$10 DIY Tiered Planter Box

Learn how to make an easy DIY tiered planter box with only $10 in lumber and in under 2 hours. It’s a great beginner project!

DIY Tiered planter filled with flowers on front porch with text overlay


Sometimes, you need a really quick project to liven up your front porch. Or maybe you want to create a little herb garden on your patio, backyard, or balcony.

This simple tiered planter is perfect for it! It only cost $10 in material and took about 45 minutes to make! It is perfect for a beginner. How awesome is that?!

Close up of DIY tiered planter filled with pink flowers

This project is perfect for a beginner and works really well in any outdoor space – big or small. And it looks so pretty, filled up with fresh spring flowers! 

Lumber Used for the Planter

This planter uses cedar boards for the wooden planter boxes. Cedar planks work really well for planters.

In fact, I used cedar picket fences and cut off their dog ears to make boards to use. We don’t get a lot of cedar here in Southern California, so this was the option.

Plus, it is really quite budget-friendly!

The legs are made using 2×2 furring strips, which are also inexpensive.

Tools Needed to Build the Planter

This is a 2-3 tool project!

You need a way to cut the boards – a miter or circular saw. And a way to assemble everything. I used:

  • A nail gun to put together the boxes (you can also use a hammer and nails or screws)
  • Screws to attach the legs.

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$10 DIY Tiered Planter plans

The planter is 45″ wide and 16″ tall. Get the printable plans by clicking the button below.

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Building a Tiered Planter

Here is the video tutorial. I also have the steps listed below if you would rather read about it.


Here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to build this easy planter.

Step 1 – Make the Cuts

  • Start by cutting up the cedar fence for the planter boxes per the planter box plans.
  • Also, cut the 2×2 boards for the legs.

To make these cuts, you can use a miter saw, circular saw, or even a jigsaw. If you are using a circular saw or jigsaw, be sure to use a straight line guide to get straight cuts. A speed square works well for this.

  • Sand all the boards till they are smooth.

👉 Sanding before assembly makes it much easier to get the best finish.

Cedar fence cut up for box of tiered planter box

Step 2 – Build the Boxes

  • Build the three planter boxes using wood glue and finish nails. 

If you don’t have a nail gun, you can use exterior-grade screws or a hammer and nails. If using screws, be sure to pre-drill to avoid splitting the wood.

Wooden planter boxes for the tiered planter.

Step 3 – Attach the legs

  • Attach legs to the boxes using wood glue and wood screws. They are screwed from the inside of the boxes. 

The first level is attached as shown below –

  • The first set of legs is flush with the top of the box.
  • The second set higher than the edge.
first box of planter with legs attached.
  • The second set of legs is attached flush to the top of the second box
  • The third set of legs is higher than the edge of the box.
Second planter box with legs attached.
  • The top of the final box is flush with the last two sets of legs.
Completed three tier planter box

That’s it!

The DIY tiered planter is ready!

Step 4 – Final Finish

Before filling it with your favorite flowers or herbs, you want to go a couple of quick things.

  • Apply a waterproof silicone-based caulk to the inside creases of the planter to keep the water from seeping into the crevices.
  • Once the caulk is dry, apply a danish oil finish or oil-based urethane wood stain to the exterior of the planter.
  • Drill a few drainage holes on the bottom of the planter.
  • If you like, you can also staple landscape fabric to the insides of the planter boxes.

Fill it up with potting mix, your favorite flowers or herbs, and enjoy!

More Ways to Customize

Over the years, I have seen many readers build this project and modify these raised planter boxes to make it work for them. Some ideas include:

  • Adding or reducing the number of tiers.
  • Making the right and left back legs longer to attach a trellis to allow for plants or vegetables needing support.
  • Cutting down the legs and mounting it up on the wall!
View of the $10 Tiered planter filled with flowers!


DIY Planter Box Plans

As usual, I have free plans for you! Click on the button below to grab them!

Reader Projects

If you build this project, I would love to see it! Email me at hello@anikasdiylife.com or tag me on Instagram @anikasdiylife. I can’t wait to see it!

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  1. These are awesome Anika!! And nice video! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Mindi!

  2. I love this! So cute and springy! Thanks for sharing for IDIYedThat!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Leigh

  3. This planter is beyond gorgeous! I’m making one for our back porch, I think it will be perfect to soften the edge of the deck and give a little privacy too! Love it so much girlfriend!

  4. I love this little unit! It would make fun storage for a play room or kids room too! So cute!

  5. Melissa Storms says:

    This would be a perfect project to get through these terribly cold winter days. It definitely looks easy enough for a beginner like me. Thank you for the plans and instructions!

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