It’s time to get some flowers planted and the porch spruced up for a new season. The problem is that all that sprucing gets expensive. Buying giant planters to flank the front is not a place I want to sink my money. Thank goodness I have a ton of scrap wood laying around. This easy DIY planter box was the perfect addition to my front porch.
This planter can be made any size. It all depends on the space you are trying to fill and the wood you have available.
- Scrap/Pallet Wood
- Wood Glue
- Pneumatic Staple Gun
- Plastic Drop Cloth
- Carpet Tacks or Small Nails
I started with a pallet I had laying around. I removed the face boards and nails to leave me with some rustic, slightly beat up boards.
I cut them all to my desired length for all sides and supplemented with some scraps from my shop.
Luckily, pallet wood tends to be standard 1×4 or 1×6 boards so plenty of my scraps matched the pallet wood sizes.
1×2 boards work great for the legs. I cut 8 of them and left them long enough to have a couple of inches between the bottom of the planter sides and the ground.
I glued the legs together in an L shape and secured them with my stapler.
Adding the side boards is just as simple. Glue and staple them in place. You could staple them from the inside or from the outside. I chose the outside because I was keeping this very rustic. The staple holes made it even better.
This is how the sides line up with the legs.
And another view.
Once all the sides are attached, add some wood to the bottom, leaving space for drainage.
I used a plastic drop cloth to line the planter and poked a few holes so water can escape. It can easily be tacked on the inside with small nails.
I chose dark walnut by Minwax for my planter and did not bother to seal it since the pallets had already been outside for so long. If you do choose to seal it, a spray sealer would be best due to the imperfections typical with pallet wood.
Add some large rocks to the bottom to help with drainage. Fill the box with dirt and you have yourself a beautiful, and nearly free, planter.