How to Build a Large Wooden Planter


Spruce your outdoor space with strategically placed large wooden planter boxes. Depending on personal taste, line them together against your house to enhance curb appeal or decorate them on your deck, patio, balcony, garden or driveway. Plant a blend of tall and trailing annuals, biennials and perennials and enjoy different birds and butterflies they attract. A large wooden planter is simple to assemble at home and does not require prior woodworking experience. Build a wooden planter that measures 3 feet long, a foot high and 2 feet deep or alter the measurements to fit your requirements.

Step 1

Measure the dimensions for your planter on the wooden boards and cut to size with a handsaw. Cut two 1 by 3-foot lengths for the front and back, two 1 by 2-foot lengths for the sides and a base piece that measures 3 feet long and 2 feet wide. Sand the edges of all five boards and place them aside.

Step 2

Hold one of the 1 by 3-foot boards (for the front of the planter) on an even surface, resting it on its long edge. Hold one of the 1 by 2-foot lengths (for the side of the planter) next to its short edge. Butt the corner to ensure a flush joint and drill three to four wood screws to join both pieces together. Place this structure aside.

Step 3

Repeat the procedure to join the second 1 by 3-foot board (for the back of the planter) to the other 1 by 2-foot board (side board). Check to ensure the joint is flush.

Step 4

Arrange both structures on the ground so they form a rectangle, where the short side of one lies flush against the long side of the other. Butt both joints before securing them in turn with wood screws. Check all joints in your rectangular base-less planter to ensure they are secure, and drill wood screws into any joint for added stability.

Step 5

Drill 1-inch wide drainage holes into the base board. Space these 6 to 8 inches apart.

Step 6

Lower the base board over the base of the planter. Align it so it lies on all four sides evenly. Secure it to the four sides with wood screws, using four or five per long side and three per short side. Lower your planter over the ground so it rests on its base.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1 by 3-foot wooden boards
  • 2 1 by 2-foot wooden boards
  • 2 by 3-foot wooden board
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Drilling machine
  • Wood screws


  • All About Planters: Wooden Planters
  • Bella Online: How to Make a Wooden Planter Box
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