Replicate the forest floor and take the woodland indoors with this DIY and pot recipe in one.
You will need:
- Timber (shutterboard or any scrap wood) cut to:
2 x 400mm x 150mm x 18mm for the sides
2 x 150mm x 135mm x 18mm for the ends
1 x 400mm x 175mm x 18mm for the base
12 x 35mm x 4mm full-thread cut screws
- A selection of woodland materials like bark, moss, dried leaves and lichen.
- Potting soil (mix 4 parts potting soil with a part palm coir)
- Coarse gravel
- A selection of low-light plants like ferns and African violets.
- Cordless drill
- 4mm drill bit
- 10mm drill bit
- screwdriver bit
- glue gun
- tape measure
Begin by making the container. Drill two 4mm pilot holes through the ends of the two sides and the base.
Screw the sides onto the two end pieces using the pre-drilled holes, to form a box.
Screw the base into place, then drill a few 10mm drainage holes in the base.
Spray with a dark brown spray-paint that can be painted straight onto the wood container without the need for primer. Allow to dry.
Using a glue gun, stick bits of bark, moss, leaves and lichen to the outside of the container.
Plant up with a selection of ferns and African violets or any woodland type plants that enjoy low light. When planting we used a layer of gravel, then a mix of potting soil and palm coir at a ratio of 4:1