How To Make a Wooden Planter Box


Have you ever thought about building a wooden planter box? Well I have! They’re so great for any type of gardening and they look beautiful in any space. In this post, I’ll show you how to make one and explain why they are so great.

Planter boxes are a wonderful addition to any garden, porch or deck. They give flowers, veggies and herbs an elegant home and make them much more accessible than if they were just planted in the ground. And very few planters are as full of character as wooden ones.

Making a wooden planter box is an easy project, but it does take some time. If you want to use a pre-made wooden container, you can skip to step 2.

  • First, gather your materials: wood glue, nails or screws and wood stain or paint (if desired).
  • Next, determine the size of the planter you want to make by measuring the inside dimensions of what will be its final resting place—either in your garden or on your deck or porch—and adding 1 inch on each side for trimming later on. If you’re making this box as part of a larger garden project and are not sure how much space it will take up yet, measure around all sides of where it would go before cutting anything out and then subtracting 1 inch from each measurement so that everything fits nicely together when finished. Or if using pre-cut boards at home improvement stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot (where I got my cedar), simply buy two pieces for each side with those exact dimensions so there won’t be any waste leftover after assembly!
  • Once the measurements are decided upon and materials purchased/cut into shape according to those specifications above accordingly without altering them one bit more than necessary due “because why fix something that isn’t broken?” 😉 You’ll need four sides total including top/bottom plus walls between them all

A wooden planter is an easy DIY project to complete over a weekend!

  • Planters are an easy DIY project to complete over a weekend!
  • You can build planters in any size or shape.
  • Wooden planters can be made out of any type of wood, which is great for customizing your space.

You can make a box to fit any area for any type of garden. Let’s go over the basics with some easy instructions, step-by-step photos and what you’ll need to build one of your own.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to build a wooden planter box, there are a few things you need to consider first.

What type of wood should you use? This is important because different types of wood will have different water absorption rates, which means that they’ll hold moisture differently as well. For example, cedar and redwood are known for their resistance to decay and insects, but they also tend to be more porous than other woods like pine or maple. These kinds of factors can affect how long your finished product lasts in addition to the structural integrity and appearance.


Building a wooden planter box is a great project for beginners. It only requires basic carpentry skills, some tools, and a little time. You can make one to fit any area for any type of garden: large or small, raised or sunken into the ground. The possibilities are endless! So get creative with these instructions, use them as inspiration but don’t hesitate to tweak them as needed based on what materials you have at hand or what kind of look you’re going for with your new garden container.

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