This DIY lattice-look planter, which requires no cutting, lets you decorate a wall and gain gardening space.
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Wood lath is sold in 50-piece bundles. You’ll need 33 pieces for this project, so sort through the bundle and select the straightest ones. Altogether, you’ll create five layers of slats with the slat direction alternating between layers.
Place six pieces of lath, face-to-face with the ends flush, for the first layer -- the front layer of vertical slats once it’s hung. On the edge of the six-slat bundle, mark the location of the upper edge of each slat in layer two -- what will be the first horizontal layer (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Use a framing square to extend the marks across the six slats.
Lay 10 pieces of lath edge-to-edge with the ends flush for the second layer. On the faces of the slats, mark the location of the first-layer slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). Use a framing square to extend the marks across all 10 slats.
Arrange the second layer on your work surface with the marks facing up. Starting with the top two rows of lath, apply exterior wood glue where the first layer covers the second layer and set the first layer in position. The rough surface of the lath will soak up the glue, so be generous.
Drive a wire nail at each intersection to hold the parts together until the glue dries, or use a staple gun to speed up the assembly. If the staples do not sit flat when you drive them, hammer them flush. As you attach each row, move the next one into position, align the marks, and fasten the layers together.
To save your fingertips from a misplaced hammer blow, use needle-nose pliers to hold the finish nails.
After the layer of slats is attached to the top two rows of the second-layer, glue and nail the remaining locations where the slats overlap. To account for the waviness of the lath, bend the strips until the layout marks connect before nailing them together.
After the glue dries, carefully flip the two-layer assembly over. Mark the third-layer slat locations on the second-layer outside slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Apply glue where the slats will overlap and tack the slats in place. Let the glue dry.
When adding slats for layers three, four, and five, first tack the ends in place. Then check the slat spacing in the middle. Flex the slats into alignment as necessary, and glue and tack them in place as near to the middle as possible. With the ends and middle tacked in place, glue and tack the remaining joints.
Mark fourth layer slat locations on the two third-layer end slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Apply glue and tack the fourth-layer slats in place. Let the glue dry.
Mark layer-five slat locations on the layer-four top and bottom slats (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Apply glue and tack the slats in place. Let the glue dry.
Cover sawhorses with newspaper and position the lath grid face-down on them. Paint the grid using an exterior spray paint in the color you like. Work outdoors on a warm, windless day when applying the aerosol paint. After the final coat dries, turn the assembly over and paint the front.
Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the grid at the corners and fasten it to a wall, fence, or even free-standing posts with 2-inch deck screws.
Loop 24-inch nylon cable ties around the grid members and adjust them so the shoulder of a clay flowerpot rests securely on the loop (Project Diagram, Drawing 5). Place them so that the ties loop behind the second or third layer to provide good strength.
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