How To Make A Slot Together Pyramid Planter

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Pyramid Planter

Pyramid planters are great for growing various plants especially if you don’t have a lot of space in your garden or yard.

It’s very easy and cheap to make as it’s made from recycled pallet timbers. All you need is an hour and a half and some basic woodworking skills.

Pyramid Planter

This simple yet clever design makes it easy for you to dismantle the planter. That allows you to move it to different locations to suit the season or the crop. And when not in use, it won’t take a lot of storage space in your garden shed.

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You’ll need these materials:

  • 3/4 MDF Board/Wood Planks
  • Sand Paper

And these tools:

  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Tenon Saw
  • Chisel


First, you need to cut 4 pieces of ¾ board that is 3 ½ x 43 inches as the base tier.

Then create corner slip joints. Take note that the slip joints should have a depth of 1 ¼ inches, but the slip joints for the BASE tier should be 1 ¾ inches deep. This is to ensure stability for the entire planter.

Pyramid Planter

Measure 2 inches from the edge of each plank. Of course, the thickness of these slots should be ¾ where your planks can fit.

For the slots for the above tier, measure 8 inches from the inside edge of the first slot. See picture.


Remember that you should always measure inwards, so that your dimensions are even – two inches from the edge of the plank for the bottom slot, and 8 inches from the inside edge of that bottom slot for the slip joint of the above tier. This is the only measurement you have to remember throughout the construction.

Pyramid Planter

Each tier has a distance of 8 inches from the inside edge of the previous tier, and the slots are cut 2″ from the end of each plank.

Pyramid Planter

Use chisel to refine the slots. Sand the planks to avoid splinters. Apply at least two coats of wood preservative.

Pyramid Planter

Assemble it in its final place…

Pyramid Planter

… and you are ready to fill it with compost and plants!

Pyramid Planter

Thanks to Gareth for the original idea!


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    [email protected] Trekker

    Great DIY project and I love your selection of materials to re purpose.

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    Thanks Charlie 🙂

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