With every new growing season comes the need for outdoor planters… and we’ve rounded up some unique planter tutorials for every gardener, whether you want a traditional window box, or an up-cycled art piece. Most of these outdoor planter ideas & projects have complete instructions, so check them out, pick one or two, and plan some DIY garden projects for the weekend!



Outdoor Planter Ideas and DIY Planter Boxes

Our first outdoor planter idea comes to us from ‘Popular Mechanics‘. Learn how to make this simple DIY wood planter with this great tutorial and lots of step by step photos.

Outdoor Planter Projects


Lowes‘ has a nice contemporary indoor outdoor planter idea with step by step photos and a video.



This wooden planter box by ‘Family Handyman‘ can be built in less than an hour with their tutorial. I love this because you can easily change out plants, and even combine plants with different watering needs because they are in separate pots.



Tracie over at ‘Cleverly Inspired‘ wanted some large planters that were similar to some that are available at Restoration Hardware.  She came up with these wonderful DIY planters.



Want to make a large DIY planter on wheels? Then head over to ‘Four Generations, One Roof‘, and find out how Jessica and her dad made this one! They have excellent step by step photos in their tutorial. This is great for small garden spaces… You can create an entire garden in this one planter! Love this! And if you are looking for more outdoor planter ideas, be sure and check out our post Stunning Planter Box Ideas & Projects on our sister site OhMeOhMy.



This is a clever idea we got from Christie on Flickr… Using recycled cans as DIY planters, and drill holes to attach with zip ties! (Also for drainage). Obviously you can cut off the excess zip tie after they are hung, they are left to illustrate the project. Love this! What other kinds of container planter ideas could you up cycle?



These low cost drum outdoor planters have downloadable instructions, and are made with recycled drums and recycled wood. What a really cool idea for little cash! You could use this idea for a lot of recycled containers! By ‘Instructables‘.



This Coppice Vertical Planter is sold on a UK website called ‘Garden Site‘, but we think it would be very easily DIY’able! Even better would be to use old wine crates as the boxes.



Gotta love these more modern patio paver DIY planters by ‘Stephanie Lynn‘ we found on Apartment Therapy.  She has a step by step for you, (its easy!) and even some suggested plants!



These Criss Cross Outdoor Planters from ‘Centsational Girl‘ look fantastic. Love them painted white but could look really nice in a natural stained finish as well.



From ‘Kate Was Here‘, check out this cool DIY vertical planter idea. This would be a great focal point for nay deck or patio, too! Fill it with herbs to keep them close to the kitchen, or succulents for a hot and dry spot.



Learn how to make a garden trough that looks old, but isn’t! From ‘This Old House‘.



From ‘Ruffles and Truffles‘, this DIY vertical planter is really easy! Great for awkward corners of your garden. Good tutorial! There’s also a similar project on our post Budget Outdoor Planter Projects over at our sister site.


We hope you enjoyed our post on Outdoor Planter Ideas & Projects! We think you will want to jump right on over to our posts on 14 Cool Backyard Furniture Projects and DIY Raised Garden Beds!

Image Credits: Popular Mechanics, Lowes, Family Handyman, Four Generations, Flickr, Instructables, Garden Site, Stephanie Lynn, Centsational Girl, This Old House

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  1. Sandy Jump June 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I’m lookng for an easy way to grow veggies. I’m disabled so it has to be easy to do. Any suggestions?

    1. Kathy Woodard July 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Raised beds are a great way to make the gardening tasks easier! We have a post here…www.thegardenglove.com/diy-raised-garden-beds

      If you don’t have someone who can build for you, there are several kits available at home improvement stores…

    2. Murffy January 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Raised beds are great because of the depth for the soil but remember you can only access them from either side of your chair. I recommend having something custom made according to your ability of reach.

    3. John Richard Pendergas April 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      18-4-2015. Hi Sandy, if you go to my website http://www.recycling.moonfruit.com you will see lots of photos of how I built my trellis 3R’s Waste Plastic Container Gardening idea for wheelchair users to help my friend daughter enjoy crowing some things, which you might get some one to set up for you too. I’ve even got some videos on how to do it on YouTube with my friend family helping me to capture the moments we made it happen about 4 years ago, or you might like to use one or more of my other ideas, as they are so simple to make and they help to reduce some of our WASTE plastic containers going to landfill at the same time, I do hope my ideas make your life better, all the best, from me John.JRP.


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