Wood Porch Pot Planter Box

8 Materials
45 Minutes

Get ready for spring and pretty up your porch with this wooden planter box project! This cost me around $12 in lumber and only 45 minutes to put together!

Here's what you'll need for lumber (mine are all non-pressure treated spruce) :

  • 1 2"x2"x8' (shown already cut) (legs)
  • 2 1"x2"x8' (horizontal trim)
  • 2 1"x4"x8' (sides)
  • 1 1"x3"x8' (top trim)

Additional supplies:

  • Miter saw/skill saw
  • Brad nailer (or power drill)
  • Measuring tape
  • Square


  • 1x4's: cut 12 @ 16"
  • 2x2's: cut 4 @ 2'
  • 1x2's: cut 4 @ 15.5" and 4 @ 14"
  • 1x3's: cut 4 @ 13.25"

Assemble the two sides that will include the legs:

Lay down your two 1x2's cut to 15.5". Measure and mark out 2.25" from the ends of each piece. Between those lines is where you can lay three 1x4's. There should be enough room for a bit of a gap on each side. Nail/screw together.

Assemble the other two sides of the box:

Lay down your 1x2's cut to 14". Measure and mark out 1.5" from the ends of each piece. Lay three 1x4's between the marks and space out evenly.

Photo shows all 4 sides done, right side up.

Attach the legs:

Using your two sides made with the 15.5" 1x2's, lay your 2x2's on each side. There should be exactly 0.75" left on each side of the 1x2 and enough room for a small gap between the 2x2 and 1x4.

Make sure the top is flush for attaching the top trim later.

Assemble the sides together:

Nail/screw together the sides by lining up the top and bottom 1x2's.

Attach the trim:

Lay out and nail down the 1x3's .


Attach pieces of the leftover 1x2 and 1x3 to the inside of the box to create a stand/shelf for pots smaller than 12" to sit.

This box will fit a 12" round or square pot to sit on top of the trim or a smaller sized pot, but with the inside shelf assembled.

Done! I like the way this box looks unstained, but I might stain it later to match the furniture on our porch!

For more ideas and ongoing projects, follow along on Instagram and Facebook!

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Facebook: Lauren Ann Design


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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Seedpath
    on Mar 25, 2020

    So to be clear, this is bottomless because it is for supporting and elevating a pot inside of it? So the dimensions depend on the pot you're going to set inside of it? It looks very sturdy so it should support a fair amount of weight including the pot, plant and wet soil. Does that sound right?

    • Seedpath
      on Mar 27, 2020

      What I really like about this, Lauren, is that it elevates a plant above the level of a deck railing, for example, while still providing the flexibility of temporarily removing the plant from the box for maintenance, pruning, repotting, even watering. Put some caster wheels on the bottoms of the legs and you've got the perfect deck plant display feature.


  • Barbara
    on Apr 8, 2020

    Does this make only one planter box?

    Will there be much wood left over?

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