DIY outdoor shiplap planter! This project cost about $40 and is perfect for a beginner DIYer! I love how it turned out!
I’ve made quite a few and like to either keep them plain with a great wood stain or add some cut out wood words. They make great gifts as well!
Active Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour
6 (1x6) pieces of wood- cut to 18 inches
6 (1x6) pieces of wood- cut to 17 inches
4 (1x2) pieces of wood- cut to 19 inches
4 (1x3) pieces of wood- cut to 19 inches
Brad Nailer with 1 inch and 1 1/4 inch nails
Paint or wood stain of your choice
Minwax Polycrylic Sealer
Brad Nail Gun (or use a drill and exterior wood screws)
Start by building your legs. You will use your 1×2 and 1×3 to build four legs. Place the 1×2 on its side, apply wood glue, and place the 1×3 on top. I like to use a block to help support the 1×3. Use 1 1/4 inch brad nails and nail the 1×3 to the 1×2. (See example below)
Take your legs and place them with the 1×3 face side down. You will add your 18-inch 1×6 pieces starting with the first one flush with the top and adding the 2 below. I like to use Applewood glue on the sides, add the 1×6, and then use 1-inch nails to nail the sides. You will have two sides completed!
Place your two sides vertical and attach your 17-inch board the same way as the 18-inch boards. I like to use 1 1/4 inch brad nails for these sides along with wood glue. Once your 3 boards are attached on the one side, flip and complete the last side!
You have a completed planter! At this point, you can either add trim to the top with the remaining 1×2 or leave as is. If you choose the trim, just measure the top and cut the pieces to size and glue and nail with 1 1/4 inch nails.
Measure the inside of your box and add cleats on either side with 1×2 with wood glue and nails. Add 2-3 pieces of wood on top of the cleats to hold a plant.
Stain or paint your planter, add a sealer, insert a pretty plant, and BAM! You’ve made yourself a shiplap planter!
If I’m not using an exterior stain and am painting an outdoor project, I like to use Minwax Polycrylic for the sealer, which protects it from getting wet at all since it is going to be outside!
Be sure to follow along on IG @thesassybarn for more projects and tutorials!