DIY Wooden Planter Boxes

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I've been shopping around for some large planters to put on my front porch. I wanted them larger so I could plant some Perenial Hostas in them. I love buying new flowers every year but it gets costly. So I thought planting perennials might be better because they come back every year. I knew I'd need a bigger Planter and went searching. I found These on Amazon (aff Link) Wooden Planter Boxes WAY to expensive for my little budget. So I convinced the beard to build some for me, and they cost a fraction of the price!
Aren't these Hostas Gorgeous??
Using your (aff Link) Kreg Rip Cut cut or table saw Cut four pieces 15Wx36L

Assemble the four pieces into a box shape using your nailer. (you could also do this with wood screws or a hammer and nail)

After it's assembled cut it in half. This will give you your 2 planters.
Next we added cleats and a new bottom closer to the top so we wouldn't have to fill them up with so much dirt.
Now take your Furring strips and add the top trim. We mitered the corners with the miter saw to give them a more custom look.
After the top trim is done add the 2 bottom pieces. We did 2 rows to make them look more fancy.
Next we stained them and sealed them inside and out to prevent water damage.
I then drilled 4 holes in the new bottom for drainage, filled it with dirt, and Planted 1 Hosta and 2 calibrachoa per planter.They're so gorgeous and I can't wait until they grow and fill in. The beautiful green of the Hostas and calbrichoas against the black of the planters will be gorgeous! These planters were so easy and turned out perfect!
For a full list of Materials and the Cost Break down Visit the link below.
Stacey @addisonmeadowslane
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  • Sharon  W. Sharon W. on Jul 25, 2018


    We live in the Northeast. Do these Host need to be stored in basement or garage over the winter?

    Thank you. LOVE Hosta but they are being eaten & ruined from the roots!

  • Michele Duncan Michele Duncan on Jul 31, 2018

    How big of a hole did you drill into the bottom of the planter?

  • Gloria Gloria on Apr 16, 2021

    What sealer did you use for inside boxes?

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Apr 16, 2021

    Can't imagine putting my hostas in planter boxes,but then I'mblessed with plenty of room to plant them where they can 'go crazy'.ha.

    • Patty V. Y Patty V. Y on Apr 16, 2021

      I too have hosta plants galore, 10-15 type of large, small, variegated, light, and dark in color, over 30 yrs of living here. And many gardens all over the yard, lining walkways, with boulders, aside, by the pond, etc. (TIP BELOW) ☆

      (However, I also put them in my containers too!)

      Why, I have them to cut chunks off, and never miss that, BUT, what could be prettier, cheaper, and a great filler to add. So, for those who have many like you, and can't imagine putting them in containers, you should try it, before knocking it. Saves money, adds much to the variety, and can replant it, for next year. Saves money, adds to outdoor beauty.

  • Lorrie Pope Lorrie Pope on Apr 16, 2021

    Why would you do all that work and not use cedar for your lumber. I know prices have gone up but cedar will last for many, many years as opposed to plywood and pine. Many times you can get cedar from folks redoing their fences and it’s a great way to recycle.