A wood planter box is a statement piece that can add depth and character to your landscape. I love the look of big stately planters but they are typically expensive. Today I’m sharing this 2 hour DIY wood planter box in an effort to show you how to create a rich looking landscape at a fraction of the price.
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For this project I wanted something to fill a bare spot in my front yard. This spot is next to large hydrangeas and lilies so it couldn’t be a small pot of annuals. I need something large and stately.
I also wanted a box that I could easily pop potted plants into. This way I am not filling this huge box with dirt. I can just slide a pre-potted arrangement into the box.
Scroll down for a step by step tutorial on how to make this planter box. Here are a few tips before you start this project.
Wood Planter Box Tips
- Use pine common board to keep costs down.
- Decide what size box you need, is it a square or rectangle, and adjust the cuts accordingly.
- Paint/stain and seal the box correctly so it will hold up to all outdoor conditions.
For this planter box project you don’t need any fancy tools. You’ll need a saw and power drill. I used a miter saw to cut my boards but a hand saw will work just fine.
Let’s jump into this project and I’ll show you how easy it is to make a planter.
- 16 1x4 pine boards cut to 12 inches long
- 6 2x2 pine boards cut to 12 inches long
- Drill, with bits
- Start by cutting the boards to the the sizes specified above. Sand down any rough edges before moving on.
- Assemble 3 2x2 boards into a U shape and secure with screws. Repeat this process to make a second U shape.
- To make a side of the planter, lay 4 1x4 boards on top of 1 U shape and secure with screws. Repeat this for the other U shape. This creates 2 sides of the wood planter box.
- Join the 2 sides together with 1x4 boards and screws. You can use a square here to ensure your box is square and will sit evenly on the ground.
- Once the box is assembled, paint or stain it in the color of your choice. I like this spray paint.
- After the paint has dried fully, seal the planter with a clear sealer to protect the wood and paint.
This 2 hour DIY wood planter box is easy to make and costs less to make than buy. You can build one of these boxes over the weekend and have a new eye catching planter in your yard in no time.
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