How to Do a Planter Box

Overview

Building a planter box is a fairly simple project, even for a do-it-yourself novice. Planter boxes may be used in a container garden or as an accent on a porch or deck. Herbs, small shrubs and flowers may be planted in containers. Building a container box yourself allows you customize the size, style and color.

The Process

Step 1

Select 1-inch by 2-inch cedar strips for the frame of the box. Using a saw, cut these strips to the desired length to create your box.

Step 2

Lay the shorter strips on a work table or on the ground and then lay the longer strips outside the shorter strips, so that the end of the shorter strips are butting against the longer strips.

Step 3

Place a dot a wood glue on the end of each short strip and press the long strip against it. Drill a screw through the long strip into the shorter one to secure the frame.

Step 4

Secure the side panels by putting a dot of wood glue on each of the outside corners of the frame. Affix the side panel and then use a drill to secure the panels at each corner.

Step 5

Secure the end panels by putting a dot of wood glue on each of the outside corners of the frame. Affix the end panels and then use a drill to secure the panels at each corner.

Step 6

Predrill several holes for drainage into the bottom panel and then affix the bottom panel to the inside of the frame using wood glue. Reinforce with screws.

Step 7

Finish the box by lightly sanding and staining or sealing.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful to make square cuts, so that the box will fit together properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Cedar strips
  • Pre-cut side, end and bottom panels
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or sealant

References

  • Do It Yourself Planter Box
  • Building a Planter Box

Who Can Help

  • Planter Box Plans
Keywords: DIY planter box, Container gardening, Make garden container

About this Author

J.D.Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the U.S. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as writing about travel, health and other issues. Chi received her bachelor's degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward her master's in journalism.