How do I build an outdoor planter with ceramic tile sides?

Do I need to use cement board for the tiled area or can I tile on wood. I live in FL. and we get a LOT of rain.....but I'd like this to last.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

  3 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 28, 2020

    Hi Merry you can tile on wood but I would definitely encourage you to use cement board as much as you can. It will definitely last longer.

    • Merry Straub Merry Straub on May 28, 2020


      Thank you so much for the rapid response. It's what I thought but wanted to be absolutely sure.

      Thanks again,


  • Kathleen A Hardison Kathleen A Hardison on May 28, 2020

    You could also make a planter out of concrete! Then it’s definitely more permanent. There are lots of diy videos on making planters, bowls, urns, etc with concrete on the internet

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    • Kathleen A Hardison Kathleen A Hardison on May 28, 2020

      Omg yes that would be amazingly heavy. Since you are building it yourself, if you are keeping it on pavement, porch, driveway, sidewalk, etc, you might consider putting casters or wheels on the bottom to make it easier to move. Even if you use concrete board, with dirt and plants it’ll still be heavy. If your putting on grass, wheels probably won’t work. Good luck!

  • You wouldn’t want to tile directly on wood as it expands and contracts with weather changes. There are lightweight concrete mixes out there, you’d have to do some searching.