Frame and Panel Planters

Free planter plans!


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

Author Notes: 

Hello DIYers!!!

Want to make your front porch a little prettier, without breaking the bank?  

My friend Whitney at Shanty2Chic just built new planters for her front entryway, and we worked on brand new plans together to share with you!

I love how rich the wood grain is, contrasting with the concrete and stone!  

Here's from Whitney:

I love my new tall planter boxes!  Similar ones in big brand magazines cost close to $300.  Not mine!  For a tenth of the cost I get the same look and a lot more money to spend on the flowers :-)

And the best part is you can build these planters for your own home!  Yep, we've got you covered with the free plans!

But before we get to the plans, please take a second to stop over and read Whitney's building and finishing post.

See you back here!

Thanks Whitney!

Shopping List: 

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
6 - 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets 6 feet long

2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions are shown above
Cut List: 

4 - 1x3 @ 20"
4 - 1x3 @ 26 1/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2"
4 - 1x2 @ 26 1/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 18 1/2"
12 - 5 1/2" wide fence pickets 31 1/4" long

Step 1: 

First, build two frames, note that they are sized differently.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Then add the tops to the two frames.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach the fencing, starting in the middle, working outward, with galvanized finish nails and exterior wood glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Use predrilled holes and attach the four panels together with screws. You can skip the glue to break the planters down and store flat for the winter.

Step 5 Instructions: 

For the bottom, what I like to do is attach a few 1x2 cleats on the insides, and then lay wood slats on top. Then I place gardener's cloth on top followed by soil. I place the bottom up near the top - no need to put that much soil in - just extra $$$ and weight.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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