Reclaimed Lumber Orchid Planters

Reclaimed Lumber Orchid Planters

Laurie McGinley
Sep 27, 2011

Small scraps of lumber perplex me because it seems wasteful to throw them away or burn them but they are rarely large enough to be useful. After building a table from reclaimed lumber from a 100 year old barn I had a frustratingly large pile of scraps. Instead of burning them in a summer campfire, I turned them into orchid planters.

Amelia is an orchid whisperer. She has adopted many orchids in near death condition and nursed them back to their blossoming prime so I believe her advice. She insists that orchids are happier when their roots and compost have good air circulation. She requested these hanging planters as a way to utilize wood scraps.

I cut 6" x 1/2" x 1/2" pieces and Amelia assembled them into planters by drilling holes in the corners and running a wire through the layers. The orchids have been happy in them ever since. The cloth mesh is a recent addition. It prevents the bark from falling out all over the house after she waters the orchids. If you don't mind the bark, these planters are lovely without the mesh as well.

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