How to Build a Planter Container


Build a planter container with minimal woodworking skills and tools. This small wooden project is just the type a beginner should tackle. Make one planter, and use it by the front door, within the landscaping or on a back deck or patio. Make several planters, and use them as a focal point by placing them side by side. Use rot-resistant wood, such as redwood or cedar, if you want to leave them natural. Other types of wood can be painted, stained and sealed with a clear exterior product.

Step 1

Mark two 10-inch lengths on the board. Cut the wood at the markings for the planter front and back.

Step 2

Mark two 8 1/2-inch lengths on the remainder of the board. Cut the wood at the markings for the two sides of the planter container.

Step 3

Set the cut pieces of wood on their edges, placing the front and back parallel to each other. Put a side board piece at each end, on the inside of the front and back. The configuration will look like a 10-inch square frame.

Step 4

Spread wood glue on the two inside edges of each of the side boards. Replace them back in the frame-shape. Press the front and back boards toward the side board edges to adhere the glue. Allow the glue to dry overnight. (This step is not a requirement, but it makes attaching the screws easier for the beginner.)

Step 5

Use four 1 1/2-inch screws, vertically across, at each front and back end of the square frame shape. Attach the screwdriver attachment to your drill to adhere each screw all the way through the board end and into the edges of the side board.

Step 6

Measure the outside dimensions of the planter container. Mark those exact measurements onto a piece of scrap plywood. Cut around the measured marks.

Step 7

Place the cut plywood on top of the planter container frame. Use 1-inch screws to adhere the plywood to the edges of the wooden frame. Place them about every 3 to 4 inches, screwing through the plywood and into the frame edges.

Step 8

Remove the drill screwdriver attachment and put on a 1/2-inch round drill bit attachment. Drill about five holes randomly across the plywood bottom. This is important for proper drainage of excess water.

Step 9

Paint or stain the planter container, and then apply an exterior clear sealer, if you used wood other than a rot-resistant type.

Things You'll Need

  • Board, 3/4 inches thick, 10 inches wide, 6 feet long
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Drill and attachments
  • Screws,1 1/2 inch
  • Screws, 1 inch
  • 1/2 inch plywood
  • Exterior paint, stain, sealer, optional
  • Paint brush, optional


  • Build Easy: How to Make a Simple Planter Box
  • Popular Mechanics: How to Build a Planter
Keywords: wood planter, planter container, build planter

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.