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How to build a simple planter box

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Difficulty: Beginner


Grow herbs, vegetables or your favourite ornamental plants in this simple yet stylish planter box.


The planter can be built using hand tools, and doesn’t require many different materials. Following the guide should help to improve your measuring and cutting skills, giving you confidence to tackle more advanced D.I.Y. projects.



Step 1

Measure and cut all the 70 x 35mm timber into equal lengths of 30cm. Sand the pieces of timber and then stain or varnish them.


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Step 2

Take four of the short lengths and join them at the corners. Drill a guiding hole and then secure with two 65mm screws. You’ll end up with a small square timber frame.


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Step 3

Repeat the process to create more frames and overlap them like bricks when you place them on top of each other. This is both for strength and an attractive design. Build as high as you like and twist the frames slightly for different effects.


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Step 4

Glue the frames together by spreading construction adhesive around the top of a frame and placing another one on top.


Now you’re ready to plant. Check out How to fill a raised garden bed for planting tips.


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  • 4 lengths of 70 x 35 x 3000mm Pine timber

  • 1 pack of 65mm screws

  • 1 tube of construction adhesive

  • Clear timber varnish or your choice of stain.


  • Hand saw, panel saw or jigsaw

  • Drill or Phillips screwdriver

  • Sander

  • 80-grit sandpaper

  • Tape measure or ruler

  • Pencil

  • 50mm paintbrush.











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