Garden planters are limited only by your imagination.
image by Photos by Valerie Everette:Flickr.com, Illustrations by MJ Logan
Garden planters come in all sizes, from small enough for a few pansies to large enough for small trees and shrubs. Whether you have a container garden or just need a planter or two for your deck or patio, making your own is both easy and inexpensive. With a few pieces of cedar or redwood lumber from the home center, some plastic for a liner and a little work, you can make a planter in an hour or so. Add some wood stain and water sealer and your new garden piece will last for years.
Measure and cut four 22-inch-long pieces from the 2 x 4 board. Cut an additional four pieces 19 inches long. Lay two of the 19-inch pieces parallel on a work surface.
Measure and cut four 17-inch pieces from the 2 x 2 board. Lay two pieces on top of and perpendicular to the 2 x 4 boards. See the illustrations.
Drill pilot holes to place two 2-1/2-inch screws through one end of each 2 x 2. Fasten the 2 x 2 boards to just one of the 2 x 4 boards with deck screws. Make a second piece of the remaining 2 x 2 inch boards and the other two 2 x 4 x 19 inch boards. These pieces are the sides.
Stand both sides up and fasten the 22-inch-long 2 x 4 boards between them. Drill two pilot holes through each 2 x 2, into the 2 x 4. Drive two 2-1/2 inch screws through the 2 x 2 into the 2 x 4 boards. The base is now complete.
Cut four 19-inch-long pieces of 1 x 6, and four 20-1/2-inch pieces of 1 x 6. Attach the 19-inch pieces to the same sides as the 19-inch 2 x 4s. The 20-1/2-inch pieces go on the sides with the 22-inch 2 x 4s. Drill pilot holes first, through the 2 x 2s into the 1 x 6, but don't go all the way through. Fasten the 1 x 6s to the 2 x 2s with 2-inch deck screws.
Add the remaining four 2 x 4s to the planter. Drill pilot holes and fasten to the 2 x 2s with 2-1/2 inch desk screws.
Cut four 22-inch-long pieces of 1 x 6. Drill four pilot holes, one at each end, through each 1 x 6 and into the 2 x 4s that make up the base. Fasten these to the bottom with 2-inch deck screws, 2 on each end of the board.
Drill a drain hole in the middle of the bottom about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Line the planter with plastic and pull the plastic through the hole. Snip off the end so the planter drains. A few pieces of broken pottery or a larger stone over the hole will keep it from plugging up with soil.