These planters go together easily and quickly. The top rests in place as a decorative cover more than a functioning brace. You cannot plant anything inside of the planter because of the open base but I prefer the open design personally. This way the plant can breathe and water flows out better than collecting at the bottom and causing root rot. I highly recommend these planters!
The bottom is a flimsy x shape. I will have to buy a pot to put inside the planter which defeats the purpose of the planter. The bottom is flimsy enough that I doubt it will be able to hold the weight of soil and a pot.