45 Amazing DIY Wooden Planter Box Ideas

These DIY wooden planter box ideas and easy to build and will spruce up your curb or backyard! Get lots of inspiration to build your own wooden planters!

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Container planters make gardening easy for any skill level or home!

Whether you are in an apartment or in a large house with acreage, DIY wooden planters are a great way to add curb appeal or grown your own veggies!

Making a wooden planter box is very easy! Most of them are a perfect afternoon project for any beginner woodworker.

Benefits of a DIY Wooden Planter Box

  • Easy to build!
  • Make as big or small as you want for your space
  • Fewer weeds
  • You can move them where ever you want – for decor or for sunlight!

What Wood to Use for DIY Planter Box

Wooden planter boxes are very cost effective and easy to build.

  • Redwood – A great option because it is naturally rot-resistant and has been known to last for a long time. Unfortunately, it can be a lot more expensive than the other options. Learn more about redwood uses and advantages.
  • Cedar – Also rot-resistant, though not as long as redwood. pretty cost-effective too.
  • Douglas fir – Lasts a lot less – about 5-7 years. Cheapest wood used for garden boxes.
Collage of various DIY wooden planter boxes

When choosing the wood for your planter box, be sure to use untreated wood. The chemicals in treated wood can harm plants.


DIY Wooden Planter Box Ideas

Once you have decided what type of wood you want to build with, here are a few awesome DIY wooden planter box ideas to inspire you!

Almost all of these are super easy to make with the very basic tools!  Take a look!

1. DIY Tiered Raised Vegetable beds by Anika’s DIY Life

DIY Tiered raised vegetable bed with legs and trellis in backyard with vegetable plants

This is great for small yards where you don’t have a lot of ground space. The tiered planter not just gives you lots of space to grow those veggies, it also looks amazing!

2. DIY Lattice Planter Box by Anika’s DIY Life

Navy blue lattice planter box in patio with plants

This lattice planter box adds amazing character to your garden or yard. It is meant to be decorative and you can easily put your pot inside for the plants. Or you can attach landscape fabric to the inside and plant directly!

3. Tiered Cedar planter by Anika’s DIY Life

Easy DIY tiered planter box made from $10 in materials

This tiered wooden planter is super easy to build and takes only about an hour! All you need is a saw and nailer!

4. DIY Self-watering Planter by Anika’s DIY Life

Simple DIY self watering planter box in backyard

This planter might be simple to look at and build but it has a built-in self-irrigating system! See how it is made. Spoiler – it is very easy too!


5. $10 Cedar Tiered Flower Planter or Herb Garden by Ana White

These DIY wooden planter ideas will give you lots of inspiration!

Another gorgeous tiered planter to add vertical height!

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6. Wood and Metal Planter Box Building Plans by Pneumatic Addict

This wood and metal DIY planter and many more ideas to spruce up your curb appeal

Add even more character with the addition of metal to a simple wooden planter box!

7. DIY Modern Outdoor Planter Box by The Handyman’s Daughter

yellow planter box with paneled sides

Don’t you just love the texture the panels add to the side of this planter?

8. DIY Planter Pot Table Combo by Bigger Than the Three of Use

This and many more DIY planter box ideas

Love this dual purpose planter and table! It is absolutely perfect for the patio!

9. DIY Outdoor End table with built-in planter by The Handyman’s Daughter

DIY Outdoor end table with colorful flowers

This end table is a genius idea! The planter serves dual purpose! Can you guess what you can switch it out for?

10. Pallet Planter Box for Cascading Flowers by Her Tool Belt

A cascading planter box made from Pallets!!

This is such a gorgeous planter box idea! You have to go take a look at what it looks like after a few months when it fills up with flowers!

11. Easy Rustic Planter Koozies by My Repurposed Life

These simple planter boxes and much more inspiration

These super easy planter ideas add the perfect rustic charm!


12. DIY Flower Boxes by The DIY Bungalow

This flower box and many more ideas for DIY Planter Boxes

A simple wooden window box is a easy to make and adds so much fun color to the home!

13. DIY Modern Cedar Planter by The DIY Huntress

This easy cedar planter and many more amazing DIY planter inspiration

If you need modern and clean lines, this is the perfect DIY planter box! It is super easy to build too!

14. Colorful Tin Can Planters and Pallet planters by Pillar Box Blue

recycled tin and pallet planter idea

If you are more into rustic beauty, this is a great way to add color and plants to your window!

15. Kitchen Herb Garden by Lovely Etc.

Find lots of inspiration to build a DIY planter here

If you are looking for a simple kitchen her garden, It is super easy to make!

16. “Jones” Tiered Raised Veggie Garden by Lazy Guy DIY

DIY wooden planter box ideas

Another great idea for tiered wooden planters!


17. Faux Zinc Planter by The Created Home

Faux zinc planter and many other wooden planter ideas

This is NOT metal! It is wood and its gorgeous! Take a look at how to make it look like zinc!

18. DIY Large Cedar Planters by Uncookie Cutter

15+ ideas for DIY Planter boxes

I love the tiered planters and their modern look! They make perfect planters for indoors or outdoors!

19. Easy 10-minute wooden planter by Uncookie Cutter

Easy 10 minute wooden planter idea

This little table top planter is made from scrap wood and takes about 10 minutes to make! I think it makes a great gift idea too!

20. Hanging Fence Garden by Thrift Diving

DIY hanging planter boxes on the fence

This is such a great use of the vertical fence space!

21. Reclaimed wood raised garden beds by 1915 House 

If you have been wanting to get into container gardening for veggies, this is the perfect starting point!

22. DIY Hanging Plant Stand by The Weathered Fox

Easy hanging plant stand

Not just a planter but also decor! Perfect idea for an entry way or back patio!

