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9 DIY Front Porch Planter Ideas to Build (With Pictures)

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Curb appeal can have an outsized role in your home’s look, feel, and even value. One of the easiest ways to spruce up or change your curb appeal is to add some custom planters to your front porch. But planters can be expensive, and the big box stores don’t often have a large selection of eye-catching options. The good news is that you can build your very own custom planters in a single afternoon. This list consists of ten unique planter designs, with plans that will allow you to build and customize your own planters to fit your particular home’s aesthetics. There are planters here for all styles and skill levels.

Here are nine DIY front porch planters that you can build yourself with plans included.

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The 9 DIY Front Porch Planter Ideas to Build

1. Repurposed Trash Can Planters

DIY trash can planter
Image Credit: Arin Solange at home
Materials: Simple smooth trash can, under mat (optional)
Tools: Metallic spray paint (optional)
Complexity: As simple as it gets

If you are looking for a simple and affordable way to add planters to your front porch, look no further. These basic DIY trash can planters only require you to source simple cylindrical trash cans with open tops to put on your porch. The plans suggest looking at IKEA for something that will work. Avoid anything with a lid or handle, or pedal. Once you get your simple trash cans, you can paint them to a metallic hue if you so choose, or you can put some decorative mats under them. Then all you have to do is fill them with a mixture of dirt and rocks and put your real or fake plants inside. Style doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to achieve.

2. Budget DIY Planter Box

DIY front porch planter with gold dipped legs
Image Credit: Home Heart and Hands
Materials: 2x2x8 (x3) 1x4x8 (x4), fence pickets (x4), paint or stain, nails
Tools: Miter saw, tape measure, nail gun, sandpaper
Complexity: Basic

These simple DIY planter boxes are perfect for people looking to add some curb appeal on a budget. The wood for these planter boxes can be purchased at extremely low prices. If you go with simple pressure treated pine or basic spruce planks, this project will hardly cost anything. These plans are simple to follow and require you to build four identical sides and then connect them with slats. The result is a basic and affordable planter box that can be painted, stained, or sanded to match your desired aesthetic. Planter boxes do not need to be expensive or hard to build. They can be both simple and affordable.

3. Farmhouse Porch Planters

DIY farmhouse porch planter boxes
Image Credit: Noting Grace
Materials: Cedar fence pickets, plastic planter box, wood glue, nails
Tools: Miter saw, table saw, nail gun
Complexity: Basic

This DIY farmhouse porch planter cleverly uses cedar fence pickets to create a rustic planter that looks great, is easy to build, and is very light. Cedar has a great rustic look, is easy to work with, and is extremely weather resistant. That makes cedar fence pickets a perfect option for building lightweight and durable planters. These plans call for black spray paint to make the boxes stately or moody. However, you can paint or stain these planters any color you want since they are made out of cedar wood. Black planters would certainly look stunning outside of a rustic white house.

4. Upcycled Scrap Wood Planters

DIY scrap wood outdoor planter
Image Credit: The Inspired Workshop
Materials: Sufficient scrap wood (at least 10” long, preferably the same thickness), wood glue, brad nails
Tools: Brad nailer, table saw, miter saw
Complexity: Basic

This basic upcycled scrap wood planter is very easy to make and has a lot of room for customization. You are essentially building a box frame and then filling in the sides with strips to make it solid. You can use different widths of wood for an eclectic design. You can build the planter, so it holds a pot. That way, you can leave some gaps in your design if your scrap wood does not fit exactly right. You can paint, stain or sand this planter in a variety of different ways to get different looks and styles. If you have a source of free or cheap scrap wood, this project can be done for pennies on the dollar compared to other designs. As long as you can build a simple box, you can use these plans to create a scrap wood planter for your front porch in a single afternoon.

