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I made a planter box from tiles. The tiles are actually meant for outdoor paving (Mediterranean style) but as I rent, I couldn’t see the point of doing something like that for a garden that I didn’t own. Instead I thought, why not use the tiles to make a stylish planter…. on wheels?

That way, if I did ever move homes, I could roll it along with me!

Its not the first time ive made a planter - check out my baking tin herb planter i made last year

diy tile planter

  • 6 x tiles – 
  • 2 x Flexible grey Grout
  • Grout paddle
  • Grout mixing paddle
  • 4 x heavy duty castor wheels 
  • Treated outdoor wood
  • Strip wood
  • 1 x roll of greenhouse plastic 
  • Stone/tile Glue
  • Wood glue
  • 7 cm Screws
  • Exterior Varnish
  • L shaped Metal brackets (optional)
  • Mitre saw (or Manual saw – but this may take longer)
  • Staple gun
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • right angle clamp



1. cut wood to desired lengths with saw

diy tile planter
2. Connect wood to make a rectangular base. This will form the bottom of the planter
diy tile planter
3. Add in planks to the top of it
diy tile planter
7. Next add on pillars to all four corners
diy tile planter
5. Add wood to outer surface to make a box.
diy tile planter
6. Start tiling - add on grout with float and apply tiles - doing one side at a time. use clamps to help tiles stick to grout
diy tile planter
7. Once dried, add the caster wheels and flip the container over.

8. Staple in greenhouse plastic
diy tile planter
9. Tidy up the edges and coat wood with exterior varnish.

10. Fill with soil - and voila
diy tile planter
To see more pictures and to get sources for these gorgeous tiles, head to my blog at the link below.

And if you're looking for a faux tile project - see how I wallpapered my floor to look like tile!

Suggested materials:

  • Mitre saw  (ryobi)
  • Wood glue  (amazon)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Cdemby Tony
    on May 29, 2018

    When you water the plant, doesn't all that water rot the wood on the inside? It is a beautiful container, though.

    • Nancy Sim
      on Jul 12, 2019

      I have a similar planter and had to poke some holes in the bottom of the plastic so that it didn't collect water and rot the plant roots.

  • Crystal Pitts
    on Apr 24, 2019

    Wow... sorry cldnt comment on other site but the wallpapered floor in your entry way... is genius and gorgeous! The idea in general combined with your style... it turned out amazing! This planter box is cute too btw! I wish I had just a little imagination and creativity, I wld love to diy around my home. Keep creating, it’s lovely!

  • Jeanne Simpson
    on Jul 12, 2019

    You said you applied grout to hold the tiles on, that actually works? I thought mastic or some kind of glue had to be used, that grout was for between the tiles?

    • Carey
      on Jul 20, 2019

      You are right, grout is for between the tiles. I think that she just used the wrong term, it should have been tile adhesive. it looks great!

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