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Where do you fall on the “Power Tool Spectrum”?

I want so badly to be one of those girls who wields a circular saw like it’s no big deal. I am not that girl. At all. I know my way around a drill…and that’s where my knowledge ends. I’m totally intimidated by a circular saw and nail guns seem more like weapons of mass destruction. I watch home improvement shows, somehow thinking that I’ll learn through osmosis. The same way I hoped I would learn calculus by sleeping on my textbooks. Turns out neither strategy works. Shocker. I still don’t know how to use a nail gun and I still don’t understand calculus. The ship has sailed on my advanced math skills, but I am bound and determined to conquer power tools. Fact of the matter is this: a girl with a power tool is cooler than all the other girls. She just is. It’s science.

In the meantime, I’ve got a tip for all you would be power toolers. If you see a power tool project that you love – give it a shot – but on a smaller scale. That’s exactly how I tackled today’s DIY. The original version of this project is a patio planter constructed with 2×2’s and cement pavers. It’s a beautiful project. You can check it some examples of it here, here and here. But, me? I’m in the business of doability. I want to make this as easy as possible, which means shrinking the paver planter into something that I can create on my craftroom desk.  Instead of 2x2s? Square dowels. Instead of cement pavers? Ceramic bathroom tiles. Instead of power tools? A plain ol’ saw. Instead of a trip to the emergency room? Movie night at home with me, the hubs and all ten of my fingers.


Supplies not pictured:

  • Gorilla Glue
  • Spray paint in your choice of colors
  • Drill
  • Soil & plants
  • Heavy duty trash bag


  • Use drill and screws to attach one 4.25″ dowel between two 5.25″ dowels. Attach the dowel so that 1/2″ legs extend beneath. You will repeat this step to create two of the pieces pictured.
  • Use Gorilla Glue to adhere another 4.25″ dowel as shown.
  • Glue the remaining two 4.25″ dowels into place until you have a frame like this. Then take the remaining three dowels and screw them into the bottom of the frame to create a slatted “floor”


  • Tape off the tiles as shown and spray paint them in your choice of colors, making sure that the finished edge will be on top.
  • Allow the first spray paint application to dry completely, then tape off again and spray paint in another color.
  • The finished tiles will look something like this.
  • Use gorilla glue to adhere the tiles into each side of the frame. Allow to dry completely.


  • The finished planter will look like this.
  • Place a piece of a trash bag into the planter then use scissors to trim to create a clean edge. Fill with soil.





IMG_5895How’s that for doable!? But you’re not off the hook – and neither am I. We still need to conquer our fear of power tools, which is why you should get your butt over to The Home Depot this Thursday, April 16th where you’ll learn how to make the full-sized version of this project and have the chance to try your hand at power tooling.

Register HERE to save your seat and if you’re in the South Florida area, come visit the North Miami Beach Home Depot location, where I will be co-hosting the workshop…and did I mention that this very planter will be up for grabs along with some other special prizes I’m bringing with me? So yeah – be there.joinme

This is a sponsored conversation brought to you by The Home Depot. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own. 

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20 thoughts on “DIY Desktop Tile Planter

  1. Girl, I’m with you on that circular saw thing. Add nail guns, heat guns, table saws and pretty much every other power tool to that list, except for a drill. I can wield a drill like nobody’s business, yo. 😉 I LOVE this desktop planter, it is ADORABLE. I’m making one as SOON as possible, thank you so much for the tutorial!

    1. Ok – Brigitte. We gotta do this. If you learn the circular saw, I’ll learn the nail gun, ok?! LOL. In the meantime, you should definitely make this project. It’s easy even for power tool idiots like us. If you make it, I’d love to see how it turns out!

  2. Oh, bummer! I just returned from FL, and I totally would have made a special trip to the Home Depot, JUST to meet you! You are awesome, Girl!

    1. Bollocks! We just missed each other. If you want to attend the workshop, you can still find one in your area. Of course, I won’t be there though but you will still have tons of fun. The next time you find your way to Florida – gimme a holler!

  3. My grandfather was a carpenter so I always say it must be in my blood… I’ve put together more boxed desks and bookshelves than I can count. I have a deep longing to help build a Habitat for Humanity house… of course my skills are limited to the tools I own – a hammer, a drill, and wrench set… LOL
    I really like how you broke down the large project into something bite-sized to try out. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Let’s just say that if I tried to build a house – no one would have any business living in it! Kudos to your awesome power tooling skills!

  4. Great post Amber. Good luck today in Home Depot. Wish I could be there but I am not doing too badly as I’m in South of France for week…..Happy Crafting.

  5. Hi Amber,
    I can only wish I lived in Florida so I could have gone to another HD that actually had it together. I went for the workshop on Thurs. and they had no clue, nothing ready, Etc. Then said it would be on Sat after the Organic Gardening so I made my second attempt to find that again, they were not prepared. So, I think I will attempt your cute desk top
    planter instead!!

  6. Thanks for the excellent informative stuff. Another awesome DYI project i found via Google. Love the way you sharing each details. Very helpful and much appreciated.

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