How to Build a Box Planter for the Garden


Box planters are not just for brightly colored annuals. You can create a planter for perennial bushes, small trees or flowering bulbs. A nursery potted plant can even be slipped right inside a wood box planter. Place them on your deck, porch, patio or directly in the landscaping among other ground growing plants.

Step 1

Cut two pieces from the cedar board for the front and back of the box planter, one foot wide. Cut two side pieces, 10½ inches wide. This will create a one-foot square box planter, measured around the finished outside.

Step 2

Stand the front and back cut boards on edge, parallel to each other. Place each of the side boards, one at each end, crosswise and inside the two longer pieces. This should look like the shape of a box.

Step 3

Use the drill, screwdriver attachment and screws to connect all the boards together. Do this by screwing in four screws at each end across the longer boards. The screws should enter the outside edge and connect with the ends of the side boards. You have completed the frame of the box planter.

Step 4

Measure around the outside of your box planter frame. It should be one foot square; however, it is best to get an exact measurement of your work.

Step 5

Mark off the measurement of your box planter onto a piece of plywood. Cut along the markings.

Step 6

Put the cut piece of plywood onto the top of your box planter frame. The top and bottom of the frame should be identical in size. Screw the plywood to the frame, around the edges of the plywood and into the ends of the frame. Use a screw every three to four inches.

Step 7

Attach a round drill bit to the drill. Drill several holes through the plywood, at random. This will help the soil's excess water to drain.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cedar board (1-by-8 inches)
  • Measuring device
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • 1½ inch screws
  • Electric drill and attachments
  • ½ inch plywood


  • Woodworkers Workshop: Planter Boxes
  • Build Easy: Making a Simple Planter Box
Keywords: planter box, plant box, wood garden box

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.