How To Build Easy Flower Box Planters

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This project was a blast! I think they turned out well. I built these for my mother as a mother’s day gift one summer during college, and she was thrilled to have a nice place to plant and care for flowers on her front porch, where she didn’t have to bend over or get down on the ground to maintain them. Success!

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First I gathered materials and bought four plastic inserts for the boxes that would be water tight/proof and sit inside of the boxes and hold dirt. I didn’t want to try to make these 100% out of wood and have a bunch of dirt leaking out onto the porch.

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I made sure things were square and that the inserts could sit nicely inside the box and be supported by two 2×4’s from below, as well as by the lip around the top edge of the box.
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I added a 1×2 lip around the top of the box for a more attractive finish, and to get a closer fit with the inserts so they didn’t move around.

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I tested a few colors of stain on cut off pieces before choosing one I liked!

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Speaking of cutoff pieces, I actually had so much left over, I thought I’d make a bench out of the scraps. It’s not the best bench in the world, but it’s a good surface for tools and a good place to rest for a minute when you’re doing yard work.

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Applying the stain was one of the more time consuming parts of this project due to how much surface area there is on these boxes, but I knew they would be in contact with dirt, water, and sun for years and years so I put 2-3 coats of stain on so these would last a long time. I’m glad I did!

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Now my parents and their neighbors can enjoy looking at these and the flowers they hold for years to come. Good luck building yours!

Ryan Turek

Just a guy aspiring to become a fine woodworker

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