23. DIY Tapered Planter from Houseful of Handmade

tapered shaped wood planter box

Made from cedar fence pickets, this planter features a great tapered shape that is great for patios, decks, and porches.


24. DIY Large Planter Box from Love Create Celebrate

Tall wooden planter box stained dark brown

Modern planter boxes can be very expensive. Build your own and add a beautiful statement piece to your outdoor space.

25. Cedar Planter Boxes from Bitterroot DIY

wood planter box attached to deck rail

Cedar is known for being withstand the elements and when you add corner brackets they become the perfect wood planters for your deck railing.

26. Wood Planter Box with Trellis from The Handyman’s Daughter

Square wood planter box with wooden trellis

Fence pickets are easy to work with and you can use your leftovers to build this amazing wood planter box with a trellis for vining plants.

27. Raised Garden Bed with Shelf from Love & Renovations

raised wood planter box with storage shelf

Raised garden beds have become very popular and this one comes with a shelf underneath for storage.

28. End Table with Built-in Planter from The Handyman’s Daughter

flowers in a DIY wood planter built into an outdoor end table

Add sweet smelling flowers to your outdoor space with this end table that doubles as a wood planter box.

29. Raised Vegetable Garden with Compost Bins from Lazy Guy DIY

raised garden bed with t and arms to hold hanging flower pots

Create a wood planter box for your vegetable garden that includes a composting bin.

30. DIY Wood Planter Box from Crafted By The Hunts

Wood planter box on front porch with blue front doof

Bring some much need warmth to your front porch with this easy DIY wood planter box. Made with pine boards, just pop in a plastic pot and add your plants!


31. Simple Louvered Planter Box from Woodshop Diaries

2 DIY wood planter boxes in porch with mums in them

Using cedar for outdoor wood planter boxes is a great idea as it will stand up to the elements. These louvered planter boxes make a great addition to any outdoor space!

32. DIY Planter Box for Cheap from Lovely Etc.

DIY wood planter box with plants

I love the tapered sides of this planter box and the gray weathered finish makes it unique!

33. Cedar Fence Board Planter Box from Sustain My Craft Habit

wood planter box with evergreen limbs

This planter uses cedar fence boards and a 2×2 post to get the simple elegant look that is perfect for your outdoor spaces.

34. DIY Chair Planter from Charleston Crafted

pink wooden planter shaped like a chair

How fun is this pink wooden chair planter?! You could customize the words to say anything you want.

35. Outdoor Bench with Raised Planters from Lazy Guy DIY

outdoor bench with raised wooden planer boxes attached to the ends

Easily join two wooden planter boxes with a bench in between for a great place to relax after a long day!

36. Slatted Scrap Wood Planter from The Awesome Orange

two tall wood planters made from scrap wood one stained black one natural

These amazing slatted planter boxes were made from scrap wood. This easy beginner build is a great way to use up that pile of scrap wood!

37. Pallet Wood Planter from Unique Creations By Anita

4 tiered wood planter box with diamond accents

Pallet wood projects are still very trendy. This tiered planter with diamond accents is so cute and looks great anywhere!

38. Vertical Planter from Making Joy and Pretty Things

vertical wooden planter box system hanging on the outside of the house

Planter boxes don’t just have to sit on the ground. Take them vertically and hang them outside with shelves to add extra potted plants.

39. Space Saving Vertical Planters from Simple nature Decor Blog

DIY wood planters stacked together

When outdoor space is at a premium, stack your planters like these vertical stacking planter boxes. They are great for seasonal flowers or herbs and vegetables.


40. DIY Planter with Hose Storage from DIY Huntress

tapered wood planter boxes with garden hose storage in the bottom

Garden hose reels can be so ugly. Hide it away inside your planter with this great DIY wooden planter. You can stain them to get this color or use the shou sugi ban method so that they require no maintenance.

41. Simple Planter from Scrap Wood by Unique Creations By Anita

stacked planter made from scrap wood

Build this pretty Asian-inspired planter from scrap wood.

42. Vertical Planter Box with Watering System from Houseful of Handmade

vertical six row planter with herbs planted in it

This cedar vertical planter box has multiple levels and has its own watering system taking water your plants off your to-do list.

43. Vertical Garden Wall Planter from The Handyman’s Daughter

Slatted wooden wall with wood planter boxes attached

This free standing vertical planter box wall would be great to add privacy to your outdoor space.

44. Large Scrap Wood Planter Box from Toolbox Divas

large wood planter box with greenery next to outdoor space

Dress up your outdoor privacy wall with this large DIY planter. It’s easy to make and will use up that scrap woodpile!

45. DIY Railing Planters from The Handyman’s Daughter

wood planter box attached to deck railing

Simple planter boxes like these are an easy beginner build and will add a great look to your deck railing!

46. Easy DIY Wood Vase from Anika’s DIY Life

Learn how to make easy wood vases or planters using inexpensive fence pickets to add to your home, give as a gift or wedding or baby shower centerpiece.

Made from redwood pickets, these wood vases are the easiest DIY project you can make! You can customize them with designs to suit your decor and style. Use them inside or outside. They also make great gifts!

Full tutorial here.


Aren’t all of these amazing? Are you inspired yet?

Which is your favorite one?

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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"

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  1. I now need to make a ton of planters – these are so great!!!

  2. These collections are great! I specifically love the tiered planters and the pot table combo planter which are perfect for outdoors. Having a hanging garden like than on a fence is cool too.
    It’ll be fun for beginners in woodworking to build these kinds of ideas, simple yet awesome.

  3. Love this collection! All the ideas are great. It is a good thing that you provided planter box in different sizes for different plants. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more.

  4. William Wood says:

    How can u download plans ?

    1. Anika Gandhi says:

      Click on the project you like and go to the project page. The plans/tutorial will be there.

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