Thursday, June 1, 2017

DIY Outdoor Planter

How to build wood planter from a scrap fence piece.

diy outdoor planter

I built this planter from a scrap piece of fencing, pallet boards and two pine boards.
Total cost: $3

diy outdoor planter from fence pieces

A huge thank you to Ana White as usual for her free plans.  I used her cedar planter plans as a guide for my planter.

This fencing piece had been sitting in our garage since we moved in 7 years ago and I finally put it to good use:

scrap fence piece planter made from scrap fence piece  

The planter holds our Fall mums which coordinate with the new orange front door:

diy planter using pallet and scrap fence piece

diy planter using pallet and scrap fence piece detail


Here's how I made the planter:

1. Disassemble fence piece and cut boards, I cut mine at 19" long.
Using Ana's plans make 4 sides, I used pallet wood for the top and bottom support pieces at 15" long:

planter side pieces

2. Assemble box with 2x2 legs (cut at 22").
Then add top 1x2 trim mitered to cover the exposed edges:

making top trim for planter

3. I used the back fence support pieces as my bottom rails, here they are set 8" down for the mum pots but only screwed in and NO glue:
In the future if I need to adjust the depth for a different pot I can move the rails without a problem.

attach top trim to planter

4. The raw 1x2 and 2x2 boards are finished using a vinegar/steel wool mixture which ages the wood instantaneously, BE CAREFUL to avoid getting the mixture on the fence and pallet pieces.

aging wood with vinegar and steel wood mixture

All ready:

diy outdoor planter using fence pieces

9 comments:

  1. I love your planter and your beautiful painted orange front door.

    Dee

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  2. Love it! I was looking for new planters for my front entrance, looking at your nice planters gives me inspiration for building my own. Thanks!

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  3. Hi-just wanted you to know I featured you on my Saturday favs-have a great weekend! Claire

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  4. that is a great job I think :)
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    Håkan ( The Roseman)

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  5. The planter turned out great! I love Ana White don't you?! Your door color looks amazing with the planter too! Thanks for joining our Countdown to Fall Party!
    ~Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  6. I love the two tone effect of the planter. We actually just took apart some old fencing similar to yours but I was thinking I'd use mine for an air conditioner fence/hider.

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  7. New fan here. I love projects that use pallets! I hope I can persuade you to come share on my Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/09/farm-girl-friday-blog-fest-2.html

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  8. How do you make the vinegar/steel wool mixture

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