How to Build Your Own Front Yard Planters


Planters offer homeowners an option to add greenery either inside or outdoors. Front yard planters are used to enhance the appearance of the exterior of a house and add color to the surrounding landscape. These can be made by a variety of material such as wood, ceramic, fiberglass or heavy plastic, but wood is more commonly used as it is easy to make and takes a few hours before it can be installed. You can line these planters against a wall, or place them strategically so they enhance appeal and add visual interest to the front yard.

How to Build Your Own Front Yard Planters

Step 1

Select the appropriate spot in your front yard so you can determine the length, height and depth, and their shapes. You can make square, rectangular or any angular shaped ones. Depending on the space available and where you want to place them, you can have planters as long as 4 feet or just big enough to hold a decorative container.

Step 2

Purchase good quality, rot-resistant wood from your local hardware store. You will need five lengths for a single planter. Two identical boards for the front and back, two identical boards for the short sides, and a base as long as the front and back boards but as wide as the sides. Cut the boards to size yourself with a saw, or purchase them pre-cut from the store.

Step 3

Drill ½-inch drainage holes in rows over the base piece, spaced 4 to 6 inches apart. Sand the base to remove any sharp edges around the drainage holes.

Step 4

Hold the front board and stand one of the short sides next to it on a flat and even surface, so their tops are at the same level. Make sure the joint is smooth and flush, and join both the pieces together by drilling galvanized woodscrews at the upper and lower edge. Check the stability of the structure, and reinforce the joint by drilling another woodscrew in the middle, if necessary. Repeat the procedure to join the back board to the other short side.

Step 5

Place both the structures together in such a way that the short side of one is flush against the long side of another. Make sure the joint is even and smooth, and connect both structures by drilling wood screws through each short side that will penetrate the front and back piece and join the structure in the form of a box without a base.

Step 6

Turn the planter upside down and lower the base so it rests over the edges. Drill it into place with woodscrews at each edge, so it is secure.

Step 7

Sand the planter to remove any sharp edges, and apply a coat of clear acrylic paint for a natural look, or colored paint so it stands out. Allow it to dry before filling it with potting soil and plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Fixe wooden boards
  • Handsaw
  • Drilling machine
  • Sandpaper
  • Galvanized woodscrews
  • Paint
  • Potting soil
  • Plants


  • Wooden Planters
  • How to Make a Wooden Planter Box

Who Can Help

  • Front Yard Landscaping Ideas
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