How to Make Decorative Planter Boxes


Planters are an ideal addition to any garden or household. The best places for them are underneath a window or on a patio, and can be a wide variety of sizes whether you're growing a tomato plant or an small herb garden. Building a planter box requires a good amount of materials, some time and patience. Or, purchase planter boxes from your local gardening store and then decorate and personalize them.

Step 1

Put on the protective eyewear, heavy-duty work gloves and dust mask before you begin working to protect yourself. You can find unfinished planter boxes at your local gardening store in a range of materials, or build one yourself.

Step 2

Decide how you want to decorate the box. Are you trying to match your garden flowers? Make it blend into the side of your house? Pick on an overall color scheme and design. At craft stores, you can buy such things as flower and foliage stencils to make good-quality and professional designs. You want the planter box to reflect your personality and taste, so use your imagination.

Step 3

Use a drill to place drainage holes in the bottom of the planter box (if they aren't already there). Provide one to two 1/8-inch holes for every 6 inches on the bottom of the box.

Step 4

Sand the planter box before adding anything else on, smoothing out any rough areas or edges. Paint a coat of primer and let dry. Add another coat of paint if desired, or stain and let dry. You can use anything from spray paint cans to waterproof acrylics and a paintbrush.

Step 5

Apply designs with stencils or by freehand if desired. Follow all directions so they come out correctly. Spray with a coat of waterproof sealer to protect the design.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Dust mask, if desired
  • Planter boxes (or materials to make the boxes)
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • Embellishments, stencils, decorations, etc.


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