DIY Porch Planter Boxes

One of my favorite parts of being a Lowe’s Creative Blogger is the push that it gives to me get some of the projects that are floating around in my head, finished!  You know…those things you would love to have but just don’t find the time or the motivation to tackle?

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I have wanted some tall porch planters for a long time to spice up my front porch.  I, of course, never want to pay the prices that planters like these cost, especially when we can make them for much cheaper!

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And perhaps my favorite part of this post is the fact that I am then “forced” to plant flowers in March.  Those flowers have made me happier than they should every time I see them.  They make me feel like winter is over…even when it’s snowing outside!

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Want to make some Porch Planters for your home? Here is how we made them…

Materials needed for ONE Porch Box Planter:

Non-pine wood (pine will shrink)

2 side panels 10 inches (width) x 24 inches (height)

2 (front & back panel) 11 inches width at top tapering down to 9 inches in width at the bottom x 24 inches (height)

decorative molding for the top

2 scrap pieces for the inside to hold the bottom

bottom panel

decorative drawer handle or pull (we used old ones we had pulled off a dresser & spray painted black)

Dremel Saw Max

nails (nail gun)

wood glue

painter’s caulk

drill (1/2 inch drill bit)

Stain paint or wood stain (we used Olympic Maximum stain paint in the Pewter color)

river rock (gravel)

potting soil

boxwood plant (or plant of your choice)

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1.  Cut your 2 side panels.  We cut ours 10 x 24 inches.

2.  Cut your front and back panels.  We cut them so that they were wider on top and smaller on the bottom so that the porch planter had a bit of an angle to it instead of a straight rectangle.  The top was 11 inches and the bottom of the panel measured 9 inches.  We just drew a straight line from the 11 to the 9 inches with a ruler and cut on the line to taper the angle.  (Pictured above with the saw cutting from the bottom up).

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3.  Add glue to the ends of the side panels and glue the box together.  The front panels went on first with the side panels behind them so the seam is not visible from the front.

4.  Add some nails along the sides to hold the wood together firmly.  You will want the extra support for the weight of the wet soil.

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5.  After the wood glue has dried, you can caulk the seams inside and out so you have a nice clean edge and finish.  Use the proper caulk depending on if you will be staining or painting the planters.

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6.  Take some decorative molding and measure the top of your planter and cut it according to the size and style you chose to make a nice finishing edge around the planter.  Cut and nail and glue into place and then caulk the seams.

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7.  Take some scrap pieces (just a strip of wood) and nail them into the base of the planter on the side or front panels.  This will be the base and support for the base of your planter.

8.  Measure a square piece of wood that will fit into the bottom of your planter and will rest of your side supports.  We drilled three holes into the base so that the water can drain out properly.

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9.  Sand the edges so you have a nice, smooth finish.  Paint the inside and the outside to give you protection from the moisture and the outside elements.  We chose a paint stain to give us a long lasting protection from the weather.  Let dry.

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10.  Fill with gravel or rock in the bottom…about 2 inches.  Fill the rest with potting soil and then add your plant.

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This is a really quick project and I LOVE the way they updated my front porch.  I also picked up a couple of fun, green and white, SPRINGY pillows from Lowes.  I also threw together a monogrammed pillow to personalize things as well.  I simply made a pillow cover out of a canvas paint drop cloth (one that I have used for several projects here) and stenciled the letter H on it.

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I am still loving my black front door and if you are interested in how to paint your front door, be sure to refer to my tutorial in the link.

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*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Lowe’s for my time and participation in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer Network. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.



Lowe’s “curb appeal” challenge & giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!!

This month, as one of Lowe’s Creative Bloggers, I was given the challenge of spicing up the “curb appeal” of my home.  I was a little bit more excited about this challenge than I should have been. 

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The front of my house needed some serious attention.  It is not that I didn’t want to work on making it nicer…it just that it was a fairly big undertaking and we always had more pressing items on the to do list.

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The bushes in the front of our house and the sides of the front porch were overgrown and needed to be removed.  In December, we had a huge windstorm with winds over 100 mph.  The wind blew from the East and both of these bushes sustained permanent damage on the East sides.  All the vegetation had been completely stripped from them.  It was time for them to go for good.

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And those decorative trees?  Well they both were also pretty badly beat up.  One was completely broken in half…which is why it is leaning up on the brick wall.  The potted plants?  Well…both of those got blown right out of the pots.  We had replanted them hoping they would survive…but as you can see…they didn’t fare too well.  And…how do you manage to have a plant that is dead on one side and not the other?  Ha!

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So this “curb appeal” was JUST the motivation I needed to get this area fancied up.  We got to work ripping out the two main bushes and a couple of smaller ones as well.  Then we bought some plants and flowers to add some much needed color and texture to the front of our home.

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And…I FINALLY got the nerve up to paint my front door black!  Can I get a holler?  I have always LOVED black front doors.  We bought some new door hardware from Lowe’s which made a huge difference in the overall look of the finished front porch area.  I will be sure to share some things I learned and the products I used for painting the front door.

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We also picked up these nice chairs from Lowe’s so we can sit on our front porch at night and enjoy the nice Summer Evenings we get here.  This is also where we come and enjoy a good summer afternoon rainstorm. 

I am really happy with how the whole look of the front of my home has changed.  It was quite a bit of work…but it really needed to be done.  And guess what?  Lowe’s want to help one of you update your curb appeal.

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Want to win $100 in the form of a Lowe’s Gift Card? I thought you might! What do you have to do? Simply follow the directions below…

To Enter:

Leave a comment, on this post, telling me what “curb appeal” project you’d tackle with $100 from Lowe’s.

That’s it folks!!  Can’t get any easier than that can it?

*This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and over only.  Contest closes on Tuesday, June 5 at noon MST.  Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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And if you haven’t already, head on over to Lowe’s and sign up for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:

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**I was given a gift card by Lowe’s to create my Lowe’s Makeover Challenge this month.  However all opinions and statements are my own.

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