4/19/2011

Mid Century Modern Planter - DIY


DIY yourself a Mid Century Modern planter.




As you begin renovating a house, or collecting Mid Century Modern goodies, you soon realize some things come with what appear to be arbitrarily high prices. Mid Century Modern Planters fall squarely into this category. Take for example the above image. What you see ranges from $145 to $1,220. For a planter. You put plants in it. Then you water them. The end.

That said, I am guilty of owning several pricey planters. But I'm made innocent by the trading, bartering and auction bidding I've done to procure them at very reasonable prices.

What if you want a cool abode for your Yucca to root in but don't want to burn a bunch of cash in the process? I'm here to help.

While perusing Target I came upon their 2011 spring line of colorful plastic planters.



In the store, I began removing assorted planters from the shelf and exploring various configurations. Several inquiries of "Um. Sir? Do you need any help?" were quickly dismissed. I soon realized that two planters turned butt-to-butt (bottom one upside down, top one right side up) make a really sweet modern planter.



They come in different sizes and colors, so you can play. The best part is the price. The big ones are $6.00 ea. The little ones are $3.00 ea. So for $6 - $12 your Yucca can revel in its modern glory.

Cheers,

-Baz


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16 comments:

Marie said...

Did you glue them together? I'm curious as to what kind of glue you used. Thanks!

Baz Mcm said...

Marie,

In this case I didn't glue them. The weight of the potted plant is adding good stability. But it's tucked away in a corner so it's not likely to get bumped into.

If you're looking for a more permanent installation, I'd suggest using clear silicone adhesive. It's easy to deal with and strong.

Cheers,

-Baz

Ben Smithson said...

I saw that same set the other day at Target. Currently liking the white planters. We may end up doing some along the perimeter for fence-line landscaping.

jen_mcm said...

Nicely done.

Daly Beauty said...

Holy-genius, Indy. Totally doing this.

MidCenturyHome said...

How smart are you? And why these stupit planters are so expensive? Unbelievable... :)

Thanks for your advice!

Ciao.

Uncle Atom said...

Great idea, you are right on about the silly prices on those bullet planter reproductions. I found one at a flea market that had a damaged bottom, fixed it with some fiberglass patching and repainted it. So if you run across damaged bullet planters, grab them cheap.

Katie said...

Where did you find that amazing piece of artwork in the shot? Orange + yellow + geometry is my favorite.

paige @ MCC said...

As if I don't already cruise target enough. Great idea, I'll have to check it out for sure!

Eagle said...

I always knew you came from good stock. Simple, smart and beautiful. Totally MCM.

xywhit said...

Looks awesome. Target has really stepped up their game in recent years.

mydeco said...

Great Idea! They look great too thanks for this!

Matthew Iacopelli said...

I love inexpensive design solutions that look like they are x10 as expensive.

Sara said...

I LOVE this! I'm hoping to score some on sale since it's the end of summer :)

style-for-style said...

seriously?
this is awesome

A Modern Line said...

What a great idea and the price can't be beat. Just saw your blog today and plan on following...