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How to build an inexpensive plywood planter box

You can whip up a DIY tall planter box from a single sheet of plywood. Keep reading to see how!

You guys. I can’t even begin to tell you how long this winter has lasted. Like, we-got-FEET-of-snow-dumped-on-us-in-mid-April kind of LONG. Last summer, I planted a small hydrangea in a pot at the end of our front steps, and it was the best decision I ever made. Every time I turned into our driveway, that little plant was the first thing that I saw. I LOVED it.

So, when the lovely people at First Editions® Plants contacted me, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I love planters, but they get HEAVY. This year, I’m planting a First Editions® Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea in a planter that’s getting lightened up a bit. I’ll enjoy my hydrangea for the summer, and then transplant it to our yard at the end of the season to enjoy for years to come!

I picked up my Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea at my local Bachman’s garden center. Look for the Purple Pot. With First Editions, you know you’re getting distinctive, easy-to-care for shrubs and plants that will create a vibrant and gratifying outdoor space for your home.

See, I haven’t always had the best track record with keeping plants alive. Lesson learned. Now I always buy quality plants for my yard. First Editions plants have been rigorously tested so I feel confident they will flourish. They have a wide variety of plants and shrubs to choose from, and if you need advice, just ask First Editions’ gardening guru Amy for tips and inspiration.

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  • one sheet of 15/32″x2’x4′ sanded plywood, cut into 12 equal rectangles (4 across and 3 down)
  •  4 2×2 balusters cut to 20″
  • outdoor wood glue
  • brad nailer – I like this one because it’s cordless
  • 18-gauge brads
  • outdoor paint
  • paint brush
  • 2 10″ diameter clay pots

Tutorial: DIY Tall Planter Box

We had the longest winter EVER, so I had to tackle this DIY indoors while I waited for the snow to melt.

  1. Start with a 2-footx4-foot sheet of plywood, and have it cut down to 12 8-inch/12-inch rectangles.
  2. Use a length of 2×2 baluster to anchor each of the planter box’s 4 corners. Line the edge of the baluster with wood glue, and then secure the plywood with 2 brads on each side. 
  3. Continue around the planter box, until 4 sides are secured.
  4. Then add the next two levels of the planter box. 
  5. Finish your tall planter box with a favorite wood stain or outdoor paint. I chose this pretty teal, because I know it will look ah-mah-zing with my Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangeas when they bloom!

How to Lighten Up Your Planter Boxes:

Planter boxes are notoriously HEAVY, and I like to move things around a bit. SO… I devised this little hack to make my tall planter box a bit more portable. Just stack two pots inside your planter box. Too easy!

Heavy Planter Box? Lighten it up with this cimple hack

My Finished Tall Planter Box:

I’m in LOVE!!!

How to build an inexpensive plywood planter box

DIY plywood tall planter box

As you tackle spring yard work, remember to turn to First Editions Plants for your own outdoor space!

As you tackle spring yard work, remember to turn to First Editions Plants for your own outdoor space!

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  1. I am excited to grow clemantis, asiatic lilies, petunias and tomatoes. I would like to try and grow carrots this year which I have never done before.

  2. I am doing a big switch on our balcony flowers this year.
    Time to shake things up,
    thank you

  3. I’m super excited for my rose garden as well as my may apples and fire pinks. We’re getting our vegetable and our herb garden ready so we’re definitely excited for those as well 🙂

  4. I am excited to grow petunias, daffodils and pansies this year! Finally the weather is getting nice!

  5. We are planning to plant many flowers and tomatoes in our small and beautiful yard. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  6. I really love our peonies so I’m excited to see those blossom as well as our vegetable and herb garden!!

  7. We are planning to actually put in landscaping around the front of our house this year so I am excited about all of them because it’s taken us two years to even do this! I’m not sure yet what we are putting in flower wise but definitely a few shrubs as well. I need to make up my mind ASAP though because the plan is to get it done next week!

  8. My daughters and I love getting our garden ready. We’re really big on our herbs and love our hydrangeas and peonies!

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