Create a rustic planter box for your Christmas porch with Hello I Live Here
Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I am sharing a terrific build, our Rustic Planter box that will be part of our theme on the front porch this Christmas. This rustic planter box is inexpensive to make, and uses minimal tools and materials. Patience is a virtue with this fun little project, as you may need to make adjustments as you move along, but trust me, it’s all worth it ;-).
Here’s what you will need -
- 4-Strip wood 1 x 1 x 8′
- 8 -1x3x8′ rustic or pinewood
- 8-1x2x8′ rustic or pine wood
- 1-1x4x8′ rustic or pine wood
- 2 boxes (24″) Land survey stakes (cut each point off the stake)
- Miter Saw
- Various size clamps
- Ryobi nail gun with 1 3/8″ and 2″ nails
- Wood Glue
- Eye protection
- Ear protection
Now let’s get started!
1. I made a basic frame for my Rustic Planter Box that was 24″ H x 16″ W x 16″ W. I formed two squares by cutting the 1″ x 1″ wood into 8- 16″ pieces. I glued and nailed these pieces into 16″ x 16″ squares with Titebond wood glue and my Ryobi Nail gun using 2″ nails (this ensures the nails go through for strength.)
2. Next, I cut 4-24″ pieces of 1″x 1″ wood. I joined the top and bottom by attaching the four leg sections to create a “box”. I used wood glue and 1 3/8″ nails to secure the legs.
3. Then I cut 6- 1×2′s 16″ long, and attached the 1×2′s to the base of the rustic planter box. I spaced the 1×2″ 1″ apart, glued into place, and nailed with a 1 3/8″ nail.
4. I cut 4 small blocks about 4″ long and glued and nailed onto the bottom base in the four corners. This gives the box the feet it needs, and helps drainage.
5. Standing the planter back up on its base, begin attaching your 1 x 3′s to the longest side of the box, spacing them apart enough to add the outside stake pieces to cover the crack. Each side will vary due to the size of your box. I took my time and added the first stake piece to the outside corner, then measured the 1×3 out to the end of the stake. Once I had the first two pieces set, I continued to go back and forth adding the stake to the outside of the box, and then the 1×3 to the inside of the box until, I finished the front side.
6. Because sides were an 1″ smaller due to the square assembly (top and bottom), I used a combination of 2 – 1×3′s and 2 1×2′s at 24″ cuts to complete the look of both sides. Again, I moved around the frame starting with the stake to the outside corner of the frame, and moved to assign, the 1×3 followed by a stake to the outside, and then inserted the 1×2′s going back and forth, until I finished the side with the 1×3 at the other end.
7. Giving the Rustic Planter Box a finished look, I used 1×3′s cut with 45-degree angels to the length of the box at each end. I attached this frame to the top and bottom until I completed the outside trim.
8. Hello I Live Here finished the design with the 1×4′s cut on a 45-degree angle and attached to the top of the rustic planter box. Then we finished off the box by adding a 1″ finishing strip to set the bottom with a little more rustic flair.
9. Tada! The finished rustic planter box.
The project took about 4 hours to complete, and was a pretty easy yet enjoyable to build. If you have left over scrap wood, do not hesitate to use it and modify the plan using the scraps you have. We were out of the sizes of s we needed due to our last two projects, the towel rack, and wood frames which were both featured on Bob Vila Nation.
In a couple weeks, we will show you how Hello I Live Here stained the rustic planter box to use as the focal point of our beautiful Christmas porch display. :-) Happy building and we will see you next post!