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Top 10 most popular planter box projects

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A planter box allows gardeners to tend to their vegetables and favourite plants at an accessible height, reducing the need for constant bending. Planters are also portable, so they can be moved around throughout the seasons and taken with you if you move homes. 


Bunnings Workshop community members have shared many different ideas for planters, including using decking boards, recycled flooring and fence palings. Best of all, these simple projects can make a terrific first build for a D.I.Y. beginner.


Here are our top 10 most popular planter box projects on Workshop by pageviews:


1. Planter boxes over existing garden bed by @LePallet 

Planter boxes over existing garden bedPlanter boxes over existing garden bed


Passionate woodworker Rylie built these eye-catching 2.5m x 2m planter boxes to fit over an existing garden bed.


2. Outdoor bench seats and planter boxes by @Poppop  


Like most of his builds, David says the plans for these corner bench seats with planter boxes were "all in his head". He used treated Pine fence palings in this project as well as his wishing well, garden bridge and raised garden bed projects.


3. Vertical garden and Merbau planter boxes by @BrendanB  


After creating a frame with sleepers, Brendan constructed these terrific planter boxes using Merbau pickets. He then lined the planters with netting and black plastic, ready for planting.


4. Pallet planter boxes with home-made stain by @LePallet 


Rylie joined these recycled pallet timber planter boxes together and finished with a home-made stain that he generously shared with the Workshop community how to make and apply.  Vertical garden and Merbau planter boxesVertical garden and Merbau planter boxes


5. Privacy screen planter box using pallet timber by @Yorky88  


Pallet maestro Marty built this recycled timber planter box with a screen that is perfect for growing climbers and can provide privacy from neighbours or to block out a backyard eyesore.


6. Raised planter box using treated Pine by @WoodenGregsWood  


Greg built this planter box at an ideal height for him to garden without strain. It offers enough room to grow different vegetables in the same box.


7. Planter box with decking timber cladding by @maknilsin 


Mark made this planter box as part of a backyard makeover and clad the box with decking timber from his newly-built deck. The planter box also doubles as bench seating when socialising.

Small yard makeover with pavers and planter boxesSmall yard makeover with pavers and planter boxes


8. Small yard makeover with pavers and planter boxes by @marliemakesit 

While revamping her side yard, Marlie added planter boxes made from H4 treated Pine. 


9. Bench seat with planter box by @diy_hausdesigns 


Rufaro created this bench seat with built-in planter box and clad with Merbau decking boards to match his Merbau raised garden bed.


10. Backyard transformed with planter boxes and seating by @Nidge 


Raised timber planter boxes with built-in seating turned a bare backyard into a lush, inviting outdoor space.


How to build a planter box


Bunnings Workshop members have shared many step-by-step guides on building different types of planter boxes, including a simple planter box for beginners by @Peggers, a planter box with bench seats by @Adam_W  and a portable planter by @EricL.


Experienced Workshop member @JoeAzza has also shared How to build a planter stand which is inspired by the massively popular D.I.Y. timber plant stand by @joineryjo


More planter box ideas


Here are some more ideas for inspiration: Balcony makeover with D.I.Y. planter boxBalcony makeover with D.I.Y. planter box


You can find more inspiring ideas for your garden in our collection of Top 10 most popular raised garden beds and Top 10 most popular garden makeovers.


We also recommend checking out 7 stylish plant stands, 6 ways to grow plants in an apartment and 10 ways to update your garden for more creative ideas on adding greenery to your home from our Bunnings Workshop members.



Last updated: November 2023


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