How to Make Bamboo Bundle Planter

Real bamboo makes a great planter for many reasons. It can be used in its natural form, it is relatively decay resistant, and does well when exposed to outside conditions. Bamboo is also fairly easy to work with. Here are the steps to making your own bamboo bundle planter from Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds.

Tools & Materials

3”- or 4”-dia. x 8-ft. bamboo pole  (or equivalent in shorter pieces)  
Clear silicon caulk/adhesive (optional)  
Waxed lashing twine (or hemp or  jute twine)  
Hacksaw, handsaw, or miter saw  
Drill and ½” bit  
Band clamp or tie-down strap


Cut the bamboo pieces to length according to your design, using a hacksaw, handsaw, or miter saw. Draw a continuous cutting line by wrapping the bamboo with a straight piece of paper; align the side edges of the paper on your mark, then trace along the paper to make the line. Remember that each planter section must have a node to hold the soil. Tip: To prevent tear-out and splintering, wrap masking tape around the circumference of the pole before making the cut. Drill holes with a ½” spade bit through the nodes for drainage. For this plan, we cut the bamboo into 4-, 6-, 10-, 13-, 15-, 18-, and 22-inch pieces, but you can use any sizes that look good.


Dry-assemble the bamboo pieces until you find an arrangement that pleases you. File down any very pronounced nodes in the area where they will butt against another piece of bamboo—this improves the fit by making the parts flush. Also try spinning the bamboo pieces to find the spot where the profiles match best—the poles are usually a little wider in one direction.


If a piece has two nodes, you may have to break one out. Drill one or more holes with a large drill bit or hole saw to make room for the soil and plant roots. Drill a ½” hole in each node for drainage, then drop in a circle of aluminum screen or landscape fabric to hold the soil in.

Tie a decorative band of jute or hemp twine around the planter assembly. To prevent soil from falling through the drainage holes, cover each bottom node with a disc of landscape fabric or insect screening before adding soil.  Finally, wrap the bamboo tightly with hemp or jute twine, winding the twine around so that each wrap sits neatly on top of the one before it. Black waxed lashing twine is a traditional material used to bind bamboo joints, while hemp or jute has a coloring that’s more similar to natural bamboo— either choice will look good. Tip: When you add soil to each pole, only add it to within 1” of the top. If you overfill it, mud will run out when the planter is watered and the planter will look very dirty.






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