Spring is in the air! Living in the south most of my life, I was very spoiled with year-round warm weather and beaches always close by. It’s been 4 years since I’ve moved to the north east and I swear every winter gets harder. At the first sight of spring and “warm” weather, I start counting down the days until flip flops and shorts become a wardrobe staple again. Last summer, I refreshed our front porch area with some super easy DIY planters and want to share them with you, just in time for an easy spring front door refresh!
Initially, I wanted to buy some tall planters to spruce up the space. But after searching high and low for budget-friendly ones, I couldn’t find anything I liked under $100 each. Not this DIY-er. No ma’am. I can barely keep plants alive. I wasn’t about to spend a few hundred dollars on their boxes! Have you ever seen something in a store and after looking at the price tag think “Pshh, I can build that!” Yea, same. So I took inspiration from these Wayfair planters and got to work.
First, I started with a sheet of 4×8 plywood and drew lines to separate it into 4 equal boxes.
I used a saw to cut the sheet into the 4 boxes then drew a tapered line on one cutout, similar to the tapered look from the Wayfair inspiration. After I cut along the tapered lines of 1 piece, I used that as a template for all the other pieces to ensure they were symmetrical. After all 4 pieces were cut, I attached them to each other with wood glue and nails and added a square base to the bottom. Are you seeing the vision??
I repeated these steps for a second planter and sprayed these with black paint. I also drilled some holes in the bottom to allow any water to get out. Hopefully this will help keep the wood dry enough to last more than one summer.
Then, I put these by our front door and loaded the bottom with rocks to hold these down against any wind. I added some pretty flowers and there you have it! One afternoon and $30 later, I had TWO super easy DIY planters and a bright refresh for the front door.