DIY Porch Planters Under $25

by Andrea
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Hey guys! Today I'm going to share a super basic DIY project that I completed this week. This is a VERY easy build and it cost under $25 for each planter!

Lets start with the before. I hate gardening and yard work. Well, practically anything that has to do with home maintenance outside. That includes porch decor. It's just not my thing. Sorry neighbors, I keep trying to get better!

The thing is, you can see right into my living room from the front door. And at night, anyone in the street or on the sidewalk has a clear view of what is happening. Blinds for those small windows were a fortune, and curtains there aren't really my thing. Then I realized that a tall planter would block everyone's view from the sidewalk, but I could still let natural light it and see out if needed. NOTE: I DO NOT want full privacy. I want to see out, and seeing in from the porch is fine. I just don't want people looking in from 40 feet away. Since the porch is elevated, I only needed to block the bottom few feet to accomplish this. I found this planter on Pinterest and decided it was perfect for my space.

I went to Lowe's with a basic plan. I knew I wanted 1x2 furring strips for the inside posts. At only $1 for 8 feet, how could I not? Then I remembered the rolling shoe storage I made for my mudroom ( I used tongue and groove planks there, and decided this is practically the same and bought some more.

I purchased a planter from Lowe's and then started winging it. I cut the furring strips to 35" with my miter saw. I then placed them on the sides of the planter to get an idea at how long I needed to cut my planks. I ended up needing 12.5" on 2 sides (I made sure there was enough overhang so the side pieces would fit up against it) and 10.25" on the other 2. I attached all of the planks with my Ryobi Nail Gun.

Once it was built, I stained it with my current favorite color. Minwax Dark Walnut. I always use a sock when staining. I finished it off with a top coat of spray poly in satin.

I needed a place for the planter to sit on, so I added a few furring strips 9.5" down and nailed them in as well. The original post that I was following on Pinterest added a lot more work (pocket holes, etc). I could (should?) have done that, however I didn't feel it was necessary for my purpose.

I went to JoAnn's and bought items to fill the planters at 50% off, which I swear is still so expensive! Each planter cost $20 each to fill.

Once I had them up I thought they looked a touch boring, but I liked it, but I was torn. I decided to make a template out of cardboard and add gold screws.

I then decided to see what it would look like for the holidays if I added some red to the decor. I love it! (Pic was taken before the gold screws were added)

There's a few more DIY projects over at the blog if you want to check them out!

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  • Dale Shaw Dale Shaw on Nov 23, 2023

    I agree. How does this offer privacy?. How do you line the planter? Its nice but too much cutting a screwing for an ordinary look. Topiary plants artificial or real this size would be pretty pricy.

  • Patty Patty on Nov 23, 2023

    Those look very pretty, and you did a great job. But exactly HOW do they provide privacy?

  • Fiona peacock Fiona peacock on Mar 10, 2024

    Love the planters. How did you fill the planters - it must pf cost you a fortune to fill them with compost or soil, many thanks Fiona

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  • Khawkey Khawkey on Nov 22, 2023

    Good use for free wood from pallets too.

  • Dallport Dallport on Nov 23, 2023

    For all the people that are mentioning privacy. I think she stated it pretty plainly when she wrote……NOTE: I DO NOT want full privacy. I want to see out, and seeing in from the porch is fine. I just don't want people looking in from 40 feet away. Since the porch is elevated, I only needed to block the bottom few feet to accomplish this.

    • I have exactly the same door and yes I can see how it would give you some privacy. It would someone from peering in the windows while they're waiting for you to come to the door but also let you look out as well as not being able to see in from the street.

      I also put some film on my windows which blocks the heat of the sun and makes them a little harder to see in.