How to Build a Brick Flower Planter

Overview

Enhance the appeal of your front or backyard with a brick flower planter. Bricks are building material that have been used for hundreds for years. Depending on personal taste, build a brick planter around a tree or against your house to increase curb appeal. Fill your planter with vibrant flowers to add color to that particular spot. This inexpensive planter is durable, naturally weather resistant and long lasting, decorating a spot for many years. Cement your structure and paint it, or leave it as it is for a naturally rustic look that blends with the surroundings.

Step 1

Spread powdered chalk over the area where you want to install the brick planter. Depending on personal taste, spread it in a square, rectangle, circle or any angular shape and in the size you desire. Check that the lines are straight with the plumb.

Step 2

Lift a brick and measure its depth. Dig a trench over the lines with a shovel, collecting the dirt in a wheelbarrow. Keep the trench 2/3 as deep as the brick you measured. Also level the base of the trench to provide your bricks with an even foundation.

Step 3

Mix mortar and water in a large bucket according to label directions. Mix well with a stick or hand trowel until you get the required consistency.

Step 4

Add mortar into the trench until it is an inch or two lower that the top. Use your hand trowel to level the mortar at the surface. Allow it to dry thoroughly for three to four days, depending on the size and depth of the trench and the amount of mortar used.

Step 5

Spread a 1-inch layer of mortar over the base of a brick with a hand trowel, smoothing out the edges to prevent any drips. Press the brick mortar-side down into the trench immediately to maintain good contact. Space the next brick ½ inch apart, and fill the gap with mortar. Continue laying the first course of bricks for your flower planter this way. Leave a larger gap between every three bricks in this row to assist drainage, and do not pour mortar into it.

Step 6

Stagger each subsequent row to form an aesthetically pleasing planter. To break a brick and create a staggering effect, position a chisel over its center and hammer it hard under it breaks in two.

Step 7

Lay several courses of bricks and mortar, until you achieve your desired flower planter height.

Step 8

Cap and decorate the top of your brick planter after the mortar has dried. Measure and cut rot-resistant wooden boards to size and glue them to the top of the planter, or lower terracotta tiles directly over the mortar.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered chalk
  • Plumb
  • Identical bricks
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Mortar
  • Bucket
  • Hand trowel
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Decorative wood or tile capping

References

  • BlueCircleSouthernCement: Brick Planter Box
  • Quikrete: Basic Brick Construction

Who Can Help

  • TPub: Cutting Brick
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