Make a planter from a hardware store duct cap.

Make a planter out of a duct capLately I’ve been into walking through the aisles of The Home Depot and seeing what I can find to turn into a craft project. If you haven’t tried it yourself, it’s a fun challenge! Today I’m going to share how to make a planter from a very unusual supply – but it’s a supply that you can get at the hardware store (aka, The Home Depot). So what is it?

I was in the plumbing/HVAC section when I noticed this guy:

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.44.03 PMIt’s a duct cover/cap. And I thought – that would make a great planter for my porch. I liked the low profile, and I already had the perfect stuff on hand to make it over. I had no idea how it was going to turn out, but I love the results. Here’s how I did it.

Gather These Supplies

  • Duct cap – pick any size; I chose 12″
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Spray paint or primer
  • Fabric of your choice; I used scraps
  • Paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife and mat
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_2054First I spray painted my duct cap with primer. It took about five minutes – so easy.

IMG_2040Then I prepared my fabric with Outdoor Mod Podge. All I did was lay a strip of fabric out and spread a medium layer of Mod Podge on top and let dry. It makes it easier to cut without fraying (especially with a craft knife).

IMG_2049Measure the fabric (I used 1 1/2″) and then cut with the craft knife and a ruler.

IMG_2061Mod Podge the strip of fabric to the duct cap – using Outdoor Mod Podge, of course! Give several coats and let dry.

IMG_2066Now’s the time to plant. I bought these high sun plants from The Home Depot too. I have no idea what they are, but the high sun part is important.

IMG_2068I’m a huge pig when it comes to pretty much any craft . . . gardening/planting is included as well. So I busted out the Bounty paper towels to help clean up the mess.

IMG_2069These paper towels are 2x thicker than normal paper towels – and they don’t tear while I’m using them, which frustrates me with lesser paper towels. They are so strong that I was able to clean up my entire mess with just a few towels! The nice part is that while you are snagging your DIY supplies at The Home Depot, you can get the Bounty paper towels there too.

Make a planter from a duct coverMy table is all clean and I love my new planter! It’s so little and cute.

How to make a cover from a duct coverDoesn’t it look smashing with the owl?

How to make a planter out of a duct cap coverWhat do you think? Wouldn’t it be fun to have several of these in different sizes? I can’t wait to make more.

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    • Kathy says

      I can’t wait to try the planter project. Sounds simple enough even “I” may be able to do it. I use nothing but Bounty in my home and even when I try any project or craft.

  1. Patricia says

    I’ll need Bounty paper towels to clean up my paint brushes after painting our deck this summer. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. says

    I actually want to make THIS project for my next DIY project. But I also just scored 2 pallets from a roadside, so the possibilities are endless!

  3. Brenda B says

    I’ve got to paint a dining room. I’m a paint magnet so will need lots of paper towels, hopefully using Bounty will cut down that number!

  4. pam says

    I have a clock I would like to repaint & then Mod Pdge to change the theme in my kitchen. It was grapes/fruit & now it is becoming Red Vintage/Coffee theme.
    I could also tie in this project.

  5. Shelley @ Fort Worth Mama says

    What a great idea. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  6. betty wojnar says

    I’m baby proofing the house!!! which means lots of cleaning with paper towels

  7. Jessica Hill says

    Well, pretty much the project of life. I use Bounty towels every day to clean up the kids, wipe down the kitchen, blot up crafting messes, you name it!

  8. Jess Stanard says

    I have a ton of ideas for projects I plan on doing with in the next few months that could benefit with some dependable Bounty paper towels. These projects are mostly home decor items I have seem online for outrageous prices that I can make myself if planned and executed properly. I also want to repaint my living room and two bedrooms, I need some change to break the monotony.

  9. Robyn d. says

    Having a finger-paint party with my grand kids! Lots of paper towels will be needed after that!!

  10. Kimberly pacino says

    I’ll definitely need the Bounty paper towels for helping my sister clean off her deck furniture and chairs, and kitchen island and kitchen table, for the 4th of July party!

  11. stacy says

    I want to make some modge podge washer necklaces for our girls all star softball team. Crafting is so fun!

  12. Marissa says

    This is really cute mod podge idea!!! Glad I am not only one that browses aisles of stores to see what I can create with my MP !

  13. Christina says

    Painting… I have a few projects that I would love to paint. I also have a few ideas for some DIY type of canvases using some pictures from our trip to TN at Christmas

  14. Jennifer Smith says

    My upcoming project is CLEANING & CRAFTING for the 4th of July! Big party @ my loft where we’re watching the Belton 4th of July’s 86th Annual Parade from the comfort of my air conditioning!

  15. says

    I pretty much need paper towels for EVERYTHING- so, so much gluing, painting, etc. happens at our place! The planter’s cute- may need to make a few of those. They’d be great for succulents! Thanks for the giveaway, and everything you do. Have a happy Independence Day!

    – Heather R., The Real Leopardstripes

  16. CSM says

    Bounty, when combined w/duck tape, makes an awesome bandage when home improvement projects go horribly, horribly wrong. OUCH!

  17. Sharlene Piscitelli says

    I’m in the middle of staining some outdoor furniture and Bounty sure comes in handy.

  18. Sandy W says

    That’s a cute idea Amy! I love shopping the hardware stores for my craft and scrapping supplies.

  19. Jeanne says

    I, too, LOVE to encourage my imagination by going to Home Depot or Lowe’s. Great thinking outside the box. And thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Amy Reed says

    My girls want to make some 4th of July decor and wearables that all involve glitter.. never enough Bounty for all the glitter my girls use!

  21. Elena says

    I use paper towels not only for clean up but in the creative process itself. The towels are great for creating different effects when painting, for example, providing different texture, and wiping of color selectively.

