October 3, 2023


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Vive la France! Construct a Tall Wood Planter

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Make your individual DIY Tall Wood Planter with these easy to comply with constructing plans. A pair of tall wood planters will look nice and add curb enchantment round your entrance door or storage, and it prices a lot much less to construct it your self!

Add extra curb enchantment by constructing a trellis planter, cedar monogram letter planter, or straightforward DIY customized window containers.

How to Build a Tall Wooden Planter with metal screw accents

Bonjour mes amis! As a DIY blogger, I am consistently on the lookout for inspiration for my subsequent undertaking. Final yr I created this amazing planter primarily based upon some that I noticed at Versailles. I liked them after I noticed them and I’ve liked having mine personal pair right here at house.  

The hubs truly commented at present how properly they’ve held up (we had one of many hottest summers final yr and one of many wettest springs this yr so it’s needed to cope with the worst of the worst for a wooden product). Once I left for our trip in June, I knew I needed to seek out one thing superior to construct for Cass and her Remodelaholic crew. Our first cease was in Paris and whereas heading to certainly one of my favourite cafes, I noticed this:

Build this tall wooden planter for $50 or less, inspired by a luxe French hotel! These would be great for the entry.
Gorgeous tall wooden planter with metal screw head accents. 3 feet tall! Build it for $50, and of course I need 2...

Isn’t it superior!!!!???!! This magnificence is big, this tall wooden planters is towering at 3 ft tall! It actually made an announcement on the entrance of the uber-luxe lodge and I knew immediately this might be the proper undertaking for Cass! However, how do you make a tall wood planter? Nicely I’m right here with the plans for what I’m calling the Vive la France Planter!

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Learn how to Construct a Tall Wood Planter Tutorial


Approximate value: $50

* Notice: As typical, I’ve constructed my planner with excessive finish wooden to make sure they may final, have good sturdiness, and never rot out quick. The price of simply the pickets and furring strips is $20.  This could be a superb undertaking for scrap wooden cuts when you occur to have an honest quantity of reduce offs.

You need to use a thinner/inexpensive piece of wooden on high or make the highest out of furring strips which were glued collectively and save between $10 – $20 off of the undertaking. 

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  • (20) 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 18″ cedar pickets
  • (20) 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 13.75″ cedar pickets
  • (4) 1″ x 2″ x 35″ furring strips
  • (6) 1″ x 2″ x 16.25″ furring strips
  • (11) 1″ x 2″ x 13.75″ furring strips
  • (1) 3/4″ x 18″ x 15.25″ purple oak plywood panel

Constructing Directions

Step 1: Drill pocket holes

Drill pocket holes at each ends of every 1″ x 2″ furring strips (each the 16.25″ and 13.75″ size items).

Step 2: Construct aspect body of planter

Connect (1) 1″ x 2″ x 16.25″ items to the underside of (2) 1″ x 2″ x 35″ furring strips utilizing 1 1/4″ pocket screws. Repeat on different aspect.

Base beginning

Step 3: Be part of the 2 sides collectively

Connect (1) 1″ x 2″ x 13.75″ items to the underside of (4) 1″ x 2″ x 35″ furring strips utilizing 1 1/4″ pocket screws. This may create the muse of the planter.

**If it is advisable weight this planter right down to keep away from it being blown or knocked over, add a couple of extra furring strips to the bottom to carry that future weight.

Observe the directions under of the planter shelf on this backside basis. See the Q and A under for concepts of easy methods to put the planter along with a weight on the backside and what to make use of to weigh it down.

Rest of base

Step 4: Body the Pot Shelf

Repeat the method above at both 8″ (for 1 gallon pots) or 12″ (for 3 or 5 gallon pots) from the highest of the 35″ furring strips. This may create the body for the plant help.


Step 5: Connect Furring Strip Shelf

Utilizing a brad nailer, connect (5) 1″ x 2″ x 13.75″ furring strips, equally spaced, to the plant help.

plant support

Step 6: Add Prime Body Furring Strips

Utilizing pocket screws, connect the remaining (2) 1″ x 2″ x 16.25″ furring strips and (2) 1″ x 2″ x 13.75″ furring strips to the highest of the (4) 35″ furring strips.

top supports

Step 7: Connect Entrance and Again Planks

Utilizing a brad nailer, connect the primary 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 18″ cedar picket to the body. Notice: It ought to hold over roughly 5/8″ on either side of the furring strip. Repeat this course of till all (10) 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 18″ boards are hooked up to the furring strips. Repeat this course of on the other aspect.

Notes: If it is advisable weigh the planter down (relying on its remaining location), see my notes within the Q and A under. Chances are you’ll need to depart off 1/2 of the planks on the again OR aspect as a way to add the load as soon as the planter is in place. And end the planking in place.

**It could be simpler to begin with the aspect planks to make lining up the back and front longer boards simpler, since they may line up with the aspect planks and also you received’t must measure each.

first board

Step 8: Connect Aspect Planks

Utilizing a brad nailer, connect the primary 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 13.75″ cedar picket to the body. Notice: It ought to sit between the planks on both aspect. Repeat this course of till all (10) 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ x 13.75″ boards are hooked up to the furring strips. Repeat this course of on the other aspect.

