Little Planter

by macouno, published

Little Planter by macouno Jun 17, 2013

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We bought some small plants which we originally wanted to put on our whiteboard in tiny pots with fridge magnets.

But... sadly... even though I had some really strong magnets, the whiteboard was so flimsy they wouldn't stick.

So I created these. They are tiny pots that fit snugly in a corner. Currently they bring some life to the smallest room in our home.


Print without raft and support to get a real nice smooth flat bottom. They should be flexible enough to detach easily from your platform.

I made the design with a 0.7mm thick wall all the way round... on my makerbot 1 that results in a real nice watertight/strong/flexible cup. I printed with default settings in ABS, but I expect it should come out good for almost anyone in any material.

If you want to modify yours... you can download the original source Blender file from here as well.

After printing I made a tiny hole in the back so I could hang them on a nail. But with the flat bottom you could also just use it on a shelf.

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How are you hanging the pot?

I used a "reamer" on a pocket knife to make a tiny hole in the back (a drill will do)... easier than designing a nicely printable hole ;)

So small and light... I used some double stick tape... working so far..

awesome idea but how do you handle the drainage of the pots?

I added some ceramic pellets in the bottom, then it's a case of: don't over-water. Seems to work ok so far.

The other option is to mix in some active charcoal or put some on the bottom. The same kind you use for terrariums. I'm an avid gardener so I use it in all my indoor plants and even some outdoor ones susceptible to mold like strawberries. Thanks for the print!

I printed your planter on my Relicator 2 using PLA. At .7mm I got some thin places and holes. Using the Blender file you published, I had Blender make it .9mm thick and it printed great. Thanks, I love the design.

HI Charles_Xavier & villekl, thanks for stopping by: I completely understand why you mention printing it upside down. Actually... look closely at the picture with the little green mossy plant. You can see that one's bottom is rounded, and it was printed upside down. But... I found you had to either thicken the print a lot or get the print settings "just right" to make it watertight. And the way I have it now, with the flat bottom. It makes a very nice merged/watertight surface, and is much easier to print. plus... I kind of like this style ;)

Thanks for the response! Can you upload your file for the round bottom'd part? I might try my hand at printing it and seeing just how good my print settings are. :)

Sorry I don't have that file any more. But it's basically a sphere elongated 1.5 times, with a wall thickness of 0.7mm, so it should be easy to make yourself.

It looks great! I bet you could print this upside down without any support, especially if the bottom was rounded out some more. Congrats on being featured!

Very nice. I have printed several pots like this but none looked this nice. A half circle for non-corner use would be nice. Also if you designed it other way up the bottom wouldn't have to be flat.