Gardening & Outdoors
Simple recipe for making planting pots from sawdust
I only wish I found out about this ages ago. They are so beautiful and natural looking and they go with any plant.
Elijah Chan
08.22.22

Want a more sustainable plant life?

As keeping house plants became much more popular over the last few years, the drive to have better gardening tools and materials churned along with the demand.

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In this video, you’ll learn how to create a planter that doesn’t require consuming things out of plastic containers just so you can recycle them.

This planter is made from sawdust.

For the planter, we’ll need three sets of ingredients. General glue, finishing glue, and general varnish.

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For the general glue, you’ll need:

  • 1.5 liters of water
  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 3 1/2 tblsp of vinegar.

In 1.5 liters of water, throw in two cups of cornstarch.

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Mix them together then put over a flame. Stir the mixture constantly to avoid lumping. Once the mixture turns into a porridge-like substance, take it off the flame.

Add vinegar into the mixture then incorporate it evenly.

Combine the starch glue with sawdust.

Using a spoon, mix the glue and the sawdust while the glue is still hot. Once it cools down to room temperature, you can use your hands to further combine the two.

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Continue kneading the mixture so it can combine fully. It should look like a mulch of wet cardboard.

Cover your mold with plastic wrap.

This can be a plastic basin, a tub, or a cup.

Press the mixture against the inside surface of your mold and shape it accordingly. Make sure that your sides have the same thickness.

You can use the width of your index finger as a reference.

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Press a ladle against the mixture to even the surface. Once done, remove the mixture from the pot and let it dry under the sun.

You can extract your pot by putting cardboard over the mold and flipping it. Carefully lift the mold and peel off the plastic cover.

Make sure to turn it upwards too so that the insides can be dried as well.

Next, prepare your finishing glue.

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Using a cup of the glue you prepared earlier, add a cup of white glue. Mix thoroughly then brush on the surface of your molded pot.

After that, leave it out again under the sun so it can dry out.

In the meantime, prepare the varnish.

For this one, we’ll use silicone glue and alcohol. Combine in equal parts. For instance, if you’re working with larger pots, mix 1 cup silicone glue with 1 cup alcohol.

For smaller projects, try mixing 1/2 cup of each. Once the pot completely dries, drill a hole under the pot for drainage.

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Brush the varnish on the pot to waterproof it. Make sure to coat the outside and the inside of the pot evenly. This will also make your pot much more durable.

The finished product is incredible.

You’ll not only end up with a sustainable pot, it looks amazing as well.

Plant in your favorite produce or your favorite houseplants like ferns or herbs.

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While this video showed you how to create a large saw dust tub, remember that you can also adjust the size according to your space and needs.

Create one for yourself or for friends and family members that love taking care of plants. They’ll surely appreciate it, especially the effort you put it in.

See this gardener turn sawdust into gorgeous planting pots in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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