Stair Riser Planter Garden

Julien K., Hometalk Team
by Julien K., Hometalk Team
9 Materials
20 Minutes
I've always dreamed of a super simple, easily accessible and manageable herb garden. I've tried different methods of keeping them in the past, but they always end up growing into one another, being displayed poorly, or being infested with bugs. This option is appealing, eye-catching, and extremely functional. Now, I can quickly snip, pull or pick the herb I need for my next meal, right outside my back door!


- Stair Risers (x2)

- 24" Plastic Planter Boxes (x3)

- 2x2 Piece of Wood

- 2 Nails

- Hammer

- Potting Soil

- Herb Garden Seeds

- Gloves (Optional, but recommended as the wood is sharp)

Step 1) Lean your stair risers against the wall or surface they'll be used on.

Step 2) Cut a thin piece of wood approximately 2" shorter than the length of the planter box. Place it between the two stair risers at the bottom front. No need to place one at the top of the stair risers, as the surface it is leaning on will secure it, if it's flush against the wall.

Step 3) Hammer a nail through each stair riser into the piece of wood to attach them together.

Step 4) Place one planter box on each step of the stair riser.

Step 5

Step 5) Fill each planter box with potting soil.

Step 6) If you're creating a vegetable or herb garden like I did, plant your seeds. I did three different herb options across in each planter box to allow for growth.

Step 7) Add popsicle stick labels, so you can remember what you planted before each herb begins to grow.

Be sure to water and ensure they receive some sunlight. Then be patient, and wait for your garden to grow!

Suggested materials:
  • 24" Plastic Planter Boxes (x3)   (Home Depot)
  • 3 - Step Stair Riser (x2)   (Home Depot)
  • Gorilla Gloves   (Home Depot)
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  • Gina Pace Gina Pace on Apr 17, 2017

    I love the look of this! But I'd want to attach the tops of the risers to the wall they are up against, or a strong wind storm could blow the whole thing over? Also, putting a couple of short pallet boards across each "step" under the planter boxes and mailing them to the risers would increase the strength of it too... But it's awesome!

  • Gladys partain Gladys partain on Jun 26, 2017

    I do not know much about planting herbs. When should they be planted?

  • Becky Becky on Jun 02, 2021

    Can I add a brace to this so I do not need to set it against a wall?

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  • Sandra Whitman Sandra Whitman on Jun 01, 2021

    My husband already made me one but we have each basket filled with annuals! Ours is beautiful and we have it on the back porch that is directly under the deck. it gets shade and sun which is good for the sun loving plants

  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on May 05, 2022

    Giant 👋 from me for thinking outside the box!