Monday, February 27, 2017

Lights... Camera... Planters!


What can you make with an old light fixture? An awesome geodesic terrarium , that's what!

The kind folks over at Design*Sponge show us how...

Supplies Needed:
  • Glass paned light fixture from The Deconstructed House
  • Wood (larger piece to make the base and long piece for the sides)
  • Ruler
  • Wood Glue
  • Protractor
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw/ miter box and hand saw
  • Finishing nails
Step 1: Find an awesome light fixture from The Deconstructed House. Remove the glass part that will be your terrarium. 

Step 2: Trace the shape of the glass piece onto the wood for the bottom of the planter.
The cuts will be made inside that traced line by ½ the thickness of the wood used for the sides. This will allow the glass piece to sit on top of the sides of the planter. We used ¾” wood for our sides, so we measured in 3/8” (half of ¾”) from each line of the tracing and made our cuts there. At the end of this step we had a flat wooden hexagon shape with 3” long sides. It should fit completely inside the glass piece.

Step 3: Now that the bottom is cut to the shape of your fixture determine how tall you want the sides of the planter box.  Cut a long piece of wood to the desired height (we made ours 5” tall). This long piece will be cut to create the angled sides of the planter.

Step 4: Next, use a protractor (or simple math) to determine the angles of your shape. All side angles should add up to 360. Divide each angle by 2 to determine the angle at which the sides will be joined. Our hexagon base was made up of six 60 degree angles; so we divided that by 2 and set the miter saw to 30 degrees.

Step 5: Measure the length of a side of the hexagon base (ours were 3”). This measurement will also be the interior length of the sides of the planter (since the cuts are angled out they are slightly longer at on end).

Step 6: Take your long piece of wood and make your first angled cut on one end. Measure over from the interior of that cut by 3” (or whatever your side length is) and mark it. Flip the wood and make your second cut. (You’ll know your cuts are correct if they are trapezoids, not parallelograms.) Continue measuring and flipping and cutting until you have all six sides cut.

Step 7: As you cut your sides begin to fit them together in the way they will be attached to the hexagon bottom. This is a good time to sand/cut any excess.

Step 8: We used a nail gun to tack pieces in place with finishing nails. Let it dry overnight and paint/stain however you’d like. Put a plastic liner in the bottom to protect surfaces from leaks and add your plants!

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