Full tutorial and plans for a DIY lattice planter box using vinyl lattice and a few boards. How to make your own planter box for indoors or outdoors.
This DIY lattice planter box is the latest addition to my patio! And I am in love with it!
My newly stained concrete patio looks so much more lively now! I went with ferns for now… because, you know… black thumb and all…
I wanted to create a planter with lots of texture. The original plan was to use strips of pine lattice… and create the criss-cross pattern.
But then I realized there was a simple way to do this! And so, in about 2 hours, I built this planter box for my patio. What is the secret? Read on!
Actually, there was a bit of a debate on the color… and I will come to that, but first, let me show you how you can build your own lattice planter box.
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DIY Lattice Planter Box
Materials to build a DIY lattice planter box –
How to build the lattice planter box –
You can download the printable plans for this lattice planter box below. You can also follow along with the step by step tutorial with pictures below.
Step 1 – Build the frame with frame for the plater using the 1×2 boards using wood glue and 2 ½” Pocket hole screws.
Step 2 – Cut the vinyl lattice to size using a jigsaw or reciprocating saw. I used a combination of both. Notice – widthwise, the lattice is the exact size of the opening but overlaps lengthwise. I attached using a dab of strong glue and finish nails. Once, all sides were done, it seemed too “see-through” and the pot on the inside would be very visible.
Step 4 – Add another layer offset from the first one to give it a fuller look. This was also attached using the strong glue and finish nails.
Step 5 – Add trim to the top and bottom of the planter to give it a finished look.
So much better!
Time to paint!
Once the planter box was built, I wasn’t quite sure what color to go with – white or navy. I asked the peeps on Instagram Stories and navy won hands down… but then when I got the grey primer on, for a while there, I wanted to stay with grey… so I asked for a vote again… and navy won again…
How to paint an outdoor planter box
It can be quite a challenge to paint all that lattice uniformly. One way to go about it is to use traditional spray paint… but I try to stay away from that because it isn’t very good for you, not mention expensive, and the color choices are way too limited!
Painting it with latex paint can be a challenge buit I have a (not-so-secret) weapon!
Materials needed to paint an outdoor planter box-
- Latex primer (I used grey primer because I was going with a dark and bright color)
- Outdoor latex paint in the color of your choice. I used Tried and True Blue from Dunn-Edwards.
- Outdoor water-based polyurethane
- HomeRight Super FinishMax Extra Paint Sprayer
- Large Spray Shelter
- Drop Cloth
Painting the DIY lattice planter box –
Step 1 – Set up the large spray shelter and drop cloth to protect the surroundings from overspray.
Step 2 – Get ready to spray primer on the planter. Start by spraying the underside and the insides before proceeding with the outsides. The best thing about the Super FinishMax Extra is that there is no need to thin the primer! It goes on like a dream.
I love to use the paint sprayer because you can easily get into all the grooves in the lattice for a uniform look. I added 2 coats of the primer with about 2 hours of drying time in between.
Step 3 – Add 3 coats of paint with the Super FinishMax Extra. I finally settled on navy because it goes well with my newly stained concrete floors and also against the color of the house.
See all the ways you can use the Super FinishMax Extra on HomeRight’s website.
Once, everything was dry, I added a few cedar planks on the bottom and added a pot of ferns!
I love the splash of blue! My patio is slowly coming together and turning into the amazing space I visualize in my mind… hopefully, everything will be put together before the end of summer :).
So, what do you think about the color? Were you team white, grey or navy? Which would you rather choose?
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