Build this DIY easy wood planter for $20

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Here in the midwest we have been seeing warmer temperatures, consistently.  Hello Spring!  This also means there are plants and flowers EVERYWHERE!  I mean, when Target busts out their garden and patio stuff, you can’t just walk past it.

With plants and flowers on my mind, I couldn’t help but think about the poor tree that has lived on our porch for years.  Friends, it died this winter.  I don’t know how it happened, but it did.  That was THE ONLY THING I could keep alive.

I always have good intentions every Spring to buy a bunch of flowers, plant them and make our porch and deck look pretty. But let’s be honest here, I don’t water them and sometimes I even forget they are there.

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This year, I decided to buy some ferns.  I read they are low maintenance, is this true?

Besides that, when I searched Pinterest for some Spring projects, I saw a lot of ferns.  So I went with it.

What better way to bring in the warmer weather than with a beautiful wood planter (for these plants that I will TRY to keep alive this year). And friends, I built this entire planter for $20. And do you want to know the best part? It was super simple.  I would rate this build a beginner level.

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Don't have time to build this now? That's ok - PIN it now and save it for later!

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Materials:
5  1x4 Whitewood boards
4 1x3 Whitewood boards
5 1x2 Whitewood boards
Scrap wood (or another 1x2)

Tools:
Miter saw
Nail gun
Wood glue
Kreg jig
1 ½’ pocket hole screws

STEP ONE Cut all boards to size.

16 1x4 - 16 inches 8 1x3 - 14 inches 8 1x2 - 24 inches

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STEP TWO Make the planter side panels.

Glue the 4 1x4s together and nail the 1x3 on the top and bottom.

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I nailed the 1x3 on the front and back for extra support.

STEP THREE Nail the legs together.

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Once the 1x2s are cut in half, nail the two pieces together to create each leg (4 legs total).

STEP FOUR Drill pocket holes in the side panels.

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I drilled two holes on each side of the panels.

STEP FIVE Attach the side panels to the legs.

Use pocket hole screws to attach the side panels to the legs.  I made everything flat on the top, but you could screw the side panels in at whatever height you prefer.

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STEP SIX Create 2 cleats and a ‘shelf’ for the plant.

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I used scrap wood (you could also use a 1x2) to create 2 cleats.  I then cut a few more pieces to create a ‘shelf’ for the plant to sit on and used the nail gun to attach these pieces. 

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STEP SEVEN (Optional) Cut 4 pieces of 1x2 to size to trim the top of the planter.

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STEP EIGHT Stain and finish.

Stain the wood however you’d like, then finish it with an outdoor finish.  

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And that’s it!  My porch will no longer have a dead tree, but rather a beautiful planter! I’m thinking about making more!

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