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DIY Planter Box or Crate

DIY Planter Box or Crate from Cedar Fence Boards. This easy woodworking crate can be used so many ways.

Building this crate is a great introduction to simple woodworking. This DIY planter box or crate from fence boards is inexpensive and being cedar it holds up to the weather.

Recently, I shared how to propagate Dahlia’s from cuttings and I showed the tubers planted shallowly in  this wood crate.

I am not proficient at woodworking but I can build this simple crate and so can you.

Simple woodworking crate

I cut 4 boards to size (you can choose your size).  My box is 24″ x 12″ so these 4 boards are 24″ long.
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Plant a kitchen herb garden in a box made with cedar fence boards,
Attach some scrap wood to the two bottom pieces so it would make “feet” for my box, better drainage.  You will notice there is a gap between the boards, that is also for drainage.

The fence boards are 5.5 inches wide so the box will have a depth of close to 6 inches.  The thickness of each boards is about 1/2 an inch but be aware that cedar fence boards vary from board to board so don’t count on a squared up project.

Build a kitchen herb garden from cedar fence boards, pluck fresh herbs just outside your kitchen door,
Here is the box all put together.  You can see the gap in the bottom.  The side pieces are about 11″, and sit inside the front and back piece.  

I used my Ryobi Airstrike to attach everything together.

I LOVE that thing.  You can also just use nails and a hammer or a screw gun.  If you use screws be sure to pre-drill your holes to prevent splitting.

Plant a kitchen herb garden in a DIY cedar fence board planter. Handy to have close to your kitchen for fresh herbs,
For other DIY wood boxes I have built see this post DIY Rustic Box and this post for a tool box version DIY Rustic Toolbox.

You will notice in the photo the wood looks a little darker inside.  That is organic tung oil or a cutting board oil.  It is safe for contact with food.

I painted it on the inside of the box to provide a protective finish so moisture will just run off.  I did not put it on the outside as I am going to paint that.

Cedar fence board herb planter box DIY,
I had fun painting this using the same motifs as I presented in my veggie painting tutorials.  

Click here to go to my  Learn how to paint website and choose from a variety of designs to paint on your box or click on the link in my navigation bar.

I painted the exterior of the entire box with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in Delicate.  Then I added my hand painted veggies.

Here are the veggies before I added the lettering.
This is the first half…
Veggie paintings on DIY herb planter,
and the second.

DIY herb planter box from cedar fence boards, hand painted with veggie motif,
And here is the finished planter box or crate.

Hand painted Vintage seed box planter, DIY from fence boards,
I finished the outside of the box with an exterior Satin water based varathane.

Happy Building and Painting!

DIY vintage seed box planter from cedar fence boards,
I also this for a Back Door Herb Garden, check it out HERE.

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