DIY Porch Planters Under $25

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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)

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  • Jan Baldwin Jan Baldwin on Nov 13, 2016
    Which Lowe did you get your Ryobi airstrike from? I was led to believe that Ryobi was the exclusive brand to Home Depot
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 13, 2016
      Jan, thank you for the question! I bought that Ryobi so long ago I just assumed I got it from Lowe's, because Lowe's is my go-to store. I do have a Home Depot close too, so I must've gotten it there instead. I changed it in my post. Thanks for asking the question!
    • New4976094 New4976094 on Nov 13, 2016
      Ryobi products are exclusively sold at The Home Depot. Lowe's exclusive brand of tools is Kobalt.
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 13, 2016
      Great to know!! I love my Ryobi! It's a must have.
  • Lee George Lee George on Nov 13, 2016
    What is the black piece on the very top that acts like a cover?
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 13, 2016
      That was on the planter that I used for inspiration (it's wood, painted black). I did not use that on my planter.
  • Deb Deb on Nov 13, 2016
    What wreath do you have on the front door? I think I love it!
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 13, 2016
      Thanks Deb! But I have NO IDEA! Pretty sure this is the first year I've put it up, so I probably got it after Xmas last year. I will look to see if there's any markings. My guess would be Target, Home Goods, Or JoAnns ;) I know that doesn't help.
  • Deb Deb on Nov 13, 2016
    About that wreath - could you take a close-up pic and post it?
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Nov 14, 2016
    Explain further the planter you used inside?
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 14, 2016
      Hi! The blog post has more details. But I purchased a 10" (not sure exact size) pot that I built the planter around. The pot is resting on a shelf inside. So right now the only thing in the pot is a one of those floral Styrofoam pieces holdind the sticks upright. When it warm and I use real plants, I will either put a pot inside a pot, or fill it with dirt and plant directly in it.
    • Carolyn Carolyn on Nov 14, 2016
      Did you use plastic for weight purposes on the planter? Thanks for your help I'm stuck at home after surgery planning my projects for the spring & summer!!
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 14, 2016
      Not at all, it is a light pot. The planter itself is 3 feet tall so I knew if I wanted a plant to be seen, it needed to be close to the top! The planter itself is very sturdy. Oh geez, surgery is never any fun. Good luck!
  • Doreen Heeter Doreen Heeter on Nov 14, 2016
    what color is that door? Please
  • Andrea Andrea on Nov 14, 2016
    What is the black trim around the top of the planter? It looks like black metal.
    • Andrea Andrea on Nov 14, 2016
      Hi. That was on the inspiration picture. It was actually wood painted black. There's a link to that post on my blog to get exact details.
  • Dianna Dianna on Nov 28, 2016
    Those are beautiful! As is the colour of your door, just wondering what paint & colour you used?
  • Sammi Brown Sammi Brown on Nov 30, 2016
    I had windows like those. I used a frosted film so no one could see in. Easey peasy.
  • Debbie Moore Debbie Moore on Nov 30, 2016
    May I ask the brand and color of paint on your front door.where you have the planters coveting the windows thsnk
    • Andrea Andrea on Dec 01, 2016
      Oh Debbie, I wish I could find the swatch! I know I was eyeing Benjamin Moore Evening Sky and Mysterious. May be one of those.
  • Kaye Mezynski Betz Kaye Mezynski Betz on Dec 08, 2016
    Where did you purchase the frosted film ? Having trouble finding it.
  • DM DM on Dec 20, 2016
    The gold screws are interesting, where did you find them?
  • Jerrie Coler Jerrie Coler on Dec 30, 2016
    What color did you use to paint your door? Nice color.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Aug 18, 2017
    What type of planter did you use to start this project? If it was plastic, did you have any problem attaching the boards? Thanks. They look amazing!
    • Andrea Andrea on Aug 20, 2017
      It's all wood and built from "scratch". I made a wood shelf a foot down do rest a plastic pot in.
  • Pat Pat on Oct 21, 2017
    I dont care for "Pin It" on this sight. The pix dont show up. I dont have time to manuever a bunch sites. Any suggestions?
    • Karen J Karen J on Oct 22, 2017
      Place your curser in the upper left hand corner of the pic you want as your "pin" and the P will appear. Click and it takes you to the pinterest save box.
  • Mco28914292 Mco28914292 on Oct 21, 2017
    I’m having a problem accessing the detailed instructions through you link. It takes me to a page with a Spanish menu and when I click on some of the things, I don’t think it’s your stuff. help? This is the perfect solution to my same problem and I’m excited to make these!
    • Dorothy Thibodeau Dorothy Thibodeau on Oct 21, 2017
      just need to scroll down
    • Linda Linda on Oct 21, 2017
      It's an old link, web site no longer maintained.
    • Mco28914292 Mco28914292 on Oct 21, 2017
      Well shoot. Guess I’ll just have to improvise putting those little cross members in at the bottom on the inside....
    • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Oct 26, 2017
      Mcoon, i have had the same problem !! Too bad, this is a great project and she makes it look so easy. I don't need them for privacy but love the looks and the ease to make. Maybe if i try to access her website by itself, i will have an easier time trying to get to her website. I will post if successful, good luck in the mean time 😉
  • Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie on Oct 22, 2017
    Like what you did. I have the same side windows. My question is what color is the door painted and what kind of paint did you use? I really like it

