How To Make Your Own Rock & Roll Garden Pots

How To Make Your Own Rock & Roll Garden Pots

Abby Stone
Sep 23, 2010

Who among us doesn't have a rock star fantasy? If that drum kit you bought is sitting idle in your parent's garage, mocking your teenage dreams, reader Katie Hollar found a way to repurpose it into something useful for your grownup life!


  • Drum Kit
  • Adhesive removal product like Goo Gone
  • Razor
  • Fine grit sandpaper (220)
  • Wood stain in your choice of color (Katie choose "Natural")
  • Rags
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • ¾" thick plywood
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Waterproofing spray (for the exterior)
  • Henry's (a tar-like waterproofing product that will be used to seal the interior seams)
  • Hammer & finish nails
  • galvanized steel and cutting shears
  • wheels

Step by Step

  1. Remove all hardware from the drums using a screw driver.
  2. Peel the skin or veneer off of the drum shells.
  3. Spray on an adhesive removal product like Goo Gone to loosen up the glue or double stick tape used to adhere the veneer originally.
  4. Using a razor, carefully scrape off the loosened adhesive. You might need an old cloth to clean up the blade and Goo Gone.
  5. Using a fine grit sand paper (220) lightly sand the drums to remove any extra glue and to create a nice porous surface for the stain to soak into evenly.
  6. Using another rag apply a stain to the drums. Katie chose to use the "Natural" colored stain because she liked the color of the wood.
  7. Using a pencil and a measuring tape, draw a line around the inside diameter of the drum about 2" up from the bottom. You will use this line as a guide when you insert the circle wood base.
  8. Place each drum on top of a 3/4" thick piece of plywood. Draw a circle on the plywood of the inside dimension of the drum shell.
  9. Using a jigsaw cut the circles out of your plywood.
  10. Insert the plywood circle into the corresponding drum so that the top of the plywood reaches the 2" high pencil mark.
  11. Hammer the plywood circle into place using several finish nails around the outside of the drum. You may want to use a nail punch to push the nails beyond the surface of the shell slightly so they're not visible. This way you can use wood putty to fill in the holes and have a smooth surface.
  12. Now that you have created the base for the planter, you will need to make holes for the soil to drain. Flip the planter upside down. Attach a bit to your electric drill for boring holes around 1" in diameter and drill several holes.
  13. Spray the entire planter with a waterproofing clear coat.
  14. Turn the pot right side up after drilling the holes and apply a generous coat of Henry's (a waterproofing tar-like product) to the inside bottom of the planter and a few inches above that. Make sure there are no holes or exposed wood. This will help to preserve the wood from breaking down from moisture.
  15. Flip the planter over one more time and screw 4 casters into the base a few inches in from the rim. This way they will look concealed.
  16. Using cutting shears cut galvanized steel sheets to line the interior of the drum and about an inch above the top. If you want to connect them together I suggest using rivets.
  17. Place the galvanized steel into the planter after the Henry's has dried.
  18. To plant: Place a sheet of netting in the bottom of the planter to keep the soil from falling out. You only want the water to drain out. Place your soil and plants and voila! You now have a movable planter that can move freely around your home to take advantage of the changing light.

Thanks for sharing your DIY, Katie!

Images: Katie Hollar

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