DIY Planter Box or Crate from Cedar Fence Boards
Recently, I shared how to propagate Dahlia’s from cuttings and I showed the tubers planted shallowly in a DIY wooden crate.
Here is how I built that box from cedar fence boards, they are relatively inexpensive at the lumber yard so this is a cheap DIY.
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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I attached some scrap wood the 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.
My 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.
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.
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.
I had fun painting this using the same motifs as I presented in my veggie painting tutorials. You can click here to go to my Learn to Paint page and pick whatever you want 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…
and the second.
And here is the finished planter box or crate.
I finished the outside of the box with an exterior Satin water based varathane.
Happy Building and Painting!
I also used this for a Back Door Herb Garden, check it out HERE.
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