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Build your own Planter Boxes!

With the weather finally warming up enough to step outside, we’ve been hankerin’ to whip up some outdoor projects to give our sad exterior a pick-me-up and just generally make it feel more like home. Having built the pergola last year, we knew that come spring we would jump into it again. Evennnnnntually we need to put patio paver stones under the pergola (and extend it out even further), but that job just seems expensive and overwhelmingly time-consuming right at this moment.

So for now, we built some custom planters to flank our front door! We’re hoping this will draw one’s eye away from the dead animals and garbage that Reuben brings to our front porch almost daily. (yep,we totally cleaned up for this pic… a dead ground squirrel and part of what appeared to be a fox at one point)

Lots of little changes to the porch can make a huge difference! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Nick and I knocked these out in an afternoon, and you can too! The instructions we’ll give you below will be for one planter.

You’ll need (4) 1×3 pine boards (8 ft) cut to the following dimensions:

Instructions for building your own DIY planters to flank your front door! {Sawdust and Embryos}

You’re going to start out by drilling pocket holes (two on each end) of your 7 1/2” and 9” pieces. Then, after slapping some glue on one edge, screw it into one of your 24” pieces.

Build your own custom planters for your patio! {Sawdust and Embryos}Simple instructions on how to build your own custom planter boxes {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then repeat on the other side to form a rectangle. You’ll need 4 of these.

Learn how to build your own planter boxes to flank your front door! {Sawdust and Embryos}

We bought a sheet of beadboard (3’x4’) and cut it into 4 panels (two 11”x21” and two 9.5”x21”). Apply a thin layer of woodglue along the inner edge of each rectangle, put beadboard in place, and affix with a brad nailer/stapler.

Instructrions on how to build your own custom DIY planter boxes {Sawdust & Embryos}

Using some scrap wood, we put some supports on the back… you’ll see in a minute how it holds up the innards of our planter.

Build your own custom planters {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, assemble your box! Just glue/nail all your edges together with a brad nailer.

DIY Planter Box {Sawdust and Embryos}

We couldn’t find any pre-made ‘furniture feet’ the right size, so we cut some in half! I realize they aren’t symmetrical, but do we seem like the type of people to care about petty things of that nature?

Learn how to build your own custom planter boxes to flank your front door {Sawdust and Embryos}

We painted our new planters white using RustOleum glossy white spray paint.  Obviously we didn’t want the actual depth of the planter to be 24”… cause let’s be honest: THAT’S A LOT OF DIRT. So this is where those little scrap’ support beams’ come in (mentioned earlier)! We bought a sheet of fluorescent light grid cover and cut it down to 12”x12”, and placed it down into our planter and let it rest on the supports. This makes our planter box much more shallow, and allows drainage when watering.

DIY Planter Boxes {Sawdust and Embryos}

Then we just stapled in landscaping fabric and planted our flowers!

Build your own custom planters for your patio! {Sawdust & Embryos}Tutorial on building your own custom planter boxes to flank your front door! {sawdust and embryos}

These bad boys bring so much life to our porchy area, and they’re so inviting!

Simple instructions for building your own custom planter boxes! {Sawdust and Embryos}

It's the little things that make your porch bright and welcoming! {Sawdust & Embryos}

Are you doing any quick updates to your patio or deck this spring? It’s amazing how little changes can have a big impact!

Of course you know we couldn’t stop there… we added some decorative trim-work… click here for that tutorial!

DIY Planter boxes with Geometric trimwork! Click through for the full tutorial! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Be sure to check out all the other fun little things we’ve done to this space to make it feel more welcoming!

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Disclosure! we’re SUPER HONORED to have been chosen as a “Lowes Creator”, and were provided with a Lowes gift card to help with the cost of supplies… but as always, all ideas, thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. Because that’s how we roll yo.

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  • Jesse

    oh these came out so nice & Clean! The last set of planters I made were super rustic, but been craving a cleaner look. I’m pinning this 😀

  • Beckie

    Bethany – love the geometric punch. You totally kicked them up a notch for sure. Nick – loving the old school clamps! My gramps has those!

  • ira lee

    those are awesome! they would look great with a spiller plant in them, falling off the edge. :)

  • Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz

    Ooooh I love these! I can’t wait until I have a porch big enough to decorate!

  • simplynutty

    Thanks for the great idea. I just made 1 last night and plan to complete the pair today. Does the spray paint hold up in rain? If not I was thinking of using exterior house paint or a wood sealer before paining. Thoughts?

    • Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      As long as you prime with a good oil-based primer before painting you should be fine. Ours still look good as new after the whole summer/fall! If anything, you could seal it with a clear poly. But be careful because the oil based sealers leave a yellowish tint, so if your planters are white like mine, it would look awful!

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