How To Build a Planter Box

Difficulty: Easy  |  Estimated time: 3 hours  |  Help needed: 4 volunteers

Beauty will always enhance a playspace, because it draws people into a common area – and into an opportunity to socialize with fellow community members. The planters also provide a unique opportunity for children to tend to a plant and watch it grow!

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Materials and tools

Quantity: Materials:
10 Landscape timbers
7lbs 60d 6" galvanized timber tie nails
4 cubic feet Fill dirt
2 cubic feet Potting soil
(varies) Plants/Flowers
Tools needed:
Miter Saw
Pencil
Tape measure
Safety glasses
Carpenter's square
Drill
Screwdriver bit
⅜" drill bit
Hammer
Sandpaper

Preparation instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Take [6] of the landscape timbers. Cut each into [3] 31" pieces for a total of [18] 31" landscape timber pieces.

  3. Take the remaining [4] landscape timbers. Cut each into [4] 24" pieces, for a total of [16] 24" landscape timber pieces.


Build instructions

  1. Before building, inventory and sort all of your materials.

    Quantity: Inventory:
    18 31" landscape timber pieces
    16 24" landscape timber pieces
  2. Sort (2) 24" and (2) 31" pieces. Nail together one course of the planter base using the 6" nails. One person should hold the 4x4 pieces in place to make sure they are properly squared while another person hammers in the nails at the points (•) indicated in the picture.

  3. Repeat step 2 for a total of (8) courses.

  4. Now it is time to nail the courses together. Alternate the 31" and 24" pieces for each level (see diagram). The final planter should be 8 courses high. Hint: You may want to pre-drill these holes to make the hammering go smoother.

  5. Position the planter in its final place.

  6. Fill the first ¾ of the planter box with fill material (peat moss, mulch, dirt, or rocks). Then fill the rest of the box with potting soil and top it off with plants.