Privacy Planter

Privacy planter
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Simple to build planter with tall back can add privacy to your space or hide unattractive objects.  This is a free project plan with step by step diagrams. Built using 2x4s and cedar fence pickets.  

Are you looking for a solution to add privacy to your deck, patio or yard?  Or even indoors?  This privacy planter might just be it!

Built using 2x4s and cedar fence pickets, this project is a fraction of the cost to buy something similar of this size, and a beginner friendly DIY.  Give it a try!

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Privacy Planter

Privacy planter dimensions
Dimensions of privacy planter in diagram


Shopping List

21 - fence pickets 5-1/2" x 72" (not dog eared)

4 - 2x4x8 (cut the longest pieces first to get everything to work out

2-1/2" self tapping screws (about 25)

1-5/8" self tapping screws (about 100)

waterproof planting liner (or plastic paper)

Cut List

3 - 2x4 @ 71-1/2"

3 - 2x4 @ 22"

6 - 2x4 @ 14"

8 - cedar fence pickets @ 17"

17 - cedar fence pickets @ 72" 

2 - 70" - measure and cut to fit

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the three frames out of the 2x4s.

Note that the inside and outside frames have the horizontal top pieces on the outside, in mirror.  The center frame has the pieces in the center.

Use the longer screws, two screws per joint.

Step 2

Attach the smaller pieces of cedar fence pickets to the outsides, using the shorter screws.

Step 3

Add cedar fence pickets to the front and back of the privacy planter, centering the center frame.  

Step 4

Add the back pieces to the back of the planter using the smaller screws.

Step 5

Measure and cut two cedar fence pickets to fit in the bottom.

Lightly sand the entire project.

Finish the entire privacy planter with a finish suitable for fencing or decking.  I recommend a penetrating stain.

Use a waterproof landscaping fabric to cover the bottom and keep soil inside the planter.  Add a few holes for water drainage. 

Move the planter to it's final location, as it will become very heavy with soil. Fill the planter with soil (you want the base to be heavy to anchor the planter).  Plant your plants and enjoy.