Whether you’ve got a lot of land or a small patio for a backyard, gardening doesn’t require a lot of space. This DIY planter box is a fun project and can be moved anywhere – making it a great garden, no matter what your yard looks like!
For the FRAME
- Wood Pieces (we used reclaimed wood, but all of these materials can be purchased at home improvement stores)
- 2”x 2” wood pieces, you will need the following lengths:
- 33” – quantity 4
- 16.5” – quanity 4
- 11” – quantity 4
For the FRONT & SIDES
- 37”x 4.5” wooden slats – quanity 6 (this makes the front and back of the planter box)
- 13.75” x 4.5” wooden slats – quantity 6 (this makes the sides of the planter box)
For the interior BOTTOM
- 13.75 x 4.5” wooden slats – quantity 9 (this makes the bottom of the planter box)
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- 1 small box 3” exterior screws
- 1 small box 1 ¾” exterior galvanized nails
- Cordless Drill
- Gather materials.
- Assemble frame using exterior screws. Building tip: pre-drill the holes before screwing pieces together to avoid wood splitting.
- Assemble both sides of frame, finished frame measurements are as follows: side pieces – 16.5” high including 3” for feet. The total width after assembly is 14” wide.
- Once side frames are complete attached 4 – 36” 2×2 to complete frame assembly. Make sure that when predrilling holes to not hit existing screws.
- Build the front of planter box by attaching 37”x 4.5” wooden slats to the front of the planter frame using exterior galvanized nails.
- Build the sides of the planter by attaching 13.75” x 4.5” wooden slats to the sides of planter box using exterior galvanized nails.
- Place wooden bottom slats inside planter box to form the bottom of the box. Leave ¼” inch between slats to allow for drainage. Secure each wood piece with one small nail per board.
- Fill with potting soil!
Tutorial and Photography by Heather Kinkel