Planter box

How to build a planter box for $35

One weekend we were walking through target and they had just but out all their garden supplies. You know me I was super excited and a planter box caught my eye. We were looking at it, and first of all it was $99 and was held together with only pegs and no wood glue. huhh my husband said, ”I could make that.” So off we went with kids in tow to home depot to get the wood. And this is how it turned out!


I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite smells is when cider is being cut. So all my planter boxes is made out of cider. Also cider is very durable with our Texas heat and rain.

Here are the tools you will need:

  • table saw or a compound miter saw (which ever one you have)
  • tap measure
  • framer’s triangle
  • brad nail gun
  • 18 Ga 1-1/4” brad nails
  • jig saw
  • X-Acto knife
  • garden fabric or weed block fabric( can get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s comes in a hug roll)
  • electric sander (its just quicker)


The size of wood you need:

  • 4 2×2’s cut at 24 inches (pressure treated wood, for legs)
  • 8 1×3’s cut at 24 inches
  • 8 1×3’s cut at 18 inches
  • 2 1×2’s cut at 20 inches
  • 2 1×2’s cut at 14 inches
  • 4  1×6’s cut at 17 inches( pressure treated wood, for bottom)



This will build a 18×24” planter box!

Now how to assemble….first start with brad nail gun and attach the legs (4 2×2’s cut at 24 inches) to the first 1×3 cut at 24 inches. Use four 1×3’s cut at 24 inches all the way around to make a rectangle. Attach with your brad nail gun.IMG_1314.JPG

Then alternate 1×3’s at 24 inches and 1×3’s at 18 inches on all four sides. Looking like this….

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Once you have all the 1×3’s alternating and stacked up. Now place the 1×2’s on the bottom to create a lip for the bottom of the planter box.



Flip the planter box up right so its standing on the legs. Place the 1×6’s on the top of the lip to create the bottom of the planter box. You will have to cut a notch out of each corner on each end piece so it will butt up against the legs. Leave a couple of centimeter gap so the water can drain out.


Now line the inside of the planter box with garden fabric. The fabric will help to hold the soil in instead of falling out of the cracks. I just laid the fabric inside and tacked it down with a staple gun and cut off the extra with an x-acto knife. Now sand and stain if you like or just leave it natural cider look.


And there you have it! A beautiful planter box that you will love for years to come.


*$35 is for just the wood.