How to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look
A DIY planter cast in plastic gets the look of a detailed cast-iron piece as part of our #DIYDARE challenge
A cast-iron planter isn't easy to move, and a vintage-looking one can set you back hundreds. We built one out of lightweight cellular PVC and mimicked the details with cemented-on appliqués and a few coats of spray paint.
Could you do better? It's your turn to make use of any scraps you've got lying around, supplemented, of course, by one or three trips to the home center, to build a project of your own.
Overview to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look
Head cocked sideways, Allie was looking at a length of PVC trim in her #DIYDare box.
She had just realized it was about the same size as the cast-iron planters on the windowsills of townhouses in her neighborhood, the legit antique versions that salvage shops charge a bundle for and that weigh about 75 pounds—before soil and plants.
"We could totally build planters from this," Sal said. He'd just used the material on a maintenance-free lamppost project for TOH. It's lightweight, won't rot, and holds paint better than wood, he said. "Hmm… and we could get the cast-iron look by gluing appliqués onto a basic box and painting it," said Allie. She began to sketch an idea while Sal rounded up some more materials.
They made the box by joining the boards with PVC cement and finish nails. Once the cement dried, Allie added the rubber appliqués and Sal attached the handles. Then it was time for two coats of spray paint.
"Dead ringer for cast iron," Sal said, admiring their work. "Easier to move around, too," Allie said, "but come on—I've got two more windows to worry about."