18 Planter Boxes You’ll Want to DIY Right Now


There’s no denying that traditional gardens are gorgeous, but they require a lot of work. For those of us who have small backyards, busy schedules, or may want to switch plants out or around the yard, a traditional garden can be hard to maintain. Planter boxes are a great solution for both gardeners without space, and for gardeners without a lot of time.

They’re perfect for keeping quick-spreading plants (like bamboo) contained and under control.

Yes, planter boxes are a great solution to a lot of gardening problems, but plastic or terracotta planters can look cheap and clash with your personal style.

So instead of buying the first planter box you find, check out this collection of magnificent planter box ideas–you’re sure to find the perfect style for your yard or patio! This collection contains everything from simple DIY wooden planter boxes to projects that reuse galvanized tubs, or even large concrete planter boxes.

Keep an eye out for some of the more creative ways to make your planter boxes multi-purpose, including planter box benches and planter boxes that provide a little nighttime mood lighting.

We think you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with these planter boxes!

1. Simple Wooden Planter Box with Plastic Inserts


We start this collection with the simplest offering: a long, but narrow planter box constructed out of 2x4s. Three plastic tubs with holes drilled for drainage help keep the plants separate and prevents the wood from rotting away.

2. Sloping Slide Planters


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To add some unique architectural interest to any backyard, we recommend changing up square, horizontal planters for these sloped planters extending like sun rays from this corner garden bed.

3. L-shaped Planter Box


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An L-shaped planter box can fit nicely against a corner or nestled beside a taller planter box, as this one is. These boxes fit wonderfully in any size garden or on any patio.

4. Planter Box Bench


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This two-towered planter box bench serves to spruce up the outside of this garden shed and provide a bit of seating to enjoy your hard work by.

5. Layered Stone Facade Planter Box

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If you want a more polished look, building a stone or stone facade planter box can add instant curb appeal to any home. An inexpensive and easy way to spruce up the front or back of your home!

6. Lighted Bamboo Planter Box


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For a look that’s casual during the day but ultra-dramatic at night, install lights along the interior rim of your planter. This effect looks best with tall stalks of bamboo and thin dried branches.

7. Sofa Planter Box


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This planter is perfect on this two-tiered deck. The sunken sofa is rimmed with soft pink flower boxes that provide class and a light fragrance to enjoy while visiting or relaxing outside.

8. Hinged Covered Greenhouse Planter Box


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This cleverly designed DIY greenhouse planter box is covered with a garden quilt material that helps keep the temperature perfect for your veggies and herbs!

9. Rustic Split Rail Planter Box


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If your style is more country, try adding a rustic touch by surrounding one of your current planter boxes with a split-rail enclosure.

10. Reclaimed Wood Chevron Planter Boxes


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Pattern is a great way to add color and visual interest to an outdoor space while still keeping it understated and classy. These chevron patterned planter boxes are a perfect example.

11. Galvanized Tub Planter Box


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Galvanized tubs are fantastic for so many things, and they are just as fantastic as planter boxes for those who are serious about container gardening!

12. Planter Box with Trellis


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Any simple planter box can be dressed up by attaching a trellis. These are perfect for training vines, or even small ornamental trees, as shown below. This is a super elegant way to add greenery to a small, enclosed yard or patio.

13. Blue Planter Box for a Corner Space

This planter box is made out of old lattice that is positioned together to create a unique crossed pattern that gives it more of a three-dimensional look. The borders are made from 2×2 boards, and the planter itself is positioned off of the ground so that it has better drainage. Once all of the pieces are glued together with wood glue, you can paint it any color you want. For more information, check out these DIY instructions via Anikas Diy Life

14. Raised Planter Box with Drainage and Shelf Storage

This raised planter is designed to give you the height and the drainage that you need in your garden. It is made from treated 2x4s that are designed to resist water so that they can better withstand the elements. On the bottom, there is a shelf where potted plants can be placed. Inside the box planter, there is a hidden drainage spout made from PVC piping. For instructions on how to make this planter, check out this DIY instructional video by Fix This Build That

15. Modern Planter Box with a Chic Design

This is a small planter box that is ideal for a window pane of a smaller patio. It is made from cedar, and it is slightly raised from the ground to encourage drainage. This box is painted white to match the surroundings, but you can paint your planter box any color that you want. Since the planter is designed to drain well, topping the soil with stones will add to the drainage. For step-by-step instructions, check out this DIY video by DIY Creators

16. A Wooden Planter Box with Two Levels

This planter is great for a porch or a patio because it has a two-tiered. Start with treated lumber that is protected from the elements, and then begin building a frame for your planter. Fill in the sides with 2x4s; in this example, the wood is placed at an angle, but you can use any pattern that fits in the frame. If you want a step-by-step guide on building this planter, follow this DIY guide via The House of Wood.

17. Three-Tiered Planter Box for Smaller Flowers

DIY 3 Tiered Planter Box

This planter has three tiers that resemble steps, so if you are looking for something to feel welcoming as you make your way to the door of your home, this is a great option to consider, and it is easy to build. In addition, it is raised off of the ground so that water does not lie in the bottom of the planters. For instructions on crafting this planter box, take a look at this DIY guide via Anikas Diy Life

18. Cedar Planter Box with Iron Edges

modern raised planter box

This planter box has a bit of an elegant design that will look great on any porch or patio. The knots in the wood grain look great, especially with the iron edges that hold this planter together. The base of the planter is raised, and the wood is spaced so that the soil can easily drain. For instructions on creating this moderns looking box planter, follow this DIY guide via Crafted Workshop