Wooden Planter Plans

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Finding the right wooden planter plans for your needs might be a true challenge, if you don’t have expertise in woodworking. There are many designs, shapes and sizes to choose from, therefore you need to study the pros and cons of each alternative and choose the plans that fit your needs and tastes best. On one hand, you have to ensure the wooden box is appropriate for the plants you are going to grow, while on the other hand it has to harmonize with the design of your garden or deck.

Plan everything from the very beginning, otherwise you could be taken aback by issues that require time and money to be fixed. In addition, select the lumber with great care and good judgement, if you want to build a durable planter with a nice appearance. Don’t be afraid to invest in quality materials (redwood, cedar), as you will see the difference over time, not to speak about the superior look.



Projects made from these plans





  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber 15” long, 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber 13 1/2” long FRAME
  • B – 8 pieces of 3” wood screws SCREWS FOR FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 1×6 lumber 15” long FLOOR
  • D – 12 pieces of 2” wood screws SCREWS FOR FLOOR
  • E – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber 16 1/2” long SIDES
  • F – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber 18” long, cut at 45º at both ends SIDE TRIMS
  • G – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber 19” long, cut at 45º at both ends TOP TRIMS
  • H – varnish or paint resistant to water VARNISH
  • I – 24 pieces of 1” finishing nails FINISHING NAILS
  • Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square
  • Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
  • Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
  • 4 Hours



Garden Planter Components

Wooden planter plans

Wooden planter plans


A wooden planter would enhance the look of your garden or deck, adding a little color  to the decor. From a technical point of view, any amateur handyman can build a planter box, taking into account that the project requires only basic woodworking techniques.

Our Tip: In order to obtain a professional result, buy lumber designed for outdoor use, such as cedar, redwood or pine. Select the slats with attention, making sure they are in a good condition (search for twists, cracks, chops, wanes, knots or decay).



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Planter box frame

Planter box frame

First, build the frame of the wooden planter, from 2×2 lumber. Therefore, cut the 2×2 at the right size and joint the pieces together with 3” screws. We recommend you to use a framing square (in this manner the corners would be right-angled).

Top Tip: Use a drill machinery to make pilot holes in the wooden components, before driving n the screws. In addition, don’t over-tighten the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

Planter bottom plans

Planter bottom plans

After building the base frame of the wooden planter, install the flooring. Therefore, use a miter saw to cut the 1×6 slats at 15” and attach them into place, by using 2” galvanized screws. Pre-drill holes in the slats before driving in the screws, otherwise the wood would split.

Top Tip: Smooth the cut edges of the slats with a sand block and average grit sandpaper, to obtain a neat look.

Installing the sides of the planter

Installing the sides of the planter

The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the sides of the wooden planter plans. Therefore, cut the 1×6 lumber at 16 1/2” and attach them to the base and top frames.

Top Tip: You could adjust the size of the walls according to your needs, making sure it doesn’t affect the appearance of the planter. Study carefully the needs of the plants and design the wooden box in an appropriate manner.

Installing the trims

Installing the trims

One of the last steps of this project is to install the trims, in order to conceal the edges of the wooden planter. Therefore, we suggest you to attach 1×3 or 1×4 trims to the sides of the planter, by using finishing nails.

Top Tips: Install the top trims (made of 1×4 lumber) into place, using finishing nails.  Cut the ends of the trims at 45º with a miter saw, as to get a accurate joints with a nice appearance.

Wooden planter box

Wooden planter box

Fill the head of the screws or the holes with wood putty and leave it to harden for several hours. Next, smooth the surface with a sander and 120- grit sandpaper, making sure you move it along the wood grain.

Top Tip: In order to protect the planter from wood decay and water damage, apply several coats of varnish or protective paint. Make sure you don’t use substances that might affect the plants.



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  1. Zara King at - Reply

    I left the bottom out and made the tops so a flower pot, (Square works best) can be dropped into the planter. This makes it easy to move around just by taking the weight out by removing the pot before putting it back in in the new location.

    • Julian at -

      Thank you for sharing your idea with us. Your solution is clever and I would like to see how it looks like. You should send a few images so that we can all appreciate your project!

  2. Zara King at - Reply

    I will, the planters look just like yours but without the bottoms and the square top is made to size to fit the size pot I want, this saves soil and makes it easy to move, I built the bench this morning and put it between two of them so each piece is separate, again for easy moving to new locations. I finished mine with a redwood stain.

    • Julian at -

      It sounds really interesting. Looking forward to seeing the completed project!