. Cover the flat surface at the top of each leg with wood glue, then screw the legs into the holes designated for the legs. Secure the legs by screwing the nuts onto the screws inside of the bowl.

5. Fill the bowl almost to the brim with the soil. Plant the succulents and water them. (Don’t water them again until the soil is completely dry.) Add Craspedia flowers (billy balls) for a little pop of yellow, and admire your sweet mid-century-style planter.

enjoy!! and if you make one and post it, please share with #TheNewBohoBook hashtag!!


Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

7 responses to “DIY Tripod Planter”

  1. miranda says:

    well isn’t that super cute!!! seems easy enough…!

  2. vv says:

    aaaah! such brilliant little moves to make a beautiful entry. thanks for the inspiration, as always.

    i’m off to plantify and furnish my entryway… xo, vv

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  4. Nicole Core says:

    I’ve been looking for neato planters. This is great. Thanks!

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