Introduction: DIY Modern Outdoor Planter
This is part of our continuing series of making DIY outdoor furniture!! You can check out all the other projects in our profile or on our YouTube channel here!
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- (13) 1x4s
- (2) 4x4x8
- small pieces of 3/4" plywood
Step 1: Cut 1x4 Material to Length
Let’s go ahead and cut everything down to length. The 1x4s are for all the sides of the planter, so we need 2 different sizes of those. They will be placed horizontally in the final product, so we will need to make lots of the same length pieces. And of course, using a stop block to make all those repeating cuts.
The miter saw we love and use: https://homedepot.sjv.io/VDMrO (affiliate link)
Step 2: Ripping and Cutting 2x4s
We need to make the skeleton, if you will, of the planter, so we are going to rip down a few 2x4s because those at full dimension would just be too much. After that, cut them down to length.
Step 3: Assemble "Skeleton" of Planter
For assembly we are going to do one side at a time, so using those ripped 2x4s, we are putting together the front and back of the planter, so this will be the longer two sides. We are pre-drilling, countersinking, and screwing down the screws. Repeat that process for all the screws.
Milwaukee Drills: https://homedepot.sjv.io/BdvW
DeWalt Atomic Drills: https://homedepot.sjv.io/n65OA
Countersink Bit: https://homedepot.sjv.io/k2rnL
Step 4: Attaching the Middle Piece
This middle piece here is for the bottom of the planter to sit on and get drilled into. You’ll see that in a minute. After the first side is down, you can go ahead and do the other side the same way.
Step 5: Stapling 1x Material
Now to put on the 1x material slats around the outside. We are using our stapler and these slats are going to hold together the two sides.
We didn't really thing about this before, but for the long slats we didn't want a gap behind them when they got stapled to the 2x4s and so dirt wouldn't fall down, so we just cut a piece to fit in this space and screwed it in.
Step 6: Add in the Bottom Piece
Last thing to assemble is the bottom of a planter with just a piece if 3/4 plywood. Don’t forget to drill your drainage holes!
Step 7: Spraying Finish
We did sand this down really well and rounded off the corners, so now time for finish. We are using the Total Boat Halcyon Amber Varnish (get 15% off using the code "WOODBREW15" , click here! ) and yes you can actually spray this stuff, so this was super easy and fast to finish. We did 2 coats and covered everything from the inside, the outside, and underneath. Here's the sprayer we use: https://amzn.to/2QjF2j4 (affiliate link)
Step 8: Plant Your Plants!
So. The planter was a little too deep for what plants we ended up picking, so with some empty plastic bottles we lined them against the walls to take up some space.
All that’s left is to plant our cute little plants and water them and this project is a wrap. This turned out so cute. I love the horizontal slats to give it a more modern look. We only have, I think, 1 more project for this outdoor space and it will all be done!