Cool Seed Starter Planter Box

Seed Starter Planter Box

It’s that time of year when fall garden plans begin and in a few weeks planting in my new seed starter box will be next.

Since we live tiny there was no way I wanted to start seeds indoors or even on tables outside so an idea sparked and Robert surprised me one afternoon and built it.

It’s been so nice to have his help, working together is nice.

Find the DIY instructions for these box in our shop right here.

These boxes can be used to start seeds outdoors any time of year and can also be stacked taller if you decide not to transplant seedlings in a larger setting.

DIY Seed Starter Box

First Build the Seed Starter Box

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Supplies to Finish this Project

The supply list is pretty simple and we’re using my favorite paint from Dixie Belle.  So why do I love this paint so much?

It dries really fast and there is literally no prep work needed to get moving forward fast.

Since this project will be outdoors I recommend using their clear coat finish to extend the life of your design, get more details here.

  • Sand Paper
  • Paint Colors for Planter base – Sand Bar/8 oz.
  • Paint color for stencil and lid – Their newest addition > Coffee Bean/8 oz
  • Dixie Belle clear coat flat
  • Stencil from Studio 12
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint brush and stencil brush

Painted the Box with Sand Bar

Paint the Box Base First

Apply two coats of sand bar painting towards the grain of the wood around the exterior and top edges. Dixie Belle paint is all natural and contains no VOC, so if you want to paint the interior that would be a personal choice.

If you apply a nice thin layer the first time the box should dry within 10 minutes and then you can apply a more generous second coat and let the box dry outside.

It will be ready to stencil in about 20 minutes. 

Stencil with Coffee Bean From Dixie Belle Paint

Transferring the Stencil

This cute stencil came from Studio 12, I love the two little birds sitting on the vine it just seemed fitting for our lifestyle here in the country.  The color coffee bean was used to add this fun detail and you can see that I just added pieces of the vine around the entire box frame.

Get my How to stencil techniques here and remember less paint on the brush is the key to a successful transfer.

Stencil Transfer was clean and simple

Stencil Transfer Complete

Once the stencil transfer was complete I set the box aside so I could get started on the lid.  Add just a little bit of detail because we don’t want to over power the planter box.

Painted the Lid exterior Edge

We are Loving Coffee Bean

With the lid I brushed on a gracious layer of coffee bean around the exterior frame leaving the top natural because I thought it looked neat. The interior lid was also left natural.

Once finished I let both pieces dry outdoors and about 4 hours later a clear coat for protection.

Seed Starter Box perfect for germinating

Place and Fill with Dirt

The box was placed near our walk path, a space where morning sun is present until around noon. First, I leveled the ground with dirt and then I filled the box interior with a combination of natural elements and dirt.

The filler will settle for about a week prior to planting.

Seed Starter Planter Box

I’m super excited about this cool seed starter planter box, keeping the mess outdoors just makes sense!

If you want a fall or spring garden this is the quickest and cutest way to move forward and we can help you do that.

Building instructions for these planter boxes can be purchased in our shop.

Begin Gardening Fall or Spring planting with this cool Seed Starter Planter Box


  1. daisy says:

    Another great project!

  2. Karen says:

    Getting ready for the fall growing season always sneaks up on me. It never seems like it’s time because the weather is still so hot, then before I realize it, it’s too late to start seeds. I LOVE this planter box – such a unique and enjoyable way to start things off. And I love how easily it is to paint and stencil to match any theme or personal color preference. Now I’m getting all excited about making fall gardening plans.

    1. Carole says:

      Good Morning Karen – That’s how I felt about spring planting this year. I was so busy with getting new beds in this spring that by the time it came to planting I ran out of steam. So I left several areas open for Fall planting. I’m excited about this box though because I placed it along that walk path I’ve been working on and plan to add a couple more. Happy Monday!

  3. Patti says:

    Wow. What a great idea. I love that you made it look like a piece of art in the garden. I need to make one of these for the spring. It would make a great cold frame too. Pinning!!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti and yes I plan to use it in the spring as a cold frame too. Which means we’ll be building a few more. Thanks for pinning and the plans are in the store under garden printables.

  4. You’ve got me thinking about stenciling again. I enjoyed it so much. When I get back to my desktop I’ll have to check out your other links.

    1. Carole says:

      It is a lot of fun -I find stenciling a great way to kick back and relax.

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