Sometimes I get bitten by an unexpected building bug where I MUST BUILD SOMETHING RIGHT THIS SECOND FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER. One would assume I have a lot of free time on my hands, right? Nope. But today, I threw caution to the wind and said “eff you, DIY project deadlines, I must build a pair of tapered cedar planters rightthisverysecond even though I have absolutely no need for a pair of tapered cedar planters!”
A few months ago, my friend Ana White posted this photo by MakeYourselfHome on her Facebook page and I haven’t been able to get those gorgeous planters out of my head ever since! It’s a variation of Bower Power Blog’s $20 Tall Planters.
So instead of completing any of the projects on my ever-growing and time-sensitive list, I built two of these sexy beasts:
It’s a good thing they didn’t take long to build. My kids went down for a nap, I got busy, and had a pair of new planters by the time they woke up. I love naptime, don’t you? I just like to build things, you guys – I almost forgot to take progress pics too, because I was having too much fun building for no particular reason at all. Sometimes, you just gotta do it for you. Amiright?
This is a super simple and inexpensive project. I was browsing around The Home Depot (a daily occurrence for me) and discovered that a 1×6 8-foot cedar board cost almost $20. That’s for one board, you guys. For reals. Ridonk. I literally said out loud: “that is insane” then texted my friend Jaime in disbelief. After I recovered from sticker shock, I made a beeline over to the cedar fence pickets to pick up 8 pickets at $2.55 a piece. Now thaaaaat’s more like it, thank you very much.
The cost to build two of these babies was about $20! And if you’re a little math-challenged, it’ll cost about $10 to build one planter. You’re welcome.
First, I cut all my pieces, cutting the ends at a 5º angle:
Then to construct two of the panels, I took some scrap wood and glued and stapled it to the boards like so:
Then I attached the other two sides with wood glue and brad nails to form a box. I chose to use staples on the inside and brad nails on the outside, just because I feel as though staples are more secure, yet brad nails are less visually intrusive. Although cedar is naturally resistant to decay and thus better-suited for exterior use, I sprayed a couple coats of matte polyurethane to protect it from the outdoor elements.
I bought a couple of 15″ square plastic planter pots to drop into these planters. I thought about adding some supports on the inside of the planter to support the pot, but because of its tapered design, the plastic pot can only slide in so far. I may add some supports later on, if it ever becomes an issue, but for now I’ll just go on living my life.
Update: After about a day, the plastic pots were beginning to sit cock-eyed in the planters, so I used a few scrap 2x4s and attached them to the inside of the planter with wood glue and nails. These supports will help the pots sit level inside the planters. Just keepin’ it real, folks.
What do you think? Not too shabby for $20 and a couple of hours, right? How about you? Do you ever get bitten by the building bug then build something completely random?
Thanks for stopping by, friends! If you’d like to build this planter for yourself, download the free plans above! Oh, and PIN IT so you don’t forget it!
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Definitely gives me the itch to build a couple of these. A variation I might do is leave some room around side of planter, close off bottom partially but leave drainage area for watering. I’d fill the top around the planter with river rock accent. More of these I show my wife, more trips to hardware store for me lol.
Just finished 6 of these…they look great lining my driveway. Great plan and got them done in an afternoon.
Jeannette a smothers says
What is the picket idea?
Do you sand the cedar pickets? Yours looks so smooth. I got mine at Home Depot and they are ALL rough.
Monica Elchlepp says
Fantastic! Thanks for the picket suggestion! I would have never considered it. That will be my go-to for many cedar projects from now on!
Great projects Jen! Thanks a million!
Kim Sae-Eua says
Made! love them! Thanks so much for this easy design…totally my kind of project!