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DIY Scrap Wood Outdoor Planter

Hey there everyone! I am happy to be back today for our monthly DIY challenge! This month it is a scrap wood challenge…which I am a borderline hoarder when it comes to scrap wood, there really isn’t a piece too small to keep! Lol! I built this scrap wood outdoor planter and I am in love!

DIY Scrap Wood Outdoor Planter

I built the smaller planter from scrap wood but the larger planter is what gave me the idea! The larger planter is a contributor post I did for Ashley and she will have plans up soon on Handmade-Haven! I wanted to try a smaller version that was simplified without angles so you could bust it out in a few minutes vs hours! And it was a complete success if I do say so myself!

Make sure and scroll to the bottom of the post to see ALL the awesome scrap projects that the other bloggers built for this challenge!

Front Porch Decor - Beautiful wooden planters by the front door!

The great thing about the planter is that it doesn’t really take that many scraps since you are ripping them down to 1″ strips! If you have a 1×12 scrap at 10″-14″ long, you pretty much have a whole side! And worst-case scenario, if you JUST cleaned out your scrap bin, you can purchase two brand new 1x4x8s and build it just the same! Horray for everyone!

DIY wooden planter for front porch or patio

You can have the craziest scrap pile and it will be perfect! I wish I would have taken a picture of the pile I used, it was a mixture of 1x8s, 1x6s, and 1x4s that were so short looking, you would have thought they were trash! But they don’t look like trash now, do they?!

I sent the pile with my hubby to be ripped…he piled a bunch of plywood on my table saw, so he has to take all my table saw jobs and do them for me over at my Grandpa’s shop! Lol! It’s his punishment for not finding a better place for them, I mean, there are so many options in my floor to ceiling mess of a shop, I just don’t know why he couldn’t find a better place!?

Enough about me and my 49 issues, let’s get a beautiful planter built with all your trash, er I mean scraps!

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– A bunch of 1x (1×4, 1×6, etc) scrap boards at least 10″ long and 1 board that is 14″ long…or you can just buy 2 – 1x4x8 if you don’t have a scrap pile and 1 – 2×2 furring strip or 6″ piece!

brad nailer

1 1/2″ brad nails

wood glue

table saw

miter saw

– plastic liner if you prefer

– a few rocks

Cut List: *Note: I refer to the ripped down boards as 1x1s in the cut list – they will need to be ripped on a table saw to 1″, their actual measurement will be 3/4″ x 1″… or you can purchase the precut strips at a lumber yard but they can be pricey!

48 – 1×1 @ 10″

4 – 1×1 @ 14″ 2 – 1x4s or other size scrap boards of your choice (at least 1 1/2″ wide) @ 10 1/2″

3 – 1x4s or other size scrap boards of your choice @ 10 1/2″

4 – 2×2 @ 1 1/2″

Building the DIY Scrap Wood Outdoor Planter

First, you must rip all your scraps down into 1″ strips! Ripping boards on a table saw can be very dangerous. Make sure you know how to properly use a table saw before attempting to rip 1″ strips. You may want to use a feather board or other jig to make it safer to rip the boards! Rip boards at your own risk!

Once you have all your small boards ripped down, you will need to cut them down to size on the miter saw. I set up a stop block at 10″ so I could just slide the board and cut, without having to measure each time! It only took me 12 minutes to cut all 52 boards! It was amazing and I wish all my cutting could be done that quickly! Lol!

Using a stop block on a miter saw

Once they are all cut to size, 48 at 10″ and 4 at 14″, you can start building the planter. The 14″ are the vertical boards, and the 10″ are the horizontal slats. I attached them with ample wood and just brad nails. It makes for a ton of holes to fill once the planter is complete, but it also makes for a really quick and easy build! If you would rather dowel rod each one or Kreg screw them, you are more than welcome!

Piecing together the outdoor planter

I place my boards on a piece of plywood since I was building inside on the tile, and that is uneven. I also like the plywood because I can put the pieces I am stapling right along the edge and then my brad nailer has enough room to shoot straight. Just a little tip!

Next, I filled it up with the slats. They are spaced at an almost perfect 3/16″! I didn’t take a picture for some reason at this step so here is the Sketchup pic!

Then you get to repeat that step to make another side just like it!

Once you have both sides built, you will just attach a top and bottom board to the two sides you just built!

Again, just fill in the slats every 3/16″ and it is so close to done already!

Now the bottom needs something to attach those cute little feet to! Using scraps of whatever size you have laying around, cut them down to 10 1/2″ and I just brad nailed them as well with plenty of wood glue! Look at my scraps, I had a 2×2 and a 1×4 furring strip! No one will ever know!

That allows us something to attach the feet to, so attach them feet! Again, maybe not the sturdiest way to attach the feet, but I used glue and brad nails! I nailed it from the bottom and then flipped it over and nailed it from the top as well!

Last we need a shelf inside so we don’t have to fill the entire thing up with soil! Now I am not a gardener so this may not be the best idea, but so far both my plants have survived just fine planting them this way!

Again, I used random scrap wood, so they were not all the same width! And they are brad nailed from the ends and the side (for the ones that are against the side) with tons of wood glue and a little more than halfway down inside.

Building the DIY scrap wood outdoor planter

Now, all it needs is the finishing touches…a whole lotta wood filler, the stain of your choice, and a good polyurethane!

Building the diy scrap wood outdoor planter

Sand it down after the wood filler dries and boom…DONE! Beautiful planter born just like that! I used Minwax Provincial stain just in case you want the same color!

I placed a liner of plastic and then threw a few rocks down in the bottom to help with drainage, you can cut a couple of holes in the plastic liner if you would like as well. I didn’t attach it in any way, just stuck it in there and poured rocks in, threw a little potting soil, then the plant, then more soil!

DIY Scrap Wood Outdoor PLanter

And it’s official, I LOVE them both!

Now make sure and go check out everyone else’s posts and see the oh so many things you can do with scrap wood!

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Thank you so much for following along and as always if you have any questions or comments I would love for you to leave them below!

Happy Building!

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DIY Outdoor PLanter made with scrap wood


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