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Easy to Build Patio DIY Planter- Outdoor Extravaganza

Late last fall we built a deck on the back of our home, it has just been sitting there waiting to get used. I’ve been so excited for the weather to warm up so I could get at it. The first up was to add some pretty flowers, and after finding some cute dollar store plant pots, I knew I wanted to create a DIY planter for flowers.

Easy to build DIY Patio Planter for $10!!

The best way to get motivated to start working on projects for our back deck was to join some of my blogger friends in an Outdoor Extravaganza! You may remember back at Christmas when I participated in the One Item Challenge, this idea is similar where each week we will have a theme to kick off our outdoor ideas. Big thanks toSatori Design for Living for hosting!

This week the task at hand is Plants and Flowers- how suiting!

Outdoor extravaganza

Satori Design for Living | The Happy House | Echoes of Laughter | The Blissful Bee | Craftberry Bush

Easy to build DIY Patio Planter for $10!!

Aren’t these little plant pots I found at Dollaramma the cutest? and only $2 each! I knew I had to find a way to incorporate them into a planter design.

How to build a DIY Planter

You will need:

  • 3- 2x2x8 spruce
  • 1- 1x6x8 spruce
  • jig saw, chop saw
  • Brad nailer or screws
  • Gorilla Glue, pencil
  • Paint

How to make a patio planter

You’ll have to forgive me for the crazy angle, stick drawing above, I totally forgot to take process photos (silly me). 


From the 2×2’s you will need 2- 36“, 2- 44“, 2-7“, 2- 21-1/2“.  From the 1×6 you will need- 2- 24-1/2“, 5- 10-3/4


  1. Assemble each side of the DIY planter as shown in the first figure. The height of the bottom shelf,  is 11″ from the ground. Using a generous amount of Gorilla Glue on each joint, and brad nailing (or screwing if desired) a few times in to each joint.
  2. Create a circle template in proportion to the size of your flower pots. *Tip- to find the appropriate size of circle, wrap a piece of string around the place on the planter where you would like them to fit into. Then use the string to measure around a circular object for tracing. 
  3. Attach the two side pieces in figure 1 together with the 21-1/2″ 2×2’s (shown in orange), Then stabilize with the 1×6’s on the top.
  4. Now that the frame is built you can piece the shelf together using the remaining pieces of 1×6. Notch out the boards for the ends by tracing the 2×2 in the corners of two boards.
  5. Paint with desired color. I used Swan Lake 201-2 from Voice of Color in Exterior Manor Hall Flat finish.

How to build an easy DIY patio planter

You should be able to whip together this cute outdoor planter in