    • Barbara Bogenreuther Barbara Bogenreuther on Oct 27, 2018

      I was a bit curious, myself, about the color name and brand of paint on the door. So I used my Sherwin Williams fan deck and found there are only two colors that closely match the door. Using a small LED flashlight, I aimed the light on both swatches as I had them leaned against my screen and next to the door. My monitor may show an entirely different shade, but you can go to Sherwin Williams' website and enter the following numbers to have a good look at the swatches, or you can also try googling it by simply entering the color numbers after the name, Sherwin Williams to see what comes up. It works for me most of the time. The numbers are: SW 6966 (the color name is Blueblood), and SW 6967 (color name is Frank Blue). They are the only two in the entire fan that could possibly be a match. It took some doing to narrow it down, but that's as close as I could come. Good luck!

  • Guerrina Guerrina on Oct 31, 2017
    The planters are beautiful! I don't yet have space for them, but keeping this on file! What is the name of and brand of your front door color? It is stunning!
  • Jamie Hardin Jamie Hardin on Nov 02, 2017 on the first picture, I noticed a black "topper" over the wood...what /how was this made???
  • Pip Pip on Oct 15, 2019

    What colour is the front door ?

    • Maureen Toms Maureen Toms on Oct 15, 2019

      It appears to be blue.

    • Kath P. Kath P. on Oct 15, 2019

      I believe they wish to know the exact color so they can go out and buy the paint to do their own door, which is exactly what I want to do too!

      Paint color of door please!

  • Nan Gaenssley Nan Gaenssley on Oct 15, 2019

    Could you use pallet boards if you have a source?

  • Jacx Jacx on Oct 15, 2019

    I would also put film on those windows, you sure didn't cover much doing this. How about some trellis inside the pots and a nice thick climber on it? It's very nice, you just didn't accomplish much, in my view.

    You can buy, at Walmart, curtain panels that will sheer onto cafe rods for that area. I did that for my side light. You buy tension rods, 4, for there. You can even make panels, no sewing, iron on tape!

    You can even use a sea sponge to dab paint onto the panes! I personally hate the idea of peeping toms watching me and my family!

    • Dianne Nelson Dianne Nelson on Oct 15, 2019

      Don’t like curtains there, this is so much better!

    • Zeus Girl Zeus Girl on Oct 15, 2019

      Looks great!

    • Tina Tina on Oct 15, 2019

      I believe she said her porch was high and she did not like curtains, and she still wanted to look out.

    • Robin Robin on Oct 22, 2019

      I agree with you. They really did not provide any additional privacy, instead took it away. I like your suggestions a lot better. Thank you for sharing.😊

  • Nancie Nancie on Oct 15, 2019

    what did you fill planter with that was so expensive ?

  • Jamie Davis Jamie Davis on Oct 15, 2019

    Does the top coat protect it from the weather? Nice job.

  • Sandy Sandy on Oct 15, 2019

    What is to keep the intruder to move the planter to look inside

    • Deborah Deborah on Oct 15, 2019

      She’s not doing this to protect from intruders. She’s doing for some privacy from the street. Read her text.

    • LuAnn LuAnn on Oct 22, 2019

      Its not about an intruder. Its about people not catching a glimpse as they walk by or not feeling like someone is watching

  • Sandy Sandy on Oct 15, 2019

    What will keep the intruder from moving the planter to look inside.

  • Jepetto Jepetto on Oct 17, 2019

    Why not put a stencil on inside of window?

  • Arlene Arlene on Oct 18, 2019

    Nice job! What color is your door? I want to do mine in some kind of Navy too and yours is just gorgeous.

  • Helen Helen on Oct 20, 2019

    Where do these crazy questions come from! Beautiful job, great idea, thanks!

  • Rosemary Rosemary on Oct 22, 2019

    you said that you purchased a planter at Lowe's. Was that your foundation or inspiration?

  • Amy Collier Gilbert Amy Collier Gilbert on Oct 22, 2019

    I am a bit challenged when it comes to working with wood to build things. I am trying to figure out how you attached the tongue and groove planks together. Could you possibly provide a closeup of that?

    • Linda Fails Rice Linda Fails Rice on Oct 22, 2019

      Its the picture that shows a close up of the inside top of the planter. she screwed the planks to the furring strips that you see on the inside corners of the planter..

