If you saw my last “On a Personal Note” blog post this picture probably looks familiar. We redid our backyard last month and finally finished off the last area which is pictured above. I wanted to create a little garden area with pots and above ground flower beds. The rest of the yard is full of grass and my daughter’s play area and I wanted some flowers. This seems to be the only way to add more plants to our backyard. I absolutely love how it turned out and I spend almost every afternoon out there now watering my flowers.
We didn’t want to spend too much on this but at the same time we wanted it to look a specific way. The pots were probably the most expensive purchase. I bought most of them at Garden Ridge. The plants were bought from Home Depot, Lowes and The Plant Shed. Most of them are annuals so they didn’t cost that much either. The wood flower beds and the wood pot holders my husband made. In this post, I will tell you how he made those planter boxes for under $20.
Above Ground Planter Boxes Tutorial
Materials Needed to make a 2′ x 2′ planter box:
- 2′ x 6′ x 12′ Cedar Board (we paid $15 for 1 board at Home Depot)
- 3-1/2 in. Screws
Cut out 4 – 2′ pieces from the board.
Lay them out in a square to where each corner overlaps.
Screw the boards together on each corner. 2 screws (1 up and 1 down)
Pretty simple, huh?
Depending on where you will be laying the planter box, you can also line the bottom with wet newspapers or lay landscaping fabric on the bottom and staple to the sides.
If you would like a taller planter box, you can use a 2′ x 8′ or you can even stack the boards 2 high using brackets.
For the wood pot holders that my cupcake pots are sitting in my husband took a 4′ piece of cedar added 2 inch cuts of the same cedar board to the bottom on each side for the legs. He then took his router and routed out a circle the same size as the bottom of the cupcake pots about 1/2″ deep. He also drilled a couple of large holes in the bottom to allow for water drainage. It looks a lot better than the pots sitting on the ground and it creates a great walkway into the garden area.
Hope you liked the tutorial and I would love to see pictures of your garden! Feel free to share your pictures on my Facebook page.