I hope everyone is enjoying the start of Summer. I feel like I’m barely making my way through these last few days of school, but today is the last day and maybe I’ll be able to take a breath (probably not), one can dream, right? One thing I look forward to during the summer months is just being outside at all times. We eat as many meals as possible outdoors and just love hanging around. We are hoping to do a pretty big makeover to the outside of our house, but things like hot water heaters and furnaces keep breaking along with other random electrical problems in our little foreclosure house. So since I can’t regrade the yard and have new landscaping put in right this second, I’ll just focus on all the fun little decor parts – like this DIY Planter.
How to Build a Planter
This planter is a great way to get introduced to some of my favorite tools, like the Kreg Jig and a miter saw. Seriously.. those might be my all-time favorites! They make everything so much more fun in woodworking! The good news is that I will be giving away a fun little gift package from Kreg Jig at the end of this post, so when you are done taking a little peek at the tutorial here, don’t forget to enter!
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|– (4) 1×4’s @ 8′|
– (1) 1×2 @ 8′
– (2) 2×4’a @ 8′
– Wood Stain
– Waterproof Sealant
|– Miter Saw|
– Impact Driver or Drill
– Nail Gun
– Kreg Jig
– Wood Glue
|– (12) 1×4’s @ 36″|
– (4) 2×4’s @ 36″
– (8) 1×4’s @ 10 1/2″
– (2) 1×2’s @ 10 1/2″
– (4) 1×2’s @ 14 1/2″
Prepare to Build the Planter
After you cut your pieces we are going to get started with the pocket holes. You might want to measure as you go after you build the main frame just because measurements can get slightly off. We will start things off by building the sides which means adding your pocket holes where you see all the x’s. Each 1×4 will have 3 pocket holes, with the exception of 4 that will need pocket holes going both directions in order to attach the 2×4’s. (The 1×4 with 6 pocket holes- 3 need to point one direction and the other 3 need to point the opposite direction of those.) We will be making two of these sides.
In order to get the proper space between the 1×4 & 2×4 I simply used a scrap 1×4 to create a flat surface in order to install the wood screws into the pocket holes, and it makes a nice surface with the clamps. So it will be flush with one side of the 2×4 and the other side will have a 3/4″ lip. Repeat for the second side.
With the remaining 1×4’s you need to create the opposite legs using pocket holes. Then attach all 3 sides together with the pocket holes on the inside. You might have to use a shorter bit to get the screws in to the pocket holes.
Assemble the Planter
Once you have the main frame built, you just need to add the outer frame pieces. I attached the frame using wood glue and my nail gun to hold it in place.
Add Rope Detail to the Wooden Planter
To add the rope detail, drill 4 holes in each corner appropriate to the size of your rope. I tied a knot on the inside of the planter to keep the rope in place.
The last step will be to add the support base to hold up your plant. To do this I attached my 1×2 rails and supports 8″ from the top and attached with wood glue and finishing nails.
Now all that’s left is to finish and seal your new planter. Make sure you are using an outdoor sealant to keep your wood protected and let it dry completely before using.