How to Make a DIY Triangle Shelf Planter

I can’t wait to share how I made the cutest DIY triangle shelf planter using a $3 Dollar Store triangle shelf and an old play-doh container.

Last month, y’all voted for us to make something from the good ole Dollar Store.  I can’t say I’m a frequent Dollar Store shopper.  But I had a really good time making this DIY triangle shelf.

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents

Welcome back for another month of Create with Me DIY Challenge!  You can catch up on past months here.

Even with my husband and I to referee, the boys begged for every.little.thing in the store.  Craziness.

After we got them a kickball, bubbles, and 4 water guns (I’m not kidding), I had approximately 30 seconds to find something.  That’s when I spotted the cutest triangle shelves.  I mean, it was like hitting the Dollar Store lottery.

I should mention, that we went to Five Below, which is basically the same thing as the Dollar Store.  But, if you’re looking for the cute triangle shelf (which has SO much potential) head to Five Below.

Supplies for DIY Triangle Shelf:

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents

I actually liked the way the shelf looked already so no painting is needed!  Woo!

I originally wanted to just set a small terra cotta pot on the shelf and call it a day.  But, none of the pots I had on hand would fit and we weren’t about to take the kids back out to another store…

Step 1. Paint the Play-Doh Container

So, I grabbed one of the kids’ old  Play-Doh containers (because we go through this stuff like water) and spray-painted it a matte black color.

This gave it more of a potted plant look and you can’t even tell it was originally a Play-Doh container!

Step 2. Drill Hole in DIY Planter Shelf

My hubby used a 2″ Hole Saw to cut a hole centered on the shelf. To center find a tape measure and mark up the center for the length then do the same for the width. This makes a perfect spot to drill this hole.

Of course, the 2″ Hole Saw was just a tad too big for the Play-Doh container and slid right through.

Step 3. Wrap Rope to Make a Rim

Being a craft hoarder, I found some thick rope I had on hand and hot-glued it to the rim.  Problem solved!

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents

Technically, you could use a real plant here, but it would have to be a succulent or something that doesn’t require a ton of soil/water.

Step 4. Add Faux Plant for Shelf

Since I have a mini obsession with a string of pearls (both faux and real!), I decided to use some faux here.

I stuffed a paper towel in the bottom of the Play-Doh container and hot glued some string of pearls succulent around the top, leaving some to drape over the edge.

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents

That’s it, my friends!

I can’t believe how stinkin’ cute this little planter turned out!

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents
DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents
DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents
DIY Triangle Shelf Planter using a $3 Dollar Store Shelf and old play-doh container. Dollar store craft | DIY craft | upcycle | planter ideas | succulents

Alright, friends!

And, check out what the other talented ladies created this month:

DIY Etched Glass Beer Mugs via My Life from Home

Watercolor Labels via Little Bits of Home

Vase with Pops of Pretty Pineapples via Knock it Off Kim

DIY Triangle Shelf Planter via Making Joy and Pretty Things (that’s me)

DIY Fourth of July Art via Our Crafty Mom

Industrial Bin via North Country Nest

Wishing you a joyful day!

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14 Comments

  1. This is darling! I need to see if there are any Five Below stores in our area – I really love the geometric-shaped shelves trend 🙂

  2. This is awesome!! I love how you used a play doh container! I so remember those days-playdoh & Legos everywhere, we have a five below. I’m going to see if I can find this little shelf. It is so cute!

  3. This is the sweetest little craft I think I’ve ever seen. I love it and would like a whole gallery wall of them. Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love this! What a cute idea using the Play-doh container. I remember having those all over my house just a few years ago. Somehow with the Play-doh missing, lol. I am totally into succulents right now and love anything and everything using faux ones. Great project idea!

    1. HAHA! Isn’t it amazing how the Play-Doh just disappears? We end up throwing so much away because they never put it back in the container and it all dries out. I have about a billion of those containers lying around if you want to borrow any 😉