Thursday, December 8, 2016

DIY Terrace or Patio Planter

A perfect time to think about spring and spring gardens is when it's cold outside.  You've got to do something to alleviate those winter blues.

Plus if you have an enclosed terrace, patio or even a green house, today's project can get you growing your own food no matter what the weather is outside.

It's space saving vertical design allows you to grow up to 15 plants in the space of a few feet.

As an added bonus I have included Metric measurements along side my Imperial measurements in the cut list below.

DIY Terrace Patio Planter


6 - 1x4s

NOTE: All board lengths are 8' long and 3/4" thick unless otherwise noted.

Choice of Stain

Cut List

2 Back Legs @ 3.5" x 35-9/16" or 89mm x 903mm

2 Front Legs @ 3.5" x 46.75" or 89mm x 1188mm

2 Back Cross Piece @  3.5" x 40.5" or 89mm x 1029mm
6 Side Ledge Pieces @ 3.5" x 7" or 89mm x 178mm
6 Planter Pot Shelf Pieces @ 3.5" x 39" or 89mm x 991mm

Cutting Diagrams


Step 1

Cut the front legs an inch or so longer than asked for in the cut list above.  This is so you can cut the angles into the legs and not come up short on the length of the board.

Both the top and bottom of both front legs gets a 20 degree angle cut into them.

If you need a simple and easy technique for cutting boards to exact length with angles then you can check out my video and post on what I do.

Step 2

The same thing for the back legs.  The only difference is in the angle each one gets.  Here we will do a 10 degree angle. 

If you want the terrace planter to lean back more then cut a steeper angle.

Attach with glue and screws from the side.  Three should do it.

Step 3

The placement of the side ledges can vary based on the depth of the pots you are using.  Just be sure to evenly space them.

Step 4

Two boards edge glued together give us the width of the shelves.

Then all you have to do is measure, mark and drill as many holes as you see fit.

It doesn't have to be 5 as pictured below.  It could be 4 or even 3.  Whatever you deem appropriate.

The size of the holes should correspond with the diameter of the pots you are using minus about 1/2" or 6mm.

Final Thoughts

In just a few hours you could have a finished project that would make a great gift idea for that gardener in your life.  Minus the pots of course.

I hope you enjoyed our 8th Day of 12 DIY Christmas Gift ideas.

Don't forget to stop by again tomorrow for another great project to help you with your gift giving dilemma's.

Until then!