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This DIY Raised Small Planter Is a Gardener’s Dream

Wooden planter and plant stand on patio table
Courtney Ryall

Patio season is upon us and what better way to get ready to enjoy the outdoors than to create your very own DIY outdoor plant stand and planter? With just a few basic materials you’ll be adding your unique style to your outdoor sanctuary in just a couple of hours. Let’s get started, shall we? 

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Related: This Easy DIY Plant Stand Will Elevate Your Greenery

Materials Required:

  • 1x6x8 Cedar or Pressure treated fence board
  • 1x2x8 Pine board
  • 1” Brad nails
  • 1.25” Brad nails
  • 2” Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Mitre Saw
  • Brad nail gun
  • Drill
  • Black outdoor paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper

DIY outdoor planter and plant stand materials
Courtney Ryall

Cut List:

Planter (6″ Deck Board):

  • (3x) 18″ 
  • (2x) 4 6/8″

Plant Stand (1×2 Pine Board):

  • (2x) 13″
  • (2x) 10″
  • (4x) 3.5″

Step 1: Cut Your Boards

Grab the tape measure and pencil, and measure and cut your boards according to the cut list. If the edges are a little rough you can go over them lightly with a few swipes of sandpaper.

Wood glue next to a wooden board
Courtney Ryall

Step 2: Planter Assembly

Grab your cut fence boards and start by attaching the long sides of the planter to the bottom piece. Apply a generous amount of wood glue along the edges of the bottom piece where it will meet the long sides. Then, carefully position the long sides and secure them in place using 1″ brad nails. Make sure everything is aligned properly before nailing.

Related: Transform Your Outdoor Space With This Vertical DIY Using Paint and Stain 

Once the long sides are attached, slide in the shorter end pieces between them. Apply wood glue along the edges of the shorter end pieces and the adjoining long sides. Next, secure them in place with 1″ brad nails. This will complete the frame of your planter, creating a sturdy and snug fit. Double-check all the joins are secure and the planter is solid.   

Finally, using a half-inch drill bit, drill a few holes in the bottom of the planter for drainage.

DIY outdoor planter an plant stand drainage holes
Courtney Ryall
Plant Stand Assembly
Courtney Ryall


Step 3: Plant Stand Assembly

Now, let’s tackle the DIY outdoor plant stand. Using one of the 10” pieces, and two of the 3.5” pieces, arrange them to create an upside-down U-shape. Secure these in place using wood glue and 2” screws, making sure to pre-drill some holes to avoid splitting your wood. Repeat so that you have two identical U-shaped pieces.

Plant Stand Assembly
Courtney Ryall

Next, attach the two U-shaped pieces using the 13” pieces. Secure using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails.

Plant Stand Assembly
Courtney Ryall

Step 4: Finishing Touches

Smooth any rough edges with some fine-grit sandpaper to give everything a nice finish. Wipe off any sawdust with a clean cloth.

For some contrast and to protect the pine plant stand, apply two coats of black outdoor paint to the entire stand.

Related: Easy Shade-Loving Plants to Grow in Your Yard

Plant stand on backyard patio
Courtney Ryall

Step 5: Plant Your Heart Out

Now comes the fun part: get some potting soil and fill up that planter. Plant your favourite flowers, herbs, or plants and watch them grow! Pop the planter in your stand and display it in your outdoor space. Creating your own outdoor plant stand and planter is a super quick project that adds a personal touch to your garden or patio

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