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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  • Hope Hope on Mar 23, 2021


    I'm wondering how stable the shelf unit is..? Does it feel like it would tip over if it got 'top-heavy' with plants..?

  • Pdmkiss Pdmkiss on Mar 23, 2021

    How about turning the cinder block so the ‘solid’ side is facing out. Then paint & stencil them? Add another dimension to the project?

  • Kathy carr Kathy carr on Oct 25, 2021

    Would this be tall enough for a bench?


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    yes lots left from house

  • Barb Barb on Oct 24, 2021

    Good idea. My only suggestion is to treat/paint the wood. Otherwise the wood will quickly rot from the water draining every time the plants are watered.