How to Build Wooden Flower Pots


Use wooden flower pots to give a garden or landscaping a cohesive appearance. Place them throughout your outdoor area, all painted or stained the same color to achieve this. Alternatively, place just one wooden flower pot to create a focal point, such as on a deck or patio or near the front door of your home. Wooden flower pots are used outdoors most of the time. Annual flowers grow in smaller pots, but you can create a wooden box any size you desire--even large enough for a shrub or small tree.

Step 1

Mark and saw two equal pieces of wood 7 inches long. These will make up the sides of a wooden flower pot. Mark and saw two equal pieces of wood 8-1/2 inches long for the front and back.

Step 2

Arrange the cut lumber into the shape of a frame, with the two shorter side boards inside each end of the front and back pieces.

Step 3

Use the screwdriver attachment and the drill to screw the frame together. Use four screws, evenly spaced, across each outside end of the longer boards. The screw will go through the outside board and into the edge of the side boards.

Step 4

Measure the sides, front and back to get an exact measurement of the outside of the frame.

Step 5

Mark this measurement onto a piece of plywood 1/2 or 3/4 inch inch thick. Saw around the markings.

Step 6

Place the plywood piece over the top of the wood frame. Attach it to the edges of the frame boards. Drill in a screw about every three or four inches, through the plywood and into the board edges, all the way around.

Step 7

Remove the drill attachment from the drill and put on a 1/4-inch round bit. Drill six or seven holes randomly through the plywood to create drainage holes.

Step 8

Seal the wooden flower pot by applying an exterior product such as stain, paint or a clear sealer, if you wish.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber 3/4 inches thick, 8 inches wide, 6 feet long
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Drill screwdriver attachment
  • Screws, 3/4 inch
  • Plywood
  • Drill bit attachment
  • Sealer or paint (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)


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Who Can Help

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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.