DIY Cinderblock Plant Shelves

3 Materials
1 Hour

This is such a simple project, and it's actually kind of a classic from 80's college dorms, but if you plop some plants on it, suddenly it looks a lot more chic and fits right into your backyard! I love these shelves to hold flowers, herbs, and gardening tools! You can see this project and more easy and affordable DIY ideas on my blog, Love & Renovations
Start by grabbing two of your cinder blocks and laying them out where you're working about 3 feet apart from one another. I highly recommend working wherever you want the shelves to be, because these babies are HEAVY! Add construction adhesive to the top of each block.
Take an 8-foot 1X12 cedar board and cut it down to two 4-foot lengths. Take one shelf and put it on top of the cinder blocks. Give it a bit to dry - you can use the extra cinderblocks as a weight if you want.
Next, take your other two cinderblocks, put some construction adhesive on the top of the shelf, and plop them into place directly above the other ones.
You know the drill - use your construction adhesive to apply the second shelf.
Let it dry, add plants, and enjoy! You can really get creative with the finish on this - you can paint the cinder blocks, paint or stain the shelves - go crazy! I left mine plain because I really like the look, but the possibilities are endless.

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8-foot 1X12 cedar board
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  • Carol Johnston
    Carol Johnston
    on Apr 26, 2019

    With all that weight of the plants why glue the boards? Then you can take it apart for any reason.

    • Cynthia Whitney
      Cynthia Whitney
      on Mar 23, 2020

      I probably wouldn't use glue as I move stuff around about every year. Make sure it's level and maybe put down a gravel base under the blocks so it doesn't sink into the dirt.

  • KO
    on Apr 26, 2019

    I have been looking for cinder blocks for years. Where do you get them?? They are not sold at Lowes or Home Depot.

    • Donna
      on Mar 27, 2020

      Not with other landscape like blocks, look where they sell bags of concrete! You will find them there at Home Depot.

  • Kathy
    on Mar 24, 2020

    why didn't you put smaller plant pots within the block squares?

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  • Alecia
    on Mar 29, 2020

    I really like this idea! It also reminds me you can use this technique to make solid shelving in your basement. I used cylinder blocks and old doors to make them and this is much easier than fooling with tapcon screws in an unfinished basement. Just remember if this is around children to use safety precautions. Love this!

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