Stunning Planter Box Ideas & Projects for Your Patio

One of the best ways to make a patio pretty is to bring the garden a little bit closer. These planter box ideas & projects are perfect for the patio this season! Dress up your outdoor garden space, grow herbs and flowers right where you can enjoy them everyday, and add a sense of indoor style, right on the patio. We found some great DIY planter box projects for the do it yourselfer with complete step by step tutorials. And if DIY’ing isn’t what you are looking for, no worries. We have plenty of planter box ideas that you can shop for right here. So let’s get to making that patio stunning!


Stunning Planter Box Ideas & Projects for Your Patio


Planter Box Ideas & Projects

DIY Wooden Planter Box Ideas

April from ‘Uncookie Cutter‘ made these large cedar planter boxes for cheap! She used cedar fence pickets to save money, but these look high end! And go to her site to check out how she turned one of them into a house number planter.

Stunning Planter Box Ideas & Projects for Your Patio


If you want to learn how to build a planter box, this tutorial from ‘Popular Mechanics‘ is a great place to start. This is made from cedar, so it will last. They have free downloadable plans for this planter box project, and lots of step by step photos.


Here is another DIY cedar planter box that is so pretty, you won’t believe it’s a DIY! From ‘Ashley Brooke Designs‘, these plans even help you decide just how large of a planter you need. This would be a really stunning more permanent addition to your patio filled with evergreen shrubs and trailing flowers! Or, you can grow herbs and flowers from seed. Check out our list of the best free seed catalogs at TGG!


Love, love, love this modern cedar DIY planter box from ‘DIY Huntress‘! If you’ve been following us for awhile, you know Steve & I have a thing for modern design, but warm modern. This is that! Easy to follow tutorial for building this planter box that your patio will love.


Want a DIY planter box that has little more bold personality? This modern planter from ‘The Handyman’s Daughter‘ is really unique. The frame is made from wood, but the planter sides are made from PVC wall panels. You could paint them any color you choose.


Make this DIY garden planter box on wheels with this tutorial from ‘Gardenista‘. We love containers on wheels because it allows you to move plants into or out of the sun when needed, or just rearrange your patio when you get bored! Also great for a small patio when you may need to move the planter aside for entertaining.


These planter box plans from ‘Anika’s DIY Life‘ are perfectly pretty! Patio planter boxes aren’t just for having a space to grow something, most of us want them to be attractive too. This project nails it! Love the lattice look! Wouldn’t change a thing about this planter project. Easy to follow step by step instructions, too.


These easy wooden planters from ‘NYC Garden‘ are perfect for beginner DIY’ers. The instructions are simple to follow, and the design is basic, but really chic too. They made these planter boxes in three different types of wood. Looking for more outdoor planter ideas? Check out our posts Outdoor Planter Ideas For Your Patio & Porch and Planter Bench & Planter Coffee Table Ideas on our sister site


Planter Box Ideas – Where to Buy

So if building a planter box is not your thing and you would rather just purchase one (or two), we have some ideas for that as well!

If you are looking for a more traditional planter, the “Fairfield Self Watering Planter” may be the perfect choice for you. This one is made from plastic so it won’t rot, and has over 300 positive reviews as to the quality and durability. And, it is self watering, so one less thing for you to remember.

 Fairfield Self Watering Planter | Wayfair


The “Barclay Rectangular Planter Box” is another maintenance free option that will last, because it’s made of fiberglass. The clean lines of this planter will make any patio look prettier!

 Barclay Rectangular Planter Box | Wayfair


This “Corten Steel Planter” is an amazing piece of patio art! This is a planter that will only look better with time, and it’s industrial feel will update any space. It also comes in four different sizes for whatever your garden space needs. Love this look!

 Corten Steel Planter | Wayfair


This “Cedar Planter Box” is a classic look that comes in four sizes. You can also order it unfinished if you prefer to stain it yourself.

 Cedar Planter Box | Wayfair


If you are looking for a high quality planter box, then this “Teak Planter” might be exactly what you are looking for. These would make any patio feel like a high end resort. And they are teak, so they will age naturally and become more gorgeous with time.

Teak Planter | Wayfair


The ‘Blox Galvanized Planter‘ from CB2 is one of our favorites, and we have several around our home and on our patio. Timeless, modern and sturdy, this planter box comes in several colors and lots of sizes. We’ve used this planter for everything from houseplants to cactus, to english roses, and even a bamboo privacy screen for our patio!

Blox Galvanized Planter | CB2


Finally, this “Wood Look Tall Planter” is the perfect way to get that wood planter look without the upkeep. (It’s metal!) And it has height to add some dimension to your patio as well.

Wood look Tall Planter | Crate & Barrel


These planter box ideas & projects are all perfect additions to any pretty patio space! You might also want to check out our post on the Best Places To Buy Concrete Planter Pots Online over at our sister site TGG. We think you will also love our posts on Hide the Ugly Outdoor Eyesores and Boost Your Home Value with Easy DIY Projects! And learn How to Make Winter Garden PlantersFall Planter Ideas and Best Gardening Podcasts over at TGG, or How to Make a Stock Tank Pool over at TBD!.

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

1 Comment

  1. nicke
    May 2, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    it great . Thank

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