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Cow planter holds lots of charm

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY DON AND DAVE RUNYAN Published: April 23, 2012

Maybe it's their association with rural life or perhaps it's simply the placid expression on their faces, but there's just something appealing about cows. This fun and easy planter project is a great way to start a herd of your own this spring, no matter if you're down on the farm or deep in the heart of the city.

Filled with potted plants or flowers, the project looks great on the porch or patio, out in the yard or even indoors. And although she was designed as a planter, “Bessie” also will hold firewood or even magazines in bovine style. Built from less than 20 pieces cut from standard lumber and featuring full-size patterns for all the curves, the project is easy enough for anyone who loves cows.

Construction is simple. Just trace the pieces onto wood, cut everything out and sand. Assemble everything using glue and nails, then paint using the included guide or your own imagination. To finish, add a rope tail, leather ears and a cowbell.

The completed cow planter measures 37 inches long by 14 inches wide by 21 inches tall.

The Cow Planter plan, No. 825, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, exploded diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of three animal planter plans, No. C103, is $21.95 and includes this project plus a trio of deer planters and a donkey cart planter.

Please include $4 for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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