Recycled Wood Planter Boxes

5 Materials
6 Hours

I took old wood and made it new by building planter boxes to line our walk path.

This project included an easy build using recycled wood. The following details for construction can also be used with new wood.

This tutorial includes DIY instruction for the planter boxes. For finishing details please visit my blog with the link at the end of this project.

Here we go, we were gifted this awesome pile of wood that inspired this project.

Scrap lumber is everywhere and if you can reuse it, that's even better.

For this project the walls of the planter can be any size and I left the box bottom open allowing soil interaction with the ground.

Begin with the Frame Walls

  1. Cut 6 boards the same width for the walls.
  2. Cut 2 boards in half or use four 2 x 4 pieces of wood to attach the walls.
  3. Cut 6 boards the same width for the ends.
  4. Gather a drill, screws and assemble the walls using 2 screws per board.
  5. Repeat to the second wall.

Connecting the Planter Box

Connect by attaching the walls with the end pieces. Screw together from the bottom up and alternate sides with each addition. This will help get the box lined up correctly.

Since this was recycled wood, it isn’t going to be perfect so don’t be alarmed if the corners don’t align perfectly. 

Once the boxes are assembled you can finish with stain or paint. I used Dixie Belle "Coffee Bean" and then finished with their clear coat. This paint is amazing for outdoor projects.

I made four of these boxes to transplant coral drift roses that align our new walk path.

Visit my blog to uncover everything else we've accomplished to create this space using elements from nature.

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  • Val
    on Aug 30, 2019

    Fantastic job!

  • Susan
    on Sep 5, 2019

    I've been looking for a specific size of planter box. DIY! Perfect.

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