How to Build Flower Planters


Flower planters dress up a landscape with natural wood, bright colors or painted designs. They are not that difficult to build, if you know your way around a drill and saw. Flower planters give a continuity to your landscape, but they also bring lovely, bright blooms to porches, decks, patios and apartment landings.

Step 1

Cut boards for a 2-foot long, 8-inch wide and 8-inch tall flower planter. Measure, mark and cut two boards 2 feet long and cut two, 6½ inches long.

Step 2

Stand the boards in a box frame-shape. The two longer boards, front and back, will stand parallel to each other. Place the 6½-inch boards, one at each end, crosswise, between the longer, 2-foot boards.

Step 3

Use rust-resistant (galvanized) screws, the drill and attachment to attach the cut boards together. Use four screws at each end, across the 2-foot long boards. Penetrate through the top board and into the sides of the shorter boards.

Step 4

Measure the diameter of the box frame. Mark a ½- or ¾-inch piece of plywood with these dimensions. Cut the plywood around the marked dimensions.

Step 5

Set the plywood piece on top of the box frame. Both sides of the frame should be the same dimensions. Screw in galvanized screws, approximately every 3 to 4 inches, through the plywood edges and into the ends of the wood frame.

Step 6

Use the drill and a round bit attachment to drill in holes, randomly, across the plywood. This will provide drainage holes for excess water to seep out. Without a place for the water to drain, the flower roots could become overly wet or even rot.

Step 7

Turn the flower planter over. Paint or seal the wood with an exterior product, if you desire.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber, 1-by-8 inches
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • 1½-inch galvanized screws
  • Drill
  • Drill attachments
  • Plywood
  • Paint brush
  • Exterior paint or clear sealer


  • Woodworkers Workshop: Planter Boxes
  • Talewins
  • All About Planters
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About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.