Stair Riser Planter Garden

9 Materials
20 Minutes

I've always dreamed of a super simple, easily accessible and manageable herb garden. I've tried different methods of keeping them in the past, but they always end up growing into one another, being displayed poorly, or being infested with bugs. This option is appealing, eye-catching, and extremely functional. Now, I can quickly snip, pull or pick the herb I need for my next meal, right outside my back door!


- Stair Risers (x2)

- 24" Plastic Planter Boxes (x3)

- 2x2 Piece of Wood

- 2 Nails

- Hammer

- Potting Soil

- Herb Garden Seeds

- Gloves (Optional, but recommended as the wood is sharp)

Step 1) Lean your stair risers against the wall or surface they'll be used on.

Step 2) Cut a thin piece of wood approximately 2" shorter than the length of the planter box. Place it between the two stair risers at the bottom front. No need to place one at the top of the stair risers, as the surface it is leaning on will secure it, if it's flush against the wall.

Step 3) Hammer a nail through each stair riser into the piece of wood to attach them together.

Step 4) Place one planter box on each step of the stair riser.

Step 5

Step 5) Fill each planter box with potting soil.

Step 6) If you're creating a vegetable or herb garden like I did, plant your seeds. I did three different herb options across in each planter box to allow for growth.

Step 7) Add popsicle stick labels, so you can remember what you planted before each herb begins to grow.

Be sure to water and ensure they receive some sunlight. Then be patient, and wait for your garden to grow!

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Suggested materials:

  • 24" Plastic Planter Boxes (x3)  (Home Depot)
  • 3 - Step Stair Riser (x2)  (Home Depot)
  • Gorilla Gloves  (Home Depot)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Joanne Hoffman Keltz Simon
    on Apr 17, 2017

    Are there drainage holes in the planter boxes?
    • Danielle Odin
      on Apr 24, 2017

      You can use the used coffee filters and include the coffee as plants love that stuff.
  • Gina Pace
    on Apr 17, 2017

    I love the look of this! But I'd want to attach the tops of the risers to the wall they are up against, or a strong wind storm could blow the whole thing over? Also, putting a couple of short pallet boards across each "step" under the planter boxes and mailing them to the risers would increase the strength of it too... But it's awesome!
    • KP Callahan
      on Aug 19, 2017

      Betty, just a thought... Find old belts at a thrift store or GoodWill and belt the planters to the risers! The buckle would add a little zip to the front of the planters, and you can easily undo them if you need to clean out a box or two.

  • Gladys partain
    on Jun 26, 2017

    I do not know much about planting herbs. When should they be planted?
    • W C
      on Jul 1, 2017

      > As a general rule, you plant herbs after you are sure no more frost. Night temps of upper 40s a good start.
      > Planter boxes should have holes for drainage. If not, drill some about 5 1/4" holes for boxes shown. > Do keep them in area that's morning sun or not too much heat, especially at the start--seeds might cook in the heat. When they sprout,let them get used to the heat before putting in permanently in risers. A removable attachment to the riser may be advisable. This will.allow you to bring them in the fall if you can get them to winter over (herbs can be hard to keep alive through the winter if they are annuals). If you've tried and no success from seed, wait for hardware store sales. Get them then, then plant in your riser garden!!

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