$10 Cedar Tiered Flower Planter or Herb Garden

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 06/14/2014 - 22:24
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Hey DIY Friends!  I have a special treat for you today!!!

We are sharing plans for a tiered planter, that we only spent $10 on!  

And it gets even better!!!

Remember I said we?  

Well, this planter was actually built by my good friend Jen.  Jen considers herself a beginner builder, and she built this tiered planter in one hour from a new plan we worked on together (plans are following).

Jen's going to be working with me on simple, small projects from my designs - like this one - so I'll let her take it from here!


Hi, I'm new to this so bear with me. My name is Jen and I am a mother of 3. I am the type of person that knows what I like when I see it, not so much a creator of something new. So when I started working for Ana I found myself online looking at all of these wonderful creations from others.

I asked Ana if I could help her more and get into the building process. She is a great sport and of course said yes! I was excited to get to work, so she told me to come over and she'd come up with a simple plan for me to start.

This planter is as easy as it gets! I got to work on it and in an hour I was looking at something I built! Such satisfaction and for $10 just plain exciting! The first box went together great, then I was cruising, the second box I ended up attaching the boards wrong, so attention to detail is important. I didn't worry too much because I wasn't out much and it was a reminder that I needed to slow down and chill out a little bit!

The spacer came in handy to help keep the boxes evenly spaced and I didn't have an extra hand, just another step to simplify the process.

Gotta say I love this Staple Gun. Once I made the supports flush to the top I shot them in and viola, I had the stand attached!

Then I flipped this baby over and stood back to admire and couldn't believe how something so simple could make me so happy!

Be sure to drill holes in the bottom to allow drainage.

Time to get this baby planted, all hands on deck kiddos. They were so happy to help!

We decided to keep the cedar natural so the step that usually takes the most time, the finishing, didn't even need to happen. The final result is a beautiful planter that is so versatile. I thought herbs would be nice, or instead of 2 traditional planters on each side of the sidewalk, two of these would be fun and give a different look. If you do decide to finish it, paint or stain goes a long way. A simple project with many options, that's what I'm talking about!

I gotta say this is the most fun I've had in a long time! Can't wait to see what's next!

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

3 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
I used 1-1/4" galvanized staples to attach but you could also use screws or nails or other hardware

Cut List

3 5 1/2" cedar fence picket @ 15"
6 5 1/2" cedar fence picket @ 5 1/2"
6 5 1/2" cedar fence picket @ 16" (cut last to fit)

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
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!


Step 1

Cut 5 1/2 " cedar fence picket for bottom first. Then attach both ends, cut sides last to fit. I used a Ryobi Airstrike Stapler and 1 1/4" galvanized for exterior staples. Make 3 of these boxes.

Step 2

Attach both 1 x 2 @ 24" flush to back as shown on each side. Used the 1 1/4" staples.

Step 3

Add 1 x 2 cross support 6" from bottom of outside 1 x 2's. Used staples to attach.

Step 4

Cut 2 1x2's @ 27 3/4". Cut both ends 30 degrees parallel short point to long point. Make flush with top as shown. Attached with staples.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
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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Fri, 07/24/2020 - 09:50

How did you prevent the staples from rusting ?? I'm about to tackle this project but am not sure how to stop the staples from rusting if I do not plan to paint or seal, which it appears you did not do either.