5. Paver Planter Box

DIY paver planter box
Image Credit: Live Laugh Rowe
Materials: 12×12 pavers (x4), 2x2x8 wood (x3), wood glue, screws
Tools: Circular saw, tape measure, clamps, drill, sandpaper or sander
Complexity: Intermediate

This ingenious DIY planter box made with pavers is both eye-catching and extremely durable. The pavers give your planter box a chic industrial look while protecting it from the elements. No need to worry about plastic leaching into your plant’s soil or wood slats rotting out or attracting mold and mildew. The look of this planter is very simple yet also unique. You can even customize the appearance by using different colors and styles of paver. You will instantly add a dash of flavor to your porch with these paver planter boxes. They do require some amount of skill to put together, so they might not be the best choice for a person’s first project, but if you are a little handy, you will have no problem nailing this DIY design.

6. Large DIY Planter Box

DIY large outdoor planter
Image Credit: Kreg
Materials: 1/2x4x8 plywood (x2), 2x4x8 (x2), screws, nails, wood glue
Tools: Jigsaw, miter saw, table saw, drill, nailer, router, sander
Complexity: Advanced

A lot of DIY planters are small and made from thin slats of wood. Some people like the look of large, stately, and domineering planter boxes. If you are looking for something a little larger than average, you should check out these free DIY plans for a large planter box that is perfect for nearly any front porch or walkway. The key here is cutting and joining sheets of plywood into large boxes. Plywood also allows you to have large solid sections of your planter instead of individual slats. The process is in-depth and requires a lot of tools, but if you have the knowledge and equipment on hand, these plans can help you construct some truly striking planter boxes.

7. Classic Wood Planters

DIY wooden porch planter box
Image Credit: by Brittany Goldwyn
Materials: 1x4x8 (x3), 1x2x8 (x4), screws, nails, exterior staples, white paint
Tools: Nail gun, miter saw, stapler, sander, clamp, drill
Complexity: Basic

These plans are for classic wood planters. These planters are made from simple wood, are painted white, and have rustic planter feet that everyone recognizes on sight. The cut list is very simple, and the assembly process is all about lining up the pieces and putting in some screws. These planters can easily be made in a single afternoon and will instantly add some classic Americana planters to your front porch. You can paint or stain them any color you want, but the classic planter look is best done in white.

8. Planter Box with Trellis

DIY planter box with trellis from
Materials: 5/4x6x10 deck board (x1), 1x2x8 (x2), 4×8 sheet of lattice, 2x2x8 (x1), wood glue, screws
Tools: Jigsaw, miter saw, drill
Complexity: Basic

These awesome planter plans take the idea of a simple exterior planter box and upgrade them with a fetching lattice. Most planter boxes are some variation of a simple box, and this planter is no different. However, these plans upgrade your look and functionality by simply adding a sheet of lattice to the box. By adding lattice, you can change up your exterior look or add climbing plants or vines to your front porch. The verticality of these planter boxes would make a great addition to nearly any porch. You could flank your front door with lattice and climbing vines or install them perpendicular to the door. Not everyone will be taken by the lattice, but it is a great option and an easy alteration to a basic plan.

9. Customizable Tall Standing Cedar Planters

DIY cedar planter box
Image Credit: Juggling Act Mama
Materials: 1x6x8 cedar (x7), 2x2x8 (x1), wood glue, nails
Tools: Nailer, miter saw, table saw
Complexity: Intermediate

These DIY standing cedar planters are tall, slender, and very attractive. They use high quality 1×6 cedar boards to create a lasting planter that tapers and will be able to survive for years outside. One of the best parts of this plan is the fact that they are very customizable. You can use sanded cedar for a clean look or rough cedar for a rustic look. You can stain the cedar to any color you want or leave it natural. You can even paint the boxes if you so choose. Unlike other plans, these planters are tall, and they taper, so they are not just a simple box. That tapering makes the cut list more complicated than other plans, so bear that in mind before setting out.

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From simple hacks to in-depth projects, there are a variety of amazing planters here for you to choose from. You will be amazed how quickly you can change the look of your home by simply adding a couple of planters. Many of these plans can easily be doubled to create pairs. Don’t forget to add planter lining if you so choose or build the planters to hold a planter box or pot.

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