DIY $25 Cedar Planter and How-to Video

We love decorating our porches when fall rolls around and we thought it would be fitting, for our next How-to, video to show you how to build this super cute, super easy and super inexpensive cedar planter!

cedar-planter

You can click below or HERE to watch us build this cutie!

And, click HERE for the FREE PRINTABLE PLANS!

Annnnndddd of course, follow along on the step-by-step tutorial below 🙂

Ryobi-18v-miter-saw

All you need is 6 2x3x8 cedar boards. You will cut 20 at 15″ and 22 at 10″. I used my 18 Volt Ryobi miter saw for this project!

drill-pocket-holes

Next, I used my Kreg Jig to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into both ends of the short boards. You can find the Kreg Jig that we use HERE on Amazon.

bottom-layer

Now, start with the bottom, base layer. This is the only piece that is different because it has two extra pieces in the middle. This will give the planter a bottom for the plant.

attach-with-pocket-holes

Attach the short pieces to the long pieces with wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

make-squares

Next, make 9 squares like this. Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws to attach the pieces.

attach-with-finish-nails

Turn the base over so that they pocket holes face down, run a line of wood glue on the top then, set a square directly on top of it. Make sure that you turn the square that you put on top so that the short board is now facing forward. This will create the fun pattern on the corners of the planter. Attach the squares with 2 1/2″ finish nails. We used our Ryobi 16V Airstrike.

apply-glue-to-square

Add another line of glue to the second square

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and attach it with finish nails.

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Repeat these steps until all 9 squares have been attached. Notice the fun pattern on the corners!

That’s it! The best part about this project is that it is so easy to customize! We left ours raw but you could add finish, embellish it with your house number, make it taller, shorter…the possibilities are endless! This could easily be built in an afternoon so you have NO reason not to have a cute cedar planter box on your front porch this fall!

If you build one share it on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can see it and share it with everyone!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy building, friends!

  • Pedro Rivera

    2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. Rough Green Western Red Cedar Lumber at homedepot is 10$ a board here in Augusta, G.A. 🙁

  • Rene Garner

    Did you seal the inside with anything?

  • Gabby Spens

    I’m not able to find 2 x 3 boards either. Would a 2 x 2 boards work or would a 2×4 board be better? I love the look just looking for an alternative board size recommendation.

  • Kris Uhler

    I would love to know where you could find 2 x 3 lumber for $25 or less. I cannot find 2 x 3 anywhere but 2x4s run $10-$13 per board.

    • Hmmm our 2×4’s in Texas are just over $3 each. Where are you located?

      • Kris Uhler

        I’m in Indiana. I may have found a source. Keeping fingers crossed.

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