It’s summertime, and we’re all spending a lot of time outside, so it’s a great time to spruce up the patio or outdoor space. A new planter is a great way to do that, and today I’m going to show you how to save money by building your own indoor/outdoor planter. This particular planter would work great as a table centerpiece, or you could add hanging hardware and attach it to a balcony. What you’ll need to build this DIY planter box:

  • 1×4 board cut into (3) pieces at 24″ long and (2) pieces at 5″ long
  • Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Sanding Block
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Nailer
  • 1 1/2″ Brad Nails
  • Drill and 1/4″ Drill Bit
  • Stain and Sealer
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents or plants of your choice

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First, measure and cut your wood to the desired length. My planter is 2 feet long, but you can modify the dimensions to suit your needs. I used a miter saw to cut my boards, but any saw will do. Use a sanding block to smooth rough edges.

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Apply a thin bead of wood glue along the edges, and attach the boards with brad nails, forming a box. One of the 24″ long boards will be the bottom, and your other two 24″ boards will form the sides, while the 5″ long pieces will form the ends.

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Drill holes in the bottom of your planter to allow for drainage.

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Apply stain or paint of your choice. I used a dark walnut stain and then applied waterproof sealer.

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Fill your planter with potting soil and plant your succulents (or whatever small plants you choose).

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You can always add pea gravel for additional drainage or for a decorative touch. Now it’s time to put it outside and enjoy it!

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