UPCYCLE: How To Build A Wooden Planter


A wooden planter is a great way of creating a bed to grow plants and vegetables in, especially in smaller gardens.

Your wooden planter can be built to fit any area of your garden and is made using scrap timber. You can stain it any colour you like to suit your garden.

Follow our quick and easy steps below and build your very own wooden planter.

We’ve also created a short video for you to follow.


You will need:

• Scrap timber (66×12) x 4 (31×12) x 4 (62×4) x 2 (27 x4) x 2 approx.

• Decking board (62 x 27) approx.

• An electric drill

• Hammer

• Screws

• Time


You may also need:

• Pencil

• Try square

• Tape measure


Step 1

After cutting down your scrap timber to the size required, make a hole around 2.5cm from the edge of every length. This will help prevent the wood splitting when you put in the screws.

Step 2

Lay out the timber lengths to form the frame and butt one end of each length up to the next with the drilled holes on the side. You can check the angles with a try square if you want to ensure it is even on each side before fixing the frame together. We used the Reisser Cutter Screws 30mm. Continue this pattern until all sides are secured.

Step 3

Once the frame has been screwed together, wedge in two pieces of timber reserved to help support the planter, you may need a hammer to do this.

Step 4

Using the remaining two pieces of timber wedge these in place, as shown in the video, and screw into place.

Step 5

Place the decking board on the bottom of the frame and screw into place.