How to build a cedar planter box

I've been creating a lot of projects lately using cedar.  I'm really excited to share my latest project with you.  Slowly I've been updating my front porch.  It's been in desperate need of some color, decor, and love.  Today I'm adding all three with my newest cedar planter box project.

I've been wondering how I can add flowers to our front area without adding hooks or nails to the front of my house.  This DIY planter box that I built is perfect.  This 3 tiered box gives a lot of color to the front of my house without having to add hanging baskets.

Lately, I've been working really hard to update our home.  It's been a very slow and agonizing process but when a room is complete I'm so happy that I took the time to update that area.


Since I don't live in a home that has an easy front porch to decorate I've been scratching my head trying to figure out how I can add color, give my front porch a little bit of my touch, and make it look inviting.

I didn't want to add more nails or hooks into the siding so this cedar planter box was exactly what I needed.

Whenever I want to update an area I start scouring my neighborhood and then I scour the internet to see if I can make it myself.

Once I knew I wanted some planter boxes on my front porch I could only think of Ana White.  So I hopped on to her website and I found this amazing design.  I used her exact measurements for this planter box.

The supplies you'll need to build this are:

  • 3- 5 1/2" wide cedar fence pickets
  • 2- 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1" Finishing Nails
  • Wood glue
  • Saw (miter or hand)
  • Tape measure
  • Drill + 1/4" drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Ear and eye protection

You'll start off by making all of the necessary cuts.  I like to do this first so I'm not going back and forth.  I feel like this step saves a lot of time in the long run.


Once all of the wood has been cut, it's time to build the planter boxes.  I just used some 1" finishing nails and wood glue to build the boxes.  I used the same technique as I did with the Farmhouse Center Piece.

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I don't have a nailer.  So I start the nails before I line the pieces up together.

Once all of the boxes are assembled it's time to finish this project off.

Grab your 1x2 and make all the necessary cuts.  

Attach the back supports.

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Then attach the side angled boards and other 2 cedar planter boxes.

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Once all of your boards are attached it's time to make this pretty!

I wanted the natural cedar look so I added a clear coat to the planters so I don't have to worry about the weather to destroy it.

I drilled drain holes at the bottom of each planter box with a 1/4" drill bit.

Added potting soil and then some flowers.


I'm so happy with how this project turned out.  

I was able to complete this project in just a few hours and it cost me about $20.  

The longest part was waiting for the clear coat to dry.

What do you think of this project?  Is this something that you've been wanting to make?  I would love to know all about it in the comments below.


I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few other posts that I thought you might enjoy below.

Have an amazing day,