Create an Herb Solarium

Create an herb solarium

Begin starter plants early this season or keep fresh herbs in your kitchen year-round with this reflective, water-retaining table-top solarium.

You need
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Wooden Tray
  • Thin Sheet Metal
  • Small Piece of Wood
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1 5
Measure the dimensions of metal you will need to cut

Measure the dimensions of metal you will need to cut: Measure the bottom of the wooden tray, adding 1" in length and width to allow for extra lining up the tray walls. TIP: When cutting metal, wear work gloves and eye protection to avoid injury. Be sure to secure your workpiece to a tabletop with a clamp before cutting.

Step 2 5
Cut your metal using Dremel DSM20 and DSM510 Cutting blade

Cut your marked lines using the Dremel® DSM20 and DSM510 Metal Cutting Blade.

Step 3 5
Use A550 Comfort guard. Mark lines in all 4 corners of metal sheet

Mark lines in all 4 corners of the sheet metal, 1/2" from the edges and make cuts 1/2" deep. TIP: Use the A550 Comfort Guard for increased comfort from sparks. You still need to wear proper safety gear- work gloves and eye protection.

Step 4 5
Use edge of tabletop as guide.

Using the edge of your tabletop as your guide- fold 3 of the 1/2" walls of the lining to your solarium.

Step 5 5
Lay a piece of wood inside lining.

Lay a small piece of wood inside the lining to help you complete your last fold. Lay your sheet metal lining into a wooden tray. Add terracotta potted plants and water. TIP: Folding a perfect crease may be difficult. Once you have set the metal lining in your tray, you may need to pound into place using a rubber mallet.


To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.