Note: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
So, we finished the DIY planters and we added rock to our back patio! I had big plans of painting the planter all kinds of funky, and I did. And then I hated it. I’ll show you pictures, but first check out the final project. This is what I’ll be teaching y’all how to build at The Home Depot in South Austin at 1200 Home Depot Blvd on April 11th at 10am! This DIY Workshop is being held throughout the country at most Home Depot store locations. Click here and enter your zip code to find a workshop location near you.
I thought I wanted a little color in the backyard, so I painted some color block action on the front of each of my planter boxes. I painted all 6 of the planters with varying yellow (left over from this project), turquoise, and white stripes. This is the only picture I took before deciding to do a last minute switch-a- roo. We installed the first 3 boxes and I just wasn’t loving it. It looked too… kiddy? Messy? I don’t know. Something wasn’t right. So, for the top 3 boxes we just turned them around and faced the painted sides towards the fence. We ended up un screwing the 8 board that I painted on the bottom 3 planters, turning them over, and screwing them back in. Which is why you see the black stamp on the 3 of the boards on the bottom planters. Welcome to wonderful world of DIY! I definitely wasted some time and paint painting the planters, but in the end I’m so happy we didn’t leave them like that. I want the plants to be the stars of the show, not the paint job.
Ready to build your own? Here are the materials you will need to build my customized version of the DIY planter:
- Three 8-foot 2×10
- Five 8-foot 2x4s
- Sixteen 8-foot 1x4s
- 1 roll of wire mesh with half-inch gap
- 1 roll of weed barrier
- 1 box of 3-inch exterior deck screws
- 1 box of one-and-a-half-inch screws
The project is 5 simple (but just being honest here, time consuming) steps.
1. Prep and cut
3. Add Mesh and plastic
4. Attach to the fence
5. Fill the planter!
For Step 1, you’ll need to make these cuts:
- Eight 11-inch 2×10 pieces (These are the end pieces of each of the smaller planter boxes)
- Seven 15-inch 2×10 pieces (These are the end pieces of the large planters and braces for assembly of the planter)
- Forty 30- inch 1×4 pieces (These are the sides of each planter)
- Twelve 27-inch 2×4 pieces (These are the bottom boards of each planter)
Tip: Using a saw with a built in laser makes cutting wood so much easier!
For step 2, you will assemble each of the 6 planter boxes. For the smaller planters, attach two 27-inch 2×4 pieces to two 11-inch 2×10 pieces. This is the hardest part of the assembly process for me! It’s an awkward angle and you need to make sure that everything is square. We don’t have a fancy workspace, and found that using the ground was the easiest way to ensure that things were staying square.
Then, pre drill all 6 holes and attach three 30-inch 1×4 pieces to each side of your planter frame.
Then add screws to your pre drilled holes.
Step 3 is to add wire mesh and weed barrier, this is pretty easy. Use wire cutters to cut the wire mesh, and attach it to the bottom of all 6 of your platers. Then you can use scissors to cut the weed barrier and cover the inside on each of your 6 planters. Attach with a staple gun.
Moving on to step 4: Attach to the fence. High five, friend! You’ve got all 6 of your planters assembled and prepped! Here are some tips for attaching the planter to your fence.
- Make sure your first 2 boxes are level.
- Attach the planter to the fence so that it can not fall over, especially if you have little ones!
Step 5 is the most fun… fill ’em up with pretty stuff!
I’m excited to show y’all the before and after. Ready?! Here’s the patio upon moving in…
Then Andy ripped out one row of bushes and we painted the free patio furniture. Woah!
And then we built a DIY planter and extended the patio with rock! We still need to get another load of rocks to fill the last bit of dirt you see in the picture above, but it’s about 85% done. Oh and that big metal stick you see in the middle of the picture? That’s a sprinkle. It was that tall because of the bushes that used to be there. We need to cap off that sprinkle since we don’t need to water our rocks or cement.
What do you think?
I can’t wait for my plants to fill in! Want a DIY planter in your backyard? Click here and enter your zip code to find a Home Depot workshop location near you. I will be at The Home Depot in South Austin at 1200 Home Depot Blvd on April 11th at 10am teaching you how to build the planter you see in the picture below. The beauty of Doing It Yourself is that you can customize projects to fit your exact needs!
Psst… Here are 19 more DIY vertical planters!