Easy Sleek Planter Box From Reclaimed Wood




Introduction: Easy Sleek Planter Box From Reclaimed Wood

Hi! I will give you a basic and easy step by step process on how to build a clean, simple planter that is perfect for flowers and small greens. It can be made of reclaimed wood, as I did here, or using scrap wood. Perfect for setting against walls, along window sills, and almost anywhere, it is also really easy to customize it to your needed size.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

2 2x4 5" (Height)

3 wood planks any width and 5" x Length of preferred planter.

12 screws, <3 inches in length ,preferably weather resistant.

A power drill.

That's it! This requires almost no work to build.

*notes: length and height(5" in mine) can be changed to suit your needs, just remember to have a ~5" plank for the base.

Step 2: Cut the 2x4

Cut your 2x4, into two pieces at the desired height of the planter box. I used 5".

Step 3: The Layout

The layout will be two planks on the outside of the 2x4, and later a plank will be added to the very bottom of the planter. Please reference the images to ensure everything is flush and

Step 4: Drill and Screw

Drill pilot holes prior to screwing, attaching the planks to the 2" side of the 2x4 with two screws flush with the bottom. Repeat this process for the other 2x4 and other plank.

Step 5: Attach the Bottom

Add the final plank to the bottom of the 2x4, placing 2 screws into each. I used 5" plank to have a little overhang over the 2"+2*thickness of planks. You can adapt this so it is flush with the sides of the planter.

Step 6: You're Done. Plant!

Now 12 drilled holes and screws later, you have yourself a mighty fine planter perfect for flowers and small greens. place cardboard or sticks along the edges of side planks and bottom plank to help stop dirt from draining out when watering plants. Fill with dirt. Plant anything that has a relatively small root footprint. Or not. ( note my kale there growing just fine :)) I think this project is perfect for Lettuce and edible greens, and fits perfectly along my front staircase. I hope you enjoy yours!



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    6 Discussions

    Nice piece of work, I have some queries 1. does it not require a drain hole for excess water to drain out? 2. will it need some protective platics cover as a inner lining to prevent any damage to the wood? .

    Thank you.

    1 reply

    Hey, thanks for the questions. There's plenty of space for water to drain between th slit of the side panels and bottom wood plank, as you only srew the bottom plank in at each end of the 2x4. I would highly recommend placing cardboard o some sort of material along these slits to prevent dirt from escaping, much like you would a shard of clay pot over the hole in a conventional pot. As for damage to the wood, I used redwood and pressure treated wood, so I'm not too worried about too much deterioration.

    Very nicely done and great documentation! I love that the planter is reclaimed wood! Looking forward to your next project!

    1 reply

    Thanks! I'll have to see what I decide to do next!


    2 years ago

    how to preserve the wood from humidity?

    1 reply

    Good point! The wood planks were recovered from a old fence, and was made of redwood. 2x4 from pressure treated. I'd recommend painting or lacquer to preserve other types of wood.