This spring and summer I really want to focus on the outside of our home and add some curb appeal. Outdoor work seems like it is an ongoing, really slow project that needs worked on every spring and summer. This spring we have already been working hard at it and have accomplished so much. To add some more charm to our porch I decided to build a planter box to sit by the front door that I could use all year long and add charm to our home.
You can build this planter box in one afternoon with simple tools and materials! I love the rustic character that this planter box added to our porch. And it was so easy and inexpensive to make. The only thing I needed to buy was a plant to go inside!
I used old 2×4’s that were laying under our shed. And the screws and paint we also already had.
how to build a planter box
materials that you will need:
- 12 2×4’s cut to 16 inches a piece. (3 boards per side of box)
- 2 more 2×4’s cut to 16 inches for the bottom of the box to hold a plant. (this isn’t necessary if you don’t want to put legs on your box.)
- 4 2×2’s (2×4’s cut half) For the inside supports.
- 4 2×4’s cut to 3 inches a piece for the legs. (this is optional if you want legs or not.)
- House numbers (optional)
- Miter saw
- Drill and screws
- A level
- Stain or paint
- And a plant
directions on how to build a planter box
I started with cutting all of my 12 2×4’s for all four sides of the box. Then I screwed the four bottom boards to each other to create a square. I did this exact thing two more times to create all three squares.
Take your second square and lay it on top of the first square. I used little lids to space out the boards but this step is optional depending on the look that you want. If you want a tight fit or a gap. Attach the 2×2 inside support board to the inside, screwing the first layer to it and then the second and third layer. Make sure the gap is the same all the way around if you choose to put a gap in your planter box.
I wanted to give my planter box a little more height so I added 3 inch legs to the planter. This step is totally optional. You can just use it as a sleeve to go over a pot. Since I was adding legs to my planter I had to add two boards to the bottom to be able to support a plant.
Once your box is finished you can now apply paint or stain (or keep it natural). Then apply a varnish to help provide weather resistance. Definitely if it will be out in the weather.
We finally changed out the door trim and fixed it all from where our dog tore into it a couple years back. I painted the door trim Black Fox by BEHR and love the way it turned out. I love this color so much that I decided to paint the planter box the same color. After painting the box I added our house number to the front of it.
add your favorite plant
This is the fun part! I added a beautiful fern that I picked up from Walmart. You can add any kind of flowers to your new pot. I am already imagining a mum being in there this fall and a Christmas tree in there for Christmas. This planter box will be perfect to use all year.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how to build a planter box! Even if you have never built anything, this project is easy enough for anyone to try and it adds perfect rustic charm to our front porch.
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