Skip to main content

DIY Wood Planter Boxes

Have you noticed that plants and flowers look super vibrant in wood planters?  Maybe it's the combination of natural elements working together - the green plants, warmth of the wood, and the texture of the compost/mulch, all highlighted by the burst of color from the flowering plants.  And, planter boxes are surprisingly easy to make ....




For this project, we used salvaged pressure-treated fence boards from our stockpile.  Along with being pressure-treated, they have been out in the elements for quite some time and are naturally weathered.



To begin, we bought black plastic rectangular planters (similar to the one below) to use as liners - two for each wood planter.  We found them at Home Depot for $10 each and they are 24" long.


Assembling the wood planter boxes was super easy - they are basically a topless box with an open framed bottom. 

We started with the two ends made with 2x4's as supports.  



Then attached the long horizontal boards and 2x4's to the bottom to support the black liners, turning the planter upside down to determine the placement of the supports.



To serve as "feet," we attached 2x4's to the underside of the planter, allowing the 2x4 to extend beyond the bottom of the planter.   Everything was secured with long decking screws.





A light dry brushing with Minwax Jacobean wood stain on the cut ends was all it took to make the fresh cuts look old and weathered.





These two planters are now on the patio of our oldest son's home.  He has a major green thumb (it skipped a generation!) and the planters are filled with beautiful, thriving plants!





The finished dimensions are over 4' long and 18" wide (each planter).    




Hubby and I really enjoyed making these with materials we already had on hand.  Was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday in our "workshop" (a.k.a. garage)!   




Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting!  



Shared with:

Comments

  1. What a great project! So well made and they look lovely, too, especially when all planted up. Thank you for sharing the "how to"s.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your planters look great Carolyn! Can't beat that price to make them either. Pinned to share 👍🏻

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a great idea! I love this. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    ReplyDelete
  4. That's a great idea!I want to actually get something similar done but in time for next winter to store hats, mitts, and scarves and make them distresses as I hate my makeshift boxes right now lol.

    ReplyDelete
  5. These are amazing! The hubs literally has a truck full of reclaimed wood that he got at work. I'm going to see if he can use them for this project. We have limited balcony space at our apartment so things like planters are a must so we can enjoy growing our own veggies and herbs in the summer months.

    I would love it if you would share this and more on my weekly link party : )

    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-005/

    ReplyDelete
  6. You did a wonderful job!
    Now the growing begins!
    Thanks for sharing this at Thoughts of Home-

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks mom for my planters! All my neighbors compliment them and I have the best looking balcony around! I refer them to your blog to build their own. You're so talented!!! Love always, your oldest son! :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Frugal Craft Space - File Cabinet Makeover

After years of having our kitchen island serve as my craft table, I am excitedly creating a craft space in our guest room where craft supplies and equipment can remain set up and ready to go!  I envisioned a large craft table supported by two 2-drawer file cabinets.  The cabinets provide great storage, but were less than attractive and desperately needed a makeover.




The first criteria for the new craft space was to be frugal and to use items we already had on hand whenever possible - basically, the same criteria for any project we undertake. No surprise there!



 Supplies:

Two metal 2-drawer file cabinets
Four decorative drawer pulls
Zinsser 123 Primer
Latex Paint
12 large wood paint stir sticks
Paint brush
Mitre saw box or hand saw 
Loctite Power Grab adhesive
220 grit sandpaper
Wood filler


We already had one file cabinet and located another of the exact same height at a local thrift store for only $15.  Along with being thrifty, an added bonus is that older metal file cabinets are made really well…

DIY Console Table Reveal

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and turned our garage into a workshop as we measured, measured again, cut, assembled and sanded the boards that would result in this beauty ....







To say that we like it is an understatement!  

This journey began with the need to replace our drastically undersized original console table and you can read more about that HERE.



Our inspiration was Ana White's Rustic X Console.  We followed Ana's wonderful free plans to construct the frame using 2" x 2" and 2" x 4" boards.  These were the only boards we had to purchase, as we had the two shelf boards (1" x 12" each) and three tabletop boards (2" x 6" each) on hand.

The finished dimensions are a whopping 76-1/2" x 18" x 32" - a little over 6 feet, making it much more appropriately sized for our 18' long wall (our original console table was only 42".)

You'll notice a few additional foyer changes as well.  The wall was…

Antique Map Chest

A treasured piece of furniture in our home is a chest of drawers that belonged to my dear father-in-law. This sweet chest made a long road trip years ago with hubby and I to our home in Texas from dear father-in-law's home in Ontario, Canada.
We have the perfect place for it in our dining room and it is a convenient and wonderful place to store all of my table linens.  It's very dark and layered in decades of aged varnish.  After a few years of being in our home, I painted gold stripes on the drawers.
Here's the before:
Recently, I was ready for a change but didn't want to totally refinish it or change the dark exterior.   When I ran across these George Stanley map design paper beverage napkins at Home Goods, I knew they'd be perfect to give the chest a new look!
Supplies used: ~~ Beverage napkins ~~ Mod Podge, Matte ~~ 2" disposable bristle brush ~~ Plastic wrap ~~ Folk Art Coffee Latte Craft Paint ~~ Dark paint (custom mix) ~~ Light paint (custom mix) 
The napkins were 3…