DIY Industrial Planter Box
Posted By
Ashley Phipps
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • HomeRight Deck Pro 5" Fence Stainer
  • Outdoor Stain
  • Wood Glue
  • Spray Clean Coat
  • (3) 1"x6"x8' Cedar Siding
  • (3) 1"x3"x8' Cedar Boards
  • (4) 1-1/4"x1/8"x3' Angle Iron
  • 12" Hanging Basket of Flowers
  • 1 1/4" Kreg Screws
  • Kreg Jig
  • Nail Gun
  • Drill
  • Compound Miter Saw

Project Steps


I love springtime and I really love that I can finally have beautiful flowers growing again! I have had a few different variations over the years of planters for my front porch, but this version might be my favorite! My front porch is small and so I don't have a lot of room for big planters, but something short looks silly and out of place. I also don't really have room for any layered looks or any stairs to put things on the sides of my stairs. I will admit, my front porch is a bit uninspiring, especially in the winter time. So I decided to create a new, tall, industrial planter box for my front porch and I really love how it turned out and it is perfect for a small or large porch! Update your front porch with a fun and stylish way to welcome your guests!  This industrial style planter box is so fun to make and looks stunning too.

Step 1

Begin by gathering your supplies.                                                                                                                                               

Step 2

Cut the cedar siding boards into equal lengths approximatly 2' long using a compound miter saw.                                   

Step 3

Place wood glue in the groove parts of the siding boards and glue (3) boards together.  You will end up with 4 sets of 3 boards.  These are your four sides of your planter box.

Step 4

Cut a piece of 1x3 board about 1/2" short of the width of a planter box side.  Use wood glue and a nail gun to adhere this to the inside of a planter box wall about 7.5" from the top.  Do this on 2 of the planter box sides.

Step 5

Spray the angle iron with a clear coat and let it dry completely.                                                                                                

Step 6

Place your four sides together and nail them into place with a nail gun.  This is just as a temporary hold.  

Cut 1x3 boards to fit on the inside of the planter box so that they will sit on the ledge you built earlier.                                       

Step 7

Secure these into place with a nail gun and wood glue.  It is ok to allow a little space inbetween the boards as this will allow water to drain from the pot onto the ground.

Step 8

Cut 1x3 cedar boards to fit around the top of the planter box.  Add this using wood glue and a nail gun.  This will help to secure your planter box together and also add a nice decorative touch.

Step 9

Cut 1x3 boards at a 45 degree angle to fit around the top of the planter box like a top frame or decorative trim.  

Use a Kreg Jig to place pocket holes into the ends of these boards.

Step 10

Screw the boards together to make a frame / top.                                                                                                                   

Step 11

Use wood glue and a nail gun to attach the top decorative trim piece (the frame you just built) to the top of the planter box.

Step 12

Attach your angle iron to the corners of your planter box using screws.  You will want to drill pilot holes into the metal first and then screw a screw through the metal and into the wood.

Step 13

Pour your stain into a container and grab your fence stainer.                                                                                                      

Step 14

Use the fence stainer to stain the planter box.  This stainer makes it so quick and easy to stain all of the surfaces quickly.

Step 15

If you turn the fence stainer, you can easily get in all of the grooves in the siding!  This made staining this planter super easy and really quick.

Add flowers and enjoy!  

Pro tip: buy a premade planter basket and just set it into the planter box!  This box will fit a 12" hanging basket perfectly and that allows you to be able to change what is in this quickly and easily and you don't have to worry about dirt or creating a really heavy planter box!  

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