  22. Angel Chambers says

    This planter is soooo cute! I must try it. Love me some Bounty paper towels. I but the 12 roll pack and use them for everything from cleaning up messes, to rolling a roll of towels across mixed media sprayed paper to pick up extra liquid, to scrunching up and using to create texture in paint. They r super strong and last a while, even after rinsing. Thanks so much!

  23. says

    Hey Amy,
    I am currently working on transforming (aka podging makeover) a vintage wooden dustpan (I think) into a magazine rack. I always keep Bounty paper towels close by — for clean up, drying brushes, etc.
    Altered Artworks

  24. Tina says

    I want to make the planter I think I might go out and get the stuff tonight. I all ready have the plants to go in it. I was just wondering if you used any drain holes and did you get the cute little owl st Home Depot

    • says

      Hi Tina! You can tap drain holes into the bottom with a nail and hammer. I thought about it but my porch gets SO hot . . . water evaporates quickly! The owl is from Target :D

  25. Julie Henderson says

    I cannot even tell you how much I love to go to hardware/home stores to look at stuff w/ a crafter’s eye!!! But I love them for all the great tools, supplies, gadgets, & stuff to use at home. Thanks for the cute idea & for the giveaway! Blessings to all! :-)

  26. Hanna R says

    I read that as “planter out of duct tape”, and I thought you’d lost your mind. The duct CAP looks super cute! I’m working on painting a dresser for my son- bigger project than I anticipated!

  27. Katherine says

    Are you kidding? I use Bounty for every craft project I do! I bet we could have a craft-off to see who is the biggest pig when creating. I have to have a roll in my bathroom, a roll in my kitchen, a roll in the garage, a roll in the laundry room, and a couple of rolls in my studio. I am getting ready to Podge a couple of drab bookcases I have (as soon as I find what I want to cover them with) – and then it will be time to buy stock in Bounty. I am SOO messy when I Podge! Thanks for the great giveaway – you rock, as always! :)

  28. Amy says

    I dont have any particular diy projects but anything my kids make creates a mess and using paper towels to clean up is a must.

  29. Marilyn Tucker says

    Pretty much all of my crafting uses glue or paint and I make a mess with my soil too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Karen Smith says

    I just got supplies together to mod podge a large cardboard letter and Bounty paper towel (seriously, its what I use) is what I use for cleaning up.

  31. Belinda C. says

    ….for food preparation for my granddaughter’s 7th birthday party this weekend! =)

  32. Kimberly says

    I’m getting ready to make a jewelry hanger and Bounty would certainly come in handy ;)

  33. Donna says

    I’m starting my spring cleaning (late!) and will be going through a LOT of paper towels

  34. says

    I am experimenting with stamping and watercolor for card making and home decor. I found papertowels are useful for blotting during creating as well as cleaning.

  35. Teresa says

    I’m learning how to weave and I’m using tshirts. I love it so far but the tarn (tshirt yarn) does create dust so I’ll need a lot of Bounty towels to clean up after myself.

  36. Aimee Marie says

    I have a *crafty* 7 year old that loves to paint & glue everything, so bounty comes in handy all the time at my house

  37. Erika W. says

    I’m going to be refinishing an old kitchen table and coffee table to go in my new place! Def will need Bounty for the clean-up!

  38. Susan Christy says

    Going to be doing some painting indoors and a serious cleaning of my patio furniture..

  39. Jonathan Baker says

    We need to repaint our bathroom so Bounty paper towels would be a great help!

  40. marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings says

    I adore the planter so so pretty. I don’t have any specific diy projects in mind but I do have a few recipes I’ve been meaning to sort out that bounty would definitely come in handy for

  41. Heather says

    I would like to paint the basement and clean the garage. Bounty would be very helpful with both!

  42. Meghan Finley says

    We are going to start painting soon and with a toddler, they will come in quite handy. I anticipate plenty of messes !

  43. Alycia says

    I’m going to attempt to do paper bag flooring soon – definitely need paper towels to clean up that mess!

  44. Sandy Lewis says

    I need Bounty when I’m water color painting! or stamping, inking, spray inking, scrapbooking, card making, altering anything… I guess always!

  45. Lisa A. says

    My older kiddos will be helping me repaint the hallway since our toddler put his artistry skills to work outside my office door. (when they’re quiet – they might be up to something). We will definitely need Bounty for cleanup of any paint drips or spills,

  46. Georgia beckman says

    well, it’s not really a DIY “project” per se, but 11 of our grandchildren are coming over for craft day next weekend, lol. We’ll definitely be grabbing the Bounty paper towels!

  47. Anna evans says

    I use bounty paper towels literally everyday, from cleaning the kitchen & bathroom, cleaning up my workshop, & of course there are sooooo many ways to utilize bounty paper towels no matter what project I’m working on! My next project is to build a small table using an old window pane as the top, so I know I’ll need my bounty, as always!

  48. Carmen Lucero says

    I guess I’ll never look at hardware store items the same way again! Good eye! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

    Carmen L
    cal8007 at aol dot com

  49. Jenn McClearn says

    we will be painting baby #3’s room very soon I am sure we will go through a lot of paper towels :)

  50. Carol scheive says

    We will be painting our front porch and railing. I love this idea for a planter.It is a great idea and so easy to make.

  51. Anne Suplee says

    I am definitely trying this! My daughter uses duct tape like crazy. Oh, and I’m great at making messes and only use Bounty, it’s the only thing that can keep up with me!

  52. Kellie says

    You have very neat projects in this side and I have done some of them. I enjoy seeing all of your great ideas!

  53. Whitney says

    I love this, super cute! I love using Bounty Paper towels when doing any kind of painting or glittering project, it definitely works the best when cleaning up spills.