DIY Fence Board Planter Box

Get DIY plans for building a planter box using a cedar fence board.

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DIY Fence Board Planter Box

With Spring right around the corner it’s the perfect time to clean up the yard and make the home front more inviting.

This takes me to the planter box, I love them, don’t you?

I was recently looking at planters in retail land and couldn’t believe the price.

They were pretty but after diving into the construction I realized there wasn’t that much involved and thought why not come up with something a little different that’s easy to build?

So that’s what I did!

This box was made from a fence board; has become my new favorite.

I’ve already made several and the design can be adjusted to different sizes making them cohesive and fun to display around the yard.

Today I’m sharing the building instructions and later this week I’ll continue with finishing touches and planting.

Cutting the end Pieces for the Planter Box

Planter Box Supplies and Materials

You’ll need a saw for this project, if you don’t have a table, chop or skill saw then a hand one would work but it may take a little muscle to complete.

I used our chop saw so the instructions reflect that tool and supplies can be purchase at any home improvement store.

  • One 6 ft. cedar fence board
  • Finishing nails, hammer and saw
  • Drill for Pilot holes
  • Sand paper or electric sander is faster
  • Measuring tape and marker

Planter Box Measurements

  • 3 straight cuts at 17 in.
  • 2 straight cuts at 7 in.
  • Take the two 7 in. pieces and cut slants on the top corners, one end should already be shaped from the board, use it as a template.
  • Measure those same ends again towards the bottom and draw points at 2 in. and 4 in. then draw slanted lines upwards.
  • Use the tape measure to make sure these lines are parallel before cutting.
  • Then cut each side changing the saw angle to 18.

Begin by connecting the ends with finishing nails

Sand Everything

At this point make sure each board is sanded until smooth.

Sand with the grain of the wood and don’t forget to continue over the edges.

This step will be important when it comes time to paint or stain and finish the project before planting.

Connecting the Planter Box

Begin with Connecting Walls

Whenever I’m building pilot holes are necessary because they keep the wood from splitting especially when cedar is involved.

This time around I skipped a few because it was easier when attaching at an angle.  Just remember if you skip drilling pilot holes to hammer slowly and in the same direction.

Attach one wall at a time to each end piece and repeat to the opposite side.


Adding the bottom of the planter box to complete

Connecting the Bottom

  • Turn the box upside down, line up the bottom piece so the end is even.
  • Attached with finishing nails on each side.
  • Do not hammer the ends where there is a gap, this is where the water will seep through.
  • If you think you’ll need additional drainage holes then add more to the bottom of the planter with the drill.

There you go, a very simple build that’s easy to duplicate again and again.

This planter box is ready for the next step, which is adding finishing touches; the possibilities are endless!

Later this week I’ll show how to finish the box with paint and letter stencils.  Then we’ll finish with planting some easy to grow bloomers.

DIY Fence Board Planter Box Complete



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  1. Cheryl says:

    You make it all look so easy!! LOL! This is just beautiful!

  2. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    Your woodworking projects are always so beautiful, and I love that you make it seems so easy to build. This wood planter box would look perfect in so many places. I even think you could use it indoors if you wanted. Flowers that spill over the edge would be my preference but I could also see it with spring greens for fresh salad everyday.

    1. Carole says:

      I’m thrilled about this project because it’s so simple but it makes a statement. I was thinking about making a salad garden one, maybe a little longer. If you bring it indoors you would have to put a liner inside before planting because of the angle you have to plant directly inside. Great ideas; thanks for sharing. It’s raining here today so I think I may go to the shed and build a few more.

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