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2 Hour DIY Wood Planter Box

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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.

This project is part of a monthly challenge I participate in with some very talented bloggers. You can find all our past projects here. Scroll down to see this month’s 2 hour DIY projects at the end of this post.

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2 hour DIY wood planter box square

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.

2 hour DIY wood planter box square

Wood Planter Box

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $10

Make a stately wood planter box to add character to your landscape.


  • 16 1x4 pine boards cut to 12 inches long
  • 6 2x2 pine boards cut to 12 inches long
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill, with bits
  • Screws
  • Paint
  • Sealer


  1. Start by cutting the boards to the the sizes specified above. Sand down any rough edges before moving on.
  2. Assemble 3 2x2 boards into a U shape and secure with screws. 2 x 2 frame for wood planter box Repeat this process to make a second U shape.
  3. To make a side of the planter, lay 4 1x4 boards on top of 1 U shape and secure with screws. build sides of wood planter box Repeat this for the other U shape. This creates 2 sides of the wood planter box. side of wood planter box
  4. Join the 2 sides together with 1x4 boards and screws. join 2 sides of wood planter box You can use a square here to ensure your box is square and will sit evenly on the ground.
  5. Once the box is assembled, paint or stain it in the color of your choice. I like this spray paint. paint and seal wood planter box
  6. After the paint has dried fully, seal the planter with a clear sealer to protect the wood and paint.

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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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Saturday 27th of July 2019

Love how simple this planter is to make and it looks great! Love the color too!

Toni | Girl, Just DIY!

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

Thanks for the tips because I need a few new planter boxes for our porch. I love the color you chose to paint yours!


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

This looks great! I love it! And love the cost even more ;)


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

I love this look, and how affordable it is!


Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Such a cute planter box and so easy to put together!

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