Last year I built some cedar planters to add some color and curb appeal to the front of our house. I first published this post on The Weathered Fox, but I made a few changes to my cedar planter design to make it even better! I’m going to show you how I made this pair of cedar planters using rough cut lumber. If you are looking to make your own planters, you can easily adapt this design to make any shape or size of planter!
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Tools and Supplies
My husband Tony works for a Hydro company, and one of the perks is that he occasionally gets to take home used hydro poles. And did you know that hydro poles are made of red cedar? Tony also knows someone who has a saw mill and we got a stack of poles milled into rough cut cedar planks. I thought it would be perfect to use these cedar planks to make two large outdoor cedar planters.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have hydro poles lying around, you can buy cedar from a lumber store. You can build this planter with any type of wood, but the nice part about cedar is that you don’t have to finish it. It’s naturally weather resistant, and has such a wonderful smell.
These are the supplies you will need to make two planters the same dimension as mine (18″ by 18″ by 26″ tall). If you want a different size planter, you’ll have to adjust your material list accordingly. I’ve provided links to some great tool options, but there are many different options depending on your budget.
- 3 pieces of 12 foot long cedar plank (7″ to 9″ wide)
- ~14 feet of 3.5″ wide cedar board (for the top)
- ~18 feet of 2″ x 2″ cedar (corner posts)
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Palm sander
- 100 grit sandpaper
- Pocket hole jig
- Cordless drill
- Deck screws
- Outdoor wood glue
Step 1: Prepare Cedar Boards
Step 2: Cut Planter Pieces
Step 3: Sand All Pieces
Step 4: Assemble the Planter Sides
Step 5: Finish The Top
Step 6: Add a false bottom and add soil and flowers
This is the change that I added this year to make my cedar planters even better. Last year I just put a plastic flower pot inside, and my plants did not do very well. They dried out too quickly because they weren’t getting enough water (I tend to forget to water them). This year I added a false bottom about 10 inches from the top of the planter, then filled it right up to the top with soil. Then I planted my flowers. They are doing so well this year! I pulled the planters slightly away from the wall so they are catching more rain water, and water them occasionally if they get too dry.
This first picture is from this year, and the rest are from last year. The planters have weathered over the winter, but I still think they look great.
The nice part about this cedar planter is you can make it any dimension you want depending on where you want to use them. I wanted two substantial looking planters for in front of our garage, so these dimensions worked great for me.