Making a Log Planter for Flowers

You know it’s summer when flowers and gardening take over the blog.  Like this post, making a log planter for flowers.

Making a log planter for flowers.

Back in March I found and shared this photo on Facebook. I loved the idea and wanted Jason to help me make one.

The response from every-one was overwhelming, and I was asked to share photos if I ever made one. Well it took several months but I now have a log planter in my back yard!

I found a log that was about a foot in diameter and 45″ long.  We stripped all the bark off and then Jason set to hollowing out the center. Due to memory card problems on my camera at the time, I lost the first photos I took.

Yes, I laid on the ground taking photos of my hubby showing off his skills with the ax! How about them wood chips?

Making a log planter for flowers


I didn’t watch the whole time, but I know that he used a chainsaw to make the defining cuts for the sides and edges and then used the ax to hollow it out. If you look at the photo below, you can also see where he used the chainsaw to cut smaller sections in the area to be hollowed out.

Hollow log for flower planter

Ivy leaf geraniums were on sale, so I bought them to fill the log with.

Ivy leafe geraniums

Ready to plant:

Hollowed out log

And planted!

hollowed out log planter for flowers on our patio

I love how my log planter turned out! And now that our patio is all finished it just looks amazing out there. So, who wants to come for a cookout this summer? Hopefully we will have at least one….

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Respectful opinions are always welcome

  1. Great job! I’ll have to get someone to make me one!

  2. Love that log planter! And, I would love to “drop by” (all the way from Canada) for a cookout with you guys! By the way, I got the thank you card in the mail from you, this past week, for placing my order for my Lilla Rose barrette! That was so sweet of you! And the barrette is so INCREDIBLY comfortable!!! I have to say, I see treating myself to another barrette in the near future…

    • I knew you would love Lilla Rose :) And how fun would it be if you did “drop in” ;) I’ve been able to meet a few other bloggers in person, and it is so much fun!

  3. Cool! Way to go Jason! That looks so cute! I’ve got some ideas for using logs to decorate this fall !!!

  4. ok that looks amazing! Enjoy!

  5. OO and I voted for you today at the Fence my friend!

  6. Wow!! I love this idea!! So cute!!

    Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys and http://www.worshipingwhilewaiting.blogspot

  7. That’s cute. I like it.

  8. beautiful! this looks like a project my sons should whip up for their mother :)

  9. Too cute! I can’t wait to try it next year. Thank you so much!

  10. thats a very unique idea. Will be keeping this in mind since i’ve been gardening some this summer.

  11. That is so cool and how sweet that your husband made it for you! Thanks for linking up at I really appreciate it and hope you will come back!



  12. Now to find a log. I’ve got a willing husband and he has an ax. And since I love to lay in the grass, I wouldn’t mind a bit getting down there to snap some photos of my hunk in action! Thanks so much for the photo tutorial…I’ll let you know if I manage to get one made! Thanks for linking up also!

  13. I just love this planter Kendra! Hubby did a great job on it! I know you already saw that I featured this on my blog today, so I’m just stopping by to pin it and say thanks again for sharing!

  14. LOVE, love, love the planter! I’m going to have to encourage My Better Half to clean one out for me! Thanks for linking it up to Think Tank Thursday. I have featured it today.

  15. I just love this idea, it turned out so nice for your patio!

  16. This is such a great idea! I love natural wood elements and the geraniums were the perfect choice to fill your log planter. Hmmm, the next time I see a stump on someone’s curb I need to snatch it up! :) I do a little round up of great projects on Fridays..hope you don’t mind if I include yours tomorrow!

  17. Ooh, I love how this came out! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

  18. Speaking from experience I can tell you that wood in contact with the ground will draw termites.

  19. Jean Elliott says:

    I love this! Have to get one made.

  20. Sharon Rouse says:

    We have a tree stump in our back yard. It’s about 5′ tall and takes two people to reach around it. I think I will try this on that tree stump. Maybe a “bowl” in the top and a couple of rings around it. We really miss our great big shade tree. But this would be something pretty to do with what’s left. Thank you for the great idea!

  21. Rebecca Burney says:

    I love these log planters! Very pretty. I would love to try it. Do you think a “strong” women could do the ax portion. I indeed have a “hunk” ….same one for over 30 yrs. but I fear his health would not be up to it. Would it be difficult for myself? Thank you for your answer.

    • I consider myself a girl-whimp, but I could’ve done it if I had too. However, it will depend on the wood you are using as well. Ours was really soft, but some of those harder trees wouldn’t be easy to do.
      So yes, I’m sure a “strong woman” could handle it. I could’ve done it, but I wouldn’t have done the chainsaw part, I’ve always been a bit scared of them after my dad nearly took off his knee.

  22. Lorene Hodges says:

    Thanks for sharing how to make the log planter. Love your website – nice to see a Christian one!!


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