  • Robin Robin on Oct 22, 2019

    How does this provide privacy? If I'm not mistaken, you can still see in the house.

    • Agape Agape on Oct 22, 2019

      You know you can always put up curtains, but they don't always hang as low as you would need block everything, so the Planters are an awesome idea to reach down low and block The View while creating something beautiful to look at besides just curtains. Also you don't have to get expensive long curtains I have been tailored to the windows length because you don't need them now you just get some curtains that you happen to like because they should work. That's my two cents on your question Amy.

    • Joan Jackson Joan Jackson on Oct 22, 2019

      if you want more privacy use a fat talker tree which would be really pretty

    • Suzy Adickes Suzy Adickes on Oct 22, 2019

      If you read what she wrote, you will get your answer.

  • Mary Mary on Oct 22, 2019

    Not a question. Just wanted to say that I LOVE your completed project! That red is a wonderful addition.

  • Terrina Terrina on Oct 22, 2019

    I was just wondering if that’s going to hold up to the weather or can you put something on it for weathization ?

    • Katie Katie on Oct 22, 2019

      You can put polyurethane or shilack on it to weather proof

  • Debra Debra on Oct 22, 2019

    That’s an idea to dress up the front of your house if it’s laid out like this. I put house plants/trees on the inside in front of my windows for privacy.

  • Rich Rich on Oct 22, 2019

    I would have placed the planters inside the door up against the windows....would that be a consideration for some people?

  • Angela King Angela King on Oct 23, 2019
    I like it but I am not a builder. Any ideas?
    • Sandi Reynolds Sandi Reynolds on Feb 01, 2020

      Looks really good you did a mighty fine job! maybe paint them ? If you get bored

    • Penny Penny on Oct 16, 2020

      Thrift stores hold a multitude of sins!

    • Jennifer Bell Smith Jennifer Bell Smith on Oct 16, 2020

      We used a spray can of frost. Easy to remove with fingernail polish remover if you want it gone. Our little dog scratched it up a little, but just a quick spray and the marks disappeared.

    • Nancy Nancy on Oct 20, 2020

      Great idea and I love the style and finish you chose.

      I had and similar situation and bought a piece of translucent plastic (Like plexi-glas). I unscrewed the inside frame to the window, measured and cut the plastic to size, replaced the inside frame to hold it in. I couldn't see out clearly, but I could see an image if someone was there. They couldn't see inside clearly either. Since it was in a foyer, it worked for me at that time.

    • Heidi Christine Heidi Christine on Dec 12, 2020

      foller her directions, they aren't hard

    • Katherine Miller Lynn Katherine Miller Lynn on Jun 27, 2021

      I have a solid glass front door and I used black out film to cover the glass. You can get it at Walmart for $20 or less. You can see out but can’t see in. It’s the same kind of stuff used on car windows. Get the darkest shade.

  • Chloie Coffey Chloie Coffey on Oct 23, 2019
    What color paint did you use on the door?
  • Melody Hill Kelley Melody Hill Kelley on Oct 29, 2019

    Yes what is the door color?!? An I love this idea!

  • Kimberly Wrinkle Kimberly Wrinkle on Jun 27, 2021

    Why have those beautiful windows and cover them up???

  • Claudia Jarvis Claudia Jarvis on Jun 27, 2021

    Nice, but then how will my Golden dog look out window?

    well done👍🏻

    • Aleena Erickson Aleena Erickson on Jun 28, 2021

      Make the planters a little thinner or position a little more to one side. Us doggie parents know our security monitors need to see out!

  • Rita Hlasney Rita Hlasney on Jun 27, 2021

    could you show. Picture of the planers

    you bought from lowes?

    what size and cost?

  • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Jun 29, 2021

    You should include everything you put in to get this outcome. When you say it cost you $25 to make them that’s not true because you said it cost $20 each to fill them and that needs to be added to the whole cost. Someone is reading this thinking they can get the outcome you got for $25 and they can’t. Those gold screws are $12 a box.

    also you said you made a cardboard template but what did you make it of?

    • Susan Susan on Jul 02, 2021

      A cardboard template would be made of ----- cardboard.

    • Carey Carey on Aug 15, 2021

      Most cardboard boxes can be found free of charge! & it may be that she was using things that she already had so that would reduce the cost that she spent. It always pays to count the cost of a project before you start it, Cost in one place is often very different in another place. And we all use things on had that someone else might not have. Oll of that can change the total cost of any project.

      This is a neat project Good Job!


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  • Ellis Ellis on Jul 04, 2021

    They look beautiful, very nice job. But I don't want anyone able to look in from the porch, either, so I got a translucent Contact vinyl with an optical obscuring pattern. It's been in place for many years.

  • Kdes Kdes on Aug 03, 2021

    very nice .what paint colour did you use on the door , love the colour.