Jessica, from Four Generations One Roof, found a great looking $500 planter online—but she wasn’t about to shell out for that price tag. Instead she turned to DIY—and her dad—to make her own stylish and affordable outdoor planter, using wood scraps she already had on hand. Read on to see how it’s done.
MATERIALS & TOOLS
- (2) 11″ x 36″ pieces of 2″ x 6″ pressure treated wood
- (4) 1×8 pieces
- Wood trim
- Table saw
- Miter saw
Cut your base (bottom of your planter). We cut (2) 11″ x 36″ pieces of 2″ x 6″ pressure treated wood. I wanted the base to be a little thicker then the sides so we used 2″ thick pressure treated wood for the base only. The rest of the planter (sides and top) is 1″ thick pressure treated wood.
Next, we placed our two pieces of 11″ x 36″ base pieces side-by-side.
Next we cut three pieces of 1″ x 8″ at 11″ long as cleats. The cleats are what will hold your planter together. Space them accordingly (as shown below) and screw them to your base. Keep in mind that you need to stagger your screws so that you do not split the wood. A little tip I learned from my dad!
Flip your base over so the cleats are face down. Next we made side cleats (legs) in order to have something to nail the sides of the planter to. We cut four pieces of 1″ x 8″ at 12 inches long as the cleats. We used a finish gun with 1 3/4″ galvanized finish nails (they won’t rust) to adhere the cleats to the base and then reinforced with screws. You will need to nail and screw the cleats on an angle. See below how we essentially made legs.
Next we cut four pieces for our sides at 37 1/4″ (longer sides) as well as four pieces at 11″ long (smaller sides) and screwed them to the cleats. This creates the sides of your planter.
You may need to use a hammer to tap the boards into place once you have adhered with your finish nails. We completed the planter by reinforcing with screws.
We created the top by cutting four pieces at a 45 degree angle. If you do not have a miter saw (chop saw) to cut your angles, many home improvement stores will cut all the wood for you. Just be sure to bring your exact measurements with you. Nail and screw the top trim pieces to your planter. We left a 1″ over hang on the outside.
We also cut 2″ strips to add a trim detail to each side and along the bottom. I filled all the holes with spackling and used paintable exterior caulk to fill in the gaps and seams.
I also decided to add wheels to the base to make the planter movable. I added them to underneath part with 1” galvanized screws.
Thanks for sharing, Jessica! To keep up with her DIY projects, visit Four Generations One Roof.