Frame and Panel Planters

cedar frame and panel planters at front door
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Free planter plans! These beautiful cedar planters are just a fraction of the cost to buy - thanks to using cedar fence pickets.  You'll love the step by step plans with diagrams and shopping and cut lists.

cedar planters on either side of the front door
cedar frame and panel planter

Want to make your front porch a little prettier, without breaking the bank?  Build your own cedar planters.  The secret?  Use cedar fence pickets to cut the costs. 

My friend Whitney at Shanty2Chic just built new planters for her front entryway, and we worked on brand new plans together to share with you!

  cedar wood planter plans

Here's from Whitney:

I love my new tall planter boxes!  Similar ones in big brand magazines cost close to $300.  Not mine!  For a tenth of the cost I get the same look and a lot more money to spend on the flowers :-)

please take a second to stop over and read Whitney's building and finishing post.


Cedar Front Porch Planter Plans



wood frame and panel planer dimensions
Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

6 - 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets 6 feet long

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

4 - 1x3 @ 20"

4 - 1x3 @ 26 1/4"

4 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2"

4 - 1x2 @ 26 1/4"

2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2"

2 - 1x2 @ 18 1/2"

12 - 5 1/2" wide fence pickets 31 1/4" long

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

First, build two frames, note that they are sized differently.

Step 2

Then add the tops to the two frames.

Step 3

Attach the fencing, starting in the middle, working outward, with galvanized finish nails and exterior wood glue.

Step 4

Use predrilled holes and attach the four panels together with screws. You can skip the glue to break the planters down and store flat for the winter.

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


Rachel M

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 10:39

You could add the outdoor bench to two of these planters. One on each end I think it would be pretty.