Plants on legs: Make your own hairpin leg planter

June 26, 2017

Plants on legs: Make your own hairpin leg planter

There's something immensley calming about having plants around. They're like leafy epitomes of David Attenborough's voice – serene, reposeful and inspiring. 

Keen for more of these peacekeepers in our lives, we made this DIY hairpin leg planter. 

The good news: it's quick, easy and cheap to make your own. Our step-by-step guide will show you how.


Plants (However many you need to fill your planter)

Hairpin legs (Ours come with free screws and floor protector feet)

Plant box 

Marker pen





For indoor planters:

Bin bag

Staple gun (Not 100% necessary, but handy)


First things first, decide whether you want an indoor, or outdoor planter. This affects everything from the container you plant in, to the hairpin legs, to the plants themselves.


You can make a hairpin leg planter with pretty much anything you want – from pallet wood, to concrete troughs, to old suitcases.

We found this wooden chest in an antique shop near Stroud, which we thought would make a neat little indoor planter.

Antique wooden chest

For outdoor planters, use something that can handle the elements, such as treated wood or stone.


silver hairpin legs

Hairpin legs come in a variety of sizes and colours, allowing you to completely personalise your DIY planter.  

If you'd like to keep your planter in your garden, our silver hairpin legs are rust-resistant and hardy enough to handle life outdoors.


Here’s the fun bit. Mix up a few different plant types for a beautiful, wild look. But make sure they're compatible. 

If you’ve got plants that need regular watering next to ones that hate regular watering, they’re not going to get along. 

That said, we teamed orchids with a trio of ferns – an asparagus fern, eagle fern and maidenhair fern. And although these plants would be pals in their natural forest environment, orchids don't need as much water. 

To get around this, we planted the ferns in the soil but kept the orchids in their pots. This means we can easily lift them out to water separately. 

Some plant combinations that grow well together include:

Chives, mint, chervil and coriander all chug plenty of water, which means they work well together in the same planter. 

Sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaves, oregano and lavender, on the other hand, all like well-drained soil.

If you want to grow veggies in your planter, tomatoes, peppers, asparagus and lettuce make a great combo. 


If your wood is quite thin and you’re worried your screwdriver might crack it (we were!), drill pilot holes first. Mark the holes with a pen, to guide where to drill. 

Mark drill holes

DIY hairpin leg planter

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to screw your legs in place.

Hairpin leg planter


DIY hairpin leg planter

If you’ve used wood to make your planter, and you're going to keep it indoors, line the inside with a black bin bag to help stop water seeping through. A staple gun can come in handy here, otherwise you can just pack the gravel and soil to hold the bag in place.

If you're making an outdoor planter, drill holes in the bottom of your container to help drain excess rainwater.


DIY hairpin leg planter

Next, create a thin layer (1 or 2 inches deep) of gravel on the bottom. This will help prevent overwatering. Cover it with a decent amount of soil.


Once your gravel and soil are in, you can add your plants.

And with that, all you need to do is admire the finished result. 

DIY hairpin leg planter

Oh... and remember to water your plants once in a while. Don't let those leaves go brown and flaccid.

We'd love to see your finished hairpin leg planter. Tag @thehairpinlegco on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and we’ll share your creation with our followers.  

Happy planting!

Acer Adam and Tommy Tulip



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