Footed Pedestal Planter Tutorial
I have always loved Footed Pedestal Planter’s. Don’t you? I used to get many beautiful Footed Planter’s from Garden Ridge in Round Rock when I lived in Georgetown due to it being close enough to drive to and they were often on sale as well as being very reasonably priced in the first place. Corpus had no Garden Ridge therefore I could not find many Footed Planter’s least of all affordable ones.
I had to leave my pretty Footed Planter’s in Georgetown while we moved to Corpus Christi because Movers always under estimate the size of the truck they need to bring in order to pack all your stuff. But That’s another post. My renter assured me she would take very good care of them. When I returned there was nary a one in sight. That also is another post.
About a minute after moving back to Central Texas and consequently within driving distance of my Garden Ridge, I lead footed it all the way to Round Rock to grab up a few Footed Planters. Boy was I shocked to see a pile of rubble, complete with bright yellow front end loader, in the spot where my fave Garden Ridge used to be therefore Totally bumming me out! I headed back home wondering where on earth I was going to find Planters as beautiful and most of all, as inexpensive as I used to buy at Garden Ridge.
Let the Search Begin !
I began exploring online to find great priced Footed Planters and was really shocked at how expensive they were. I’ll be honest with you. These are much less expensive than what I found when I first started looking and decided to make my own. Right now they are reduced by as much as 70% due to “end of season” clearance. I began in the spring so prices were very high. All I found at that time were in the $200. plus range. You get to decide if you would rather buy or make it yourself. I am here to show you what I came up with for a lot less money!
Expensive Footed Planters
This one was quite expensive but also made of metal. Not really my taste.
I think that this one is very attractive but still too pricey. My husband would be speechless! (meaning he probably would not talk to me for a couple days! LOL! )
This is a lovely little cement planter. It is cute and round but just a bit hum drum…..
I really like the look of this one with the copper coloring. It is also a bit less costly than those above.
This one is lovely and feminine if a bit dull in color. Yes, I painted mine a natural color also but the beauty of mine is that you can paint it any color you love! (more on that in a minute!)
The Footed Planter Supply List
Begin with the list of items you will need. Some are subjective , based on the size of the planter you choose as well as the size of the finial and the Bolt you’ll need to connect them.Now for the Tutorial
- A plastic planter with base. $ 9.95 (mine was 17″ across the top x 14″ high.)
- 1 finial (like a stair/newel post finial) $3.58 (mine was 4″ h x 3.5″ w.
- one bolt long enough to go through filled base, the two wood disks and the finial. $2.28
- A bucket/bag cement. I only used about 1/8th of mine. $7.80 or $1.00 worth actually.
- Small tube of liquid nails $2.78 (i already had this).
- Drill Bit the same circumference as your bolt. $ 3.78 ( this was an “all ready had” item also.)
- 2 washers to fit your bolt. $Mere cents….
- A nut to fit your bolt. $mere cents….
- 2 wood rounds. my scrap wood was 3/4″ thick. your “smaller round” needs to be the circumference of the inside indentation of the bottom of your planter. (mine was 5.5″ across). The larger of the rounds will be an inch or so smaller than the bottom of the planters base tray. (mine was 7.5″ across). Cost ? subjective. (had this laying around). Now here is where you have to decide what you need. If the bottom of your planter is flat, without an indentation, you should make the small disk an inch smaller than the circumference of the bottom. In other words, just an inch or so smaller than the bottom of the planter. (don’t worry, I have plenty of pics. It is easier than it sounds.)
- A Can (or two) of Rustoleum Texture Spray. $7.89. ( other than the planter itself this was the most expensive item.) I used two cans to get super texture and heavy coverage but if I were going to paint it a color, I would have only used one for texture.
This is not as complicated as it sounds and there are plenty of pics to refer to so don’t freak out over the instructions.
You will be working with the planter and everything upside down, just remember that to keep it all in perspective.
These are the main items to start with. Remove the screw in the finial and discard.
Drill a whole through the center of the planter, planter base, finial and both rounds with the drill bit that is the circumference of your bolt.
Drill Planter Base
Drill center of planter
Drill center of finial
All the way through
Drill center through disks
remember, if your bottom is flat, you will have 2 large disks the same size and not a large and small. you only need one disk smaller if you have an indentation. If you have one, the disk must be flush against the bottom of the planter so when you put the bolt through and tighten the screw it does not crack the bottom of the planter as it will have no support. got that?
Apply Liquid Nails to the inside bottom indentation of your planter.
Then place the smaller wood disk (below)onto the glue. Be sure your holes are aligned. Place heavy object on top till glue is set.
Glue the large disk to the bottom of your planter base tray and let set, remember to align the holes.
Now for the support system
When the glue is dry, turn planter base right side up and place your bolt down through the bottom like the pic below. You want to leave enough of the bolt sticking up so when you pour the cement in it has a good firm hold on the bolt to keep it stable. Leave enough bolt sticking out the bottom to go through the finial, other disk and planter bottom. Also it should not stick up and out of the top too much as this is going to be flipped over and be the very bottom base of the whole planter and should be flat cement . You could assemble it and mark the bolt then un assemble and cement.
Make sure you have somewhere to place the base while the cement dries with the bolt sticking out the bottom before you pour in the cement. A 1 pound empty aluminum can or like we did, place the bolt between the spacing on our little scaffold thingy. Yes, I called it a thingy! When you have a secure, level place for it with the bolt sticking out the bottom, then pour in your cement and let it set.
This image should help you to see how the base is going to look when finished.
Assembly Required !
Once your cement is set, turn everything upside down and assemble !
We added a bit o’ glue in between the top of the finial and the bottom of the disk attached to the planter bottom as well as the bottom of the finial and the large wood disk on the base.
This is what it should look like assembled.
Just because I thought it would look more authentic, I took the mouse and sanded the top edge of the bottom disk to give it a softer edge. I also wanted texture so I glued a length of brick a brack around the wood disk as well ( step not shown). I also thought a string of beads would look cool but went with the brick a brack.
I wanted a design on the front of the planter. I printed a design off the computer, cut it out and traced the design onto a piece of foam I found in the crafts department at Walmart for .23 cents.
I cut it out and super glued it to the front of my planter.
The Foam Fleur de’ lis was applied with super glue. Be sure to glue as close to the edges of the foam applique as possible so it does not curl on you. It will be fine when dry because you are going to seal the edges well with the texture spray. You can see the brick a brack on the bottom disc here as well as the brand and color of the texture spray. The Texture is limited in color and I used Brown although it still looks very gray.
Here you can see how cool the texture spray looks! I love this. Remember I used 2 cans to get it on really heavy but if you are going to paint a color on your Footed Planter, you can use less and then spray on color.
To make them look like the beautiful glazed planters I love , spray paint them a really gorgeous color, let dry, then hit them with the “Glaze” spray as below.
But I kept this one natural and I am rather pleased with the outcome. It has been out in the rain and is doing great!
The Textured applique’ up close
The Big Reveal !
There you have it ! The cost to make, with one can of texture is about $25.00. I imagine you have as much stuff on hand as I do so you do not have to buy all the products. The texture spray being the most expensive item. Two can will drive it up to $35.00 but by comparison, that is still significantly less to DIY your own Footed Planter.
Hope you got inspired to make your own! Let me know how it go’s!