Simple Diy Raised Planter Box

Simple Diy Raised Planter Box – A: My name is Mitch. I make videos about the things I make and what I learn along the way. I have a Youtube channel called Made by Mitch. I also love coffee and being outdoors. More about Madebymitch »

This was a very easy DIY project that you can do in just a few hours. Last year we had a very nice garden with lots of things in it, including lettuce. The only problem was that the rabbits really enjoyed the lettuce. So this year I decided to make a raised garden planter for my salad and herbs.

Simple Diy Raised Planter Box

The first thing you will need to do is cut the boards you are using to the size you want your planter to be. First, I cut the cedar boards I used for the sides with a circular saw. I made my box two feet wide and four feet long. I cut 4 24″ boards and 4 48″ boards. I actually used 1×6 panel boards for the sides of my planter. The boards are tongue and groove and I used two boards on each side and at each end of the planter box. I cut a tongue from the top boards and a groove from the bottom boards to make the boards smooth on the top and bottom.

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I then cut the 4×4 boards to 30 inches with a circular saw. My saw blade wouldn’t go all the way through the board so I marked both sides with a speed square, cut one side, then turned the 4×4 over and cut the other side.

Attaching the boards to the legs was quite simple. I actually assembled the box upside down. First I used clamps and a speed angle to attach the side and end boards to the leg making an L shape. Make sure that when you do this you check that everything is lined up correctly. This is why I used the square of the speed. I made two L shapes and then joined them by adding opposite legs and attaching boards to the legs. To attach them, I pre-drilled to prevent the wood from splitting, then attached the panels using 2-inch wood screws. After attaching the first row of planks around, I then put the other planks on top all the way around and attached them by pre-drilling and attaching them to the legs.

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I then added the wire to the bottom of the planter, but before I could do that, I added 5 1×4 boards to span the width of the planter box. This would help support the weight of the dirt. I pre-drilled and attached 1×4’s to the bottom of the planter spacing them evenly. Then I turned the box over and added the wire. I used a ¼” x ¼” galvanized steel fence for this. It was pretty easy to install. I just cut it to the desired length using wire scissors and then cut where the 4×4 legs should be. I had to bend it and move it well to fit where I wanted, then used a staple gun to secure it in place.

At this point the planter was almost finished. I added a layer of landscaping fabric to keep the dirt in the planter box. I trimmed the approach around the edge with scissors. Once it was set up, I put 2 bags of potting soil in the bed and then added the plants. I only had a few plants to put in mine and I planted the rest of the salad from seed. Once you did that, the planter box was complete!

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Be sure to watch the video for the entire process. It was very easy to make. If you are interested in this project, you might enjoy some of the other DIY projects I have on my website. You can also follow me on instagram and twitter to see what I’m up to regularly. Thanks for checking this out. I hope it will be of use to you. UPDATE: To see photos of my completed vegetable and flower beds, follow me on Instagram ( ) where I use the hashtag #DKUlakehousegarden to share photos of my raised beds.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photos of the raised garden beds I made a few weeks ago that I posted. They were so easy to make and I absolutely love how they turned out!

1. The finished size of my beds is 3’x6′. It was an acceptable size for me because the space where the beds are located is very narrow and I can only access each bed from one size.

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2. I used cedar for my beds. You don’t want to use any treated wood because you don’t want the chemicals to leach into your soil and into your vegetable garden.

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3. We live on a dune so the area where the beds are located is completely sand. Because of this, I decided to build the beds 18″ deep so I could get a lot of good soil and plant nutrients in. If you are going to place your beds in an area with soil, you can build them 12″ high. I’ve even seen beds as low as 6″ or 8″.

4. In the list of materials, I list only enough materials for one bed. Multiply the amount of supplies by the number of beds you want to build.

6. I bought all my lumber at Home Depot and they cut all my boards for me (big shout out to Erik from Grandville, MI Home Depot who probably spent 2 hours with me!). I can’t recommend this enough! The project would have taken me much longer if I had to measure and cut myself.

(6) 5/4″ x 6″ cedar planks cut to 6′ (I bought 12′ boards and had them cut to 6′)

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(6) 5/4″ x 6″ cedar planks cut to 3′ (I bought 12′ boards and had them cut to 3′)

Deckmate screws (very important, you don’t want your screws to rust). I used size #9 x 3 to screw into the 4×4 and 8 x 1-5/8″ to screw into the middle support boards.

1. Lay two of your 18″ 4×4 boards on a flat, level surface. Next, lay 3 of your 6″ boards on top of the 4×4 boards, making sure to line up the edges with the 4×4 boards along the sides and top edge. Because the 5/4 x 6″ boards aren’t really 6″ tall, you’ll have a small amount of your 4x4s on the bottom. I thought that was fine as it makes a nice base for the beds. Screw all the boards into the 4×4. I used two screws on each end of the 6′ boards.

2. Repeat with the boards you need for the other 6′ side of the bed. Since I was making a total of 4 beds, I assembled all 8 6 inch sides first.

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3. Take one of your 18″ long 5/4 x 6 boards and place it in the middle of one of your 6″ side boards. Screw in using smaller screws. I placed them on what would become the inside of the bed so it wouldn’t be noticeable after the bed had dirt in it. Will repeat all 6′ long end panels.

4. Stand up 2 of your 6′ end board pieces. If you do it on a flat surface, they will stand up by themselves. Space them about 3′ apart so you can screw the 3′ boards.

5. Starting at the bottom, screw one 3′ panel to join the side panels. Now go to the other side and repeat. Repeat with the other two panels on each side. That’s it…Your raised beds are done!

Can you believe how easy it was? It took me about 2 hours to build the four beds. Like I said – it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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The beds are now filled with soil (I used a mixture of soil, peat moss and vermiculite) and are just waiting to be planted. I’ll be back to post more photos and shots of the garden’s progress!

To see finished photos of the raised beds, follow me on Instagram @ where I use the hastag #DKUlakehousegarden to share photos of the garden! A: We are Jaimie & Jay! We’re making DIY Halloween projects on YouTube. We help you make awesome and creepy things.💀 More about WickedMakers »

Planter boxes are a classic spring project and we’ve always wanted to design and make one in our own style. At the time of this writing, Jaimie was 8 months pregnant with our second child…which makes gardening…difficult. So making a DIY raised planter box seemed like a great way to help keep her from having to lean over in the garden, but still be able to exercise and spend time outside.

We spent a lot of time figuring it out

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