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How To Make A Planter Box

This planter box is the perfect gift or you can make it for yourself and enjoy it in your garden.

What You'll Need:

  • Pine board (19mm x 140mm)
  • Hand saw
  • Glue
  • Hammer and nails
  • Ruler
  • Craft heart
  • Lime wash or paint
  • Weed mat
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Step 1: Cut Your Timber to Size

Pine timber is ideal as it's hard-wearing and easy to paint or stain. You can make the planter box any size you like, whether you want a large planter box or one that sits on a windowsill. Measure up your board and cut with a hand saw and make sure the two sides and ends are the same length.
Here's the dimensions we used:

  • Base 140mm x 450mm
  • Sides 140mm x 120mm
  • Front and back top edge 600mm
  • Bottom edge 50mm
  • Height 140mm
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Step 2: Glue & Nail Together

Run a bead of glue along the sides of the wood that will be joined together. Do the same along the top edges of the wood that is the base of your planter box. Once the glue has dried, nail the sides and base of the planter box together so that it's secure.

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Step 3: Paint Your Planter Box

Next, lightly sand back the timber to make it easier to paint. You can either paint it in Mum's favourite colours or stain the planter box for a natural look. Make sure you use exterior paint or weatherproof stains.

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Step 4: Add Some Decorations

You can add details, like this craft heart, to the front of your planter box. Check out the range in our craft section at your local Bunnings.

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Step 5: Line the Inside

Make sure you line the planter, so that the timber is protected and it doesn't leak.

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Step 6: Add Your Plants

Top off your planter box by filling it with potting mix and planting some your Mum's favourite flowers or herbs.

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