$20 Raised Planter Box

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Build your own raised planter box for about $20!  This is a kid friendly build, a perfect family project. Free plans from Ana-White.com

Raised beds for gardening can be so expensive!  Here's a quick and easy DIY to build your own for about $20 each!  The secret? Use inexpensive cedar fence pickets for the sides.  

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Watch our quick video on building this planter for lots of tips and tricks, and see it come together.


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$20 Raised Planter Box

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Dimensions shown in diagram for cedar garden box


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long (furring strips are fine)
  • 4 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets (can be dogeared)
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (furring strips are fine)
  • About 50 - 1-1/4" self tapping wood screws (I used these)
  • landscaping fabric for the bottom
  • About 3 cubic yards of soil
Cut List

4 - 2x2 @ 23-3/4" - legs

4 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 35-1/2" - sides

4 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 17" - ends

2 - 1x2 @ 34" (recommend cutting this one to fit as the length could change slightly depending on board thicknesses) - bottom supports

2 - 1x2 @ 14" - inside slat ends

4 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 17" - main slats

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw


Step 1

Build the two ends with 1-1/4" screws, two per joint, attaching the shorter cedar fence pickets to the legs.  Everything is flush to outside edges.

Step 2

Attach the longer cedar fence pickets to the legs with all outside edges flush.

Step 3

Measure and cut the cleats.  Attach to the legs with 1-1/4" screws, two screws per joint.

Step 4

Lay the slats evenly inside the planter box.  Attach with a single screw per joint.



Sat, 04/11/2020 - 16:32

I made this today. Thank you for sharing your plans! I'm looking forward to planting a little bit with my grandchildren. I used deck boards, fence pickets, and ripped down a 2 x 4 for the legs that I had on hand.


Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:35

Built two of these for my wife this afternoon. Very simple project. Perfect for beginners.

I highly recommend investing in a battery powered brad nailer for projects like this. I was able to complete both of them in just under an hour and a half. Screwing things together can be cumbersome and take forever.