DIY Wood Box Planter


This year I am fortunate enough to live in an apartment with an outdoor space. I have been wanting to try my hand at gardening for a while so I bought some small pots and seeds and planted away. While my herbs are thriving, I became aware that I had overcrowded my hot pepper and tomato plants. This project is the solution to my problem. I was able to save money by constructing this planter myself with cheap lumber and “L” brackets purchased from my local hardware store. I even added some extra flair with some left over spray paint I had from another project.









What you will need:

  • 4 pieces of rough pine cut to the size you wish your planter to be (I started with two 4′ boards and two measuring 2′ 4″)
  • 6 pieces of 2″ x 2″ board slightly longer than the width of your planter (Mine were 2″ longer)
  • 8 small “L” brackets
  • 1 Tarp (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • hammer
  • screwdriver
  • screws (or whatever you need to suit your choice of wood/”L” brackets)
  • fencing staples or staple gun
  • box cutter or other knife
  • paints etc. for decorating (optional)
  • potting soil
  • plants/seeds


Step 1 – Arrange your lumber to form a rectangle and using a start screwing on those “L” brackets! Fix one along the top and bottom of each corner of your planter.

Step 2 – Using a hammer and staples attach the tarp to the inside edges of the box. I started by attached staples to one side of the box then stretching across to the opposite side and attaching there to create as flat a surface as possible on the bottom of the tarp. Next I stapled the other two side (use any gift wrapping skills you may have to pull taut and fold neatly. Trim excess tarp if necessary.

Step 3 – Cut slits in tarp to allow for drainage of soil.

Step 4 – Before filling with dirt take your 2″ x 2″ boards and place evenly spaced below your planter. These could be screwed or hammered in but I just left loose. If you leave loose make sure you have your planter where you want it to be when assembling.

* note: this step is important if you are putting your planter on a wood surface or one that could get damaged if damp for prolonged periods. It is not necessary if building on grass, soil etc.

Step 5 – Fill your new planter with soil and plants and/or seed. Enjoy!

Optional – Decorating! You can do this at any point. Depending on what you have in mind it might be easier before you fix everything together but I added my spray paint between stages 1 and 2.


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