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This was a fun easy build...I took the toy box plans and used 1X4s instead of solid sides and bottom.  I cut the legs short and put finals on.  

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Black outdoor paint.
Estimated Cost: 


These looks so great!  I definitely need to try to build some of these!

These are GORGEOUS!  What an inspiration you are - I can't get over how fabulous they look.  These are now a must-have (must-make?) for me! :D

The road to success is always under construction.

I love these planters!  I totally want to make these, but I have never used planters these questions may be silly.  You said you used 1x4's for the sides and bottom, so does water leak out when you water your plants?  Or is there enough dirt in there that that isn't a problem?  Did you paint the entire inside of your planter?  Thanks!

I just put small (silver dollar size) rocks on top of any gaps for drainage.  That way the dirt doesn't leak out but some of the excess water can trickle out.  If you don't have a way for it to drain, the roots of your plants can rot.  You could staple landscape material in the planter as well and it would do the same thing.  I didn't go that route because the rocks were free.  I didn't know about the drainage problem either, bought pots without holes and killed my first set of planter plants many years ago.  I did paint the entire inside...actually my kids did.  

I LOVE these! I've been wanting to do some container gardening this year, planting tomato and peppers together, but pots are so expensive..silly me, I should have thought to build them myself! These look so sleek and modern with the square look! Great GREAT job..and good idea to get the kids to help! :)