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Super-Simple Cedar Planter Box Using Fence Pickets


DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box

Spring is in full swing where I live and I am dying to work on planting a garden. I promised Matt I would do a better job of taking care of the garden this year with my black thumb of death and all! So to keep up with my end of the bargain, I built a planter box that we can use. The DIY furniture plans to build a cedar fence picket planter box is really cheap and easy – cedar fence pickets, a treated 2×2, hardware cloth and weed barrier are all you need to create this simple box!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Front View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Angled View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Featured Weed Barrier View

Materials:

  • 1-1/2″ brad nails
  • 1/2″ staples
  • 1/4″ Hardware cloth
  • Weed barrier fabric
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
  • Stencil with a small sponge roller, optional

Tools Needed:

  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Pneumatic Brad Nailer with Compressor
  • Pneumatic Stapler
  • Metal Snips

Lumber:

  • 4 – Cedar Fence Pickets
  • 1 – Pressure Treated 2×2 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 21″ – Legs
  • 6 – Fence pickets at 15″ – Sides
  • 6 – Fence pickets at 24″ – Front & Back
  • Hardware cloth cut large enough to make a tray to fit inside the planter

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs, sides, front and back. Secure the sides to the legs using glue and 1-1/2″ brad nails. I positioned the first side piece so it was flush with the top of the legs, then secured the remaining two pieces underneath.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Cut Pieces

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Secure Sides to Legs

Step Two

Secure the front and back pieces to the legs overlapping the side edges of the side pieces.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Secure Front & Back

Step Three

Cut a piece of hardware cloth approximately 2″ larger (on each side) than the box. Fold over each edge of the hardware cloth approximately 1″. Cut a square out of each corner so that the cloth will fit around the legs on the inside. Fold each side of the hardware cloth up to create a sort of basket to fit inside the planter. Secure the “basket” to the inside of the planter using 1/2″ staples. In my planter, I positioned the basket so the bottom was flush with the bottom of the second board because I didn’t want the planter to be too deep.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Hardware Cloth Basket

Step Four

Cut a piece of weed barrier to fit the inside of the planter, and secure in place with 1/2″ staples. The weed barrier will keep the soil from falling through the hardware cloth while letting water drain through. Straw or moss can also be used. I covered the entire inside of my planter with the weed barrier.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Weed Barrier View

I left the planter unfinished (because I want the cedar to “age”) and added a large, stenciled flower to the front.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Front View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Cedar Fence Picket Planter Box - Angled View

This planter would be easy to customize… I plan on making another planter but this time using full length pickets (with the dog-eared portion cut off) so that I can plant a variety of herbs! I may move the smaller box to a shady spot and use it to grow lettuce. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a cedar fence picket planter box? Leave a comment below!

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