Small House Planters with a Matching Tray

DIY Plans to Build Easy to Make House Shaped Planters with Tray

The DIY plans to build small house planters with a matching tray are based on a set I saw at at a retail store (I can’t remember which one) except that the planters are ceramic. The planters (for faux plants only) in this plan are constructed out of 1/4″ plywood and the tray is constructed using 3/4″ plywood. I used walnut plywood for the planters and regular birch plywood for the tray plus I chose to use the center planter as a pen and pencil holder…

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray

Materials:

  • Rapid Fuse (a quick-drying wood adhesive) (<– affiliate link!)
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing Supplies

Lumber:

  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 6 – 1/4″ plywood at 4″ x 5″ – Planter Front & Back x 3
  • 6 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 2-1/2″ – Planter Sides x 3
  • 3 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 2-5/8″ – Planter Bottom x 3
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/4″ x 14″ – Tray Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2″ x 4-1/4″ – Tray Ends
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 4-1/4″ x 14″- Tray Sides

  DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Overall Dimensions

Notes About the Project:

The edges of the tray bottom piece, as well as the bottom edges of the tray ends and sides are beveled so that the only exposed edge of the plywood is along the top of the tray. In my example, the tray is painted white while the planters are sealed with a clear polyurethane so that the walnut veneer shows through.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_House Dimension

Step One

Cut the pieces for the planter front and back. The angles to form the peak of the roof can be cut by stacking all six of the pieces, securing them together, then cutting with a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Front

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the planter sides and bottom. Using the Rapid Fuse (or another quick-drying wood adhesive), glue the sides to the bottom making sure the edges are flush.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Sides & Bottom

Glue the front and back pieces to the sides and bottom. All edges should align and be flush.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Front & Back

Finish the planters as desired.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_House

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the tray. Cut a bevel in all four edges of the bottom with a table saw, miter saw or if you are a super-ninja, a jigsaw.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Tray Bottom Cut

 

Cut a bevel in the lower edge of the ends and sides, as well as at each corner where these pieces meet. Assemble the tray using the Rapid Fuse (or another quick-drying wood adhesive).

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Tray Sides & Ends

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Tray Bottom

Finish the tray as desired.

 DIY Build Small House Planters with a Matching Tray_Completed

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