How to Make My Own PVC Deck Planters


Bringing greenery and flowers onto your deck softens it and helps it blend into your surrounding landscaping. Large-size planters can become expensive, especially if you have a large deck to decorate. PVC pipes, usually used for plumbing, are inexpensive and readily available at hardware stores. These sturdy pipes come in a variety of sizes and make excellent planters with a just a few alterations. You can even paint the PVC to blend in with your outdoor décor.

Step 1

Purchase 12- to 18-inch diameter PVC pipes. Purchase a PVC end cap in the same diameter for each planter you wish to make.

Step 2

Drill four ½-inch holes through the end cap. Space them equally apart about 1 inch in from the edge of the cap.

Step 3

Cut the pipes down to the desired height with a hacksaw. Keep in mind most plants require a 10-inch soil depth to thrive, so cutting the pipes down to 10 inches or higher is desirable.

Step 4

Spread a bead of PVC glue around the rim of the end cap. Slide it onto the bottom of the pipe and set aside to dry overnight.

Step 5

Lightly sand the outside of the planter to roughen the surface slightly if you wish to paint the planter. Paint with a coat of primer and let dry. Paint with your desired paint color on top of the primer, then seal with a spray sealer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Containers dry out more quickly than plants in the garden. Check soil moisture daily and water until it flows from the drainage holes if the soil surface feels dry.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe
  • PVC end caps
  • Drill
  • PVC glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Spray sealer


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Keywords: PVC deck planters, container gardens, homemade pots

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.