**It could be simpler to begin with these aspect planks to make lining up the back and front longer boards simpler, since they may line up with the aspect planks and also you wont must measure each.

short side

Step 9: Countersink Drill Holes and Connect Boards with Screws

Utilizing the three/8″ drill bit, drill holes 1″ from the highest and 1″ from the aspect of every plank. Drill one other gap 1″ from the underside and 1″ from the aspect of the plank. Repeat this on the opposite aspect of the plank. Proceed doing this on all planks (there will probably be a complete of 160 holes). After drilling the holes, connect the out of doors screws.

drill holes

Step 10: Hint planter on high boards

Heart your required pot (1, 3 or 5 gallon) the other way up on the three/4″ x 18″ x 15.25″ purple oak plywood decking panel and hint it.

**Do not forget that this high board may be pieced along with cedar planks to chop some value.


Step 11: Reduce Out Gap

Utilizing your jig noticed, reduce out the traced circle.Hole

Step 12: Connect Prime

Utilizing a brad nailer, connect the highest to the planter.

topper on

Step 13: Stain Wooden

If desired, stain the topper black. Cowl the whole planter with Thompson’s Water Seal or another stain/poly made for out of doors utility. Place potted plant in planter and revel in your new out of doors planters!


This undertaking is a bit time consuming (160 screws!!!), so no want to attach!  It’s nevertheless, very straightforward to hold out, and will probably be robust and maintain as much as all the weather.  Simply suppose, in spite of everything of these screws are in, this planter will make fairly an announcement to your porch or patio.  Consider the curb enchantment it could add to your private home to have these flanking your entrance door and even your storage doorways.

Tall Wood Planter Questions and Solutions

Q. Dimensions of this tall planter?

Total the scale of those tall planters are 18″ extensive in entrance, 15″ deep by 3′ tall.

Q. What can you employ a tall planter for?

This undertaking is nice for yr spherical décor and curb enchantment to your house. 

These planters can be good for a balcony or deck.  Place them within the nook of your deliberate house, to provide the deck some in-built grandeur.  This additionally would assist to make an outside house really feel extra delineated and mark the perimeters, permitting you to divide an outside house fantastically. 

Simply outdoors your again door, this planter would make for an ideal herb backyard for cooking, herbs are stunning and helpful!   Take a look at our different concepts for herb gardens right here.

At Christmas time this planter can be utilized to brighten for the vacation.  Chick out this submit for concepts of easy methods to model a tall planter with winter décor. 

This tall wood planters DIY undertaking may additionally make an ideal spot for a patio backyard.  The proper place so that you can develop some greens this summer season.  To make sure your plants stay watered (greens can’t be forgotten or they die!) take into account a self watering pot. 

Q. Would this planter work with benches?

A bench positioned between two of those planters would make for a personal little spot to take a relaxation… makes me consider a Jane Austin novel! 

In the event you constructed the body with a 2×2, you can presumably even string a 4′ 2×4 from the aspect body of 1 planter to the aspect body of one other planter.  Then simply plank the highest like the perimeters of the planter to create a in-built bench.  Simply be sure you sand rather well to keep away from splinters!

Q. What vegetation are you able to plant in a DIY Tall Planter?

There are such a lot of choices for planting on this DIY planter.

  • An evergreen shrub would look nice yr spherical. This may be actual (or examine under for some nice fake choices.)
  • A faux 4′ tall evergreen topiary (I’ve these on my entrance porch and LOVE them- not watering invovled!)
  • Faux Boxwood Balls – stick with me. I’ve additionally used these in my entrance planters and LOVE the no watering (do you detect a theme?)
  • Succulents for a contemporary design aesthetic (for these of us that don’t need to water each day. I believe a string of pearls trailing over the aspect can be superb.)
  • Flowers – fantastically blooming annuals, with some spiky plant for peak and a few candy potato vine for a trailing edge.

Q. Are wooden planters good for vegetation?

The brief reply is sure. As a result of wooden is a pure materials it received’t damage your vegetation. Simply ensure that in case you are utilizing salvaged materials (like pallet wooden for instance) that you understand there’s a likelihood that it may have are available in contact with a chemical and keep away from utilizing this to develop edible meals.

On this explicit plan the plant is in a planter not in direct contact with the wooden, so salvaged supplies can be secure to make use of and nonetheless develop edible vegetation.

Q. What’s the finest wooden to make planters out of?

I might suggest Cedar planks like talked about within the constructing plan above. These planks should not solely inexpensive, but in addition bug resistant and shouldn’t shrink considerably like handled lumber.

A tender pine will break down shortly if in numerous direct daylight. If you’re pondering of creating this from salvaged wooden like pallets for instance ensure that the planter is out of direct daylight many of the day, and if attainable out of the rain/sprinklers. I might retailer in a spot the place it received’t get too moist within the winter time as properly to extend the lifetime of the construct.

Relying on the place you reside Cyprus, and or Redwood may be good naturally bug resistant wooden decisions. However remember the fact that these decisions may enhance the value considerably.

Q. Ought to I put something on the backside of my planter?

Relying on the ultimate location of this planter, weighing it down could also be a mandatory step to keep away from it being knocked over.

With the intention to give this planter a spot to weigh it down you could want so as to add some furring strips to the underside (identical to you added for the planter shelf- see steps above) Add the pickets over the entrance and two sides, then JUST the highest half of the again, leaving the again open on the underside.

Put in place after which fill the underside with rocks, bricks, or any heavy trash you could have mendacity round (heavy is the key phrase (if it matches you can even fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and seal it shut and place that on the backside) Then cowl the again with the planks. utilizing solely screws to connect he wooden to allow them to be eliminated if it is advisable transfer the planter.


Extra planters you’ll be able to construct:

Build this simple but elegant tall wooden planter for $50 or less following this detailed building plan and tutorial. The planter is 3 feet tall and perfect for an entryway.

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