• Upcycling Idea: DIY Balsa Wood Planter
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Upcycling Idea: DIY Balsa Wood Planter

Extra tones of green. Living oxygen. A home is so much prettier with some plants scattered around. Chances are, you want to inject some plant love into your home but are intimidated when it comes to the cost of creating this setup. Traditionally, for each plant you would need to buy a pot, and you wouldn’t be doing yourself a favor because they are expensive. Also, and most importantly, it’s not eco-friendly to always have to buy everything, is it? There's no need to spend big bucks on planters and flower pots. Look around the house or scour thrift stores and flea markets for unique vessels to hold plants, herbs and vegetables. Try this DIY below to make your own balsa wood planter thanks to Fall for DIY.

The term upcycling is relatively new, as it was coined in 1994 by Reiner Pilz, stating that “what we need is upcycling where old products are given more value not less.” Upcycling is similar to recycling in that it helps create less garbage, thus minimizing environmental impact, yet it differs in that it involves giving something old a new use. Upcycling helps reduce CO2 emissions by using old materials instead of new ones. In fact, for every ton of discarded textiles used again, 20 tons of CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere. Upcycling also saves you money, as it allows you to find new uses for old clothes that no longer fit or the like. It also promotes sustainable innovation and creativity, and can provide fun crafting time. Finally, it helps preserve our precious resources.


  • Balsa Wood Sheets
  • Card
  • Ramekin
  • Sand Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Glue
  • Pencil


  1. Your smaller circle needs to be the size or the ramekin and the larger will be the size you would like to planter to be. Check this fits onto the balsa wood sheet before marking it out.
  2. Once you have made the two circles cut out the doughnut shape you have made.
  3. Use this as a template to cut out enough balsa wood doughnuts to house the ramekin. Also cut out one circle of balsa wood leaving in the centre. Starting at the full circle glue each doughnut on top of the last to build up the sides of the planter.
  4. Leave the glue to dry and then sand down the sides until they're smooth. If you want you can add a few layers of varnish to finish the wood but I quite enjoy it with the raw balsa.
  5. Push the ramekin into the planter and fill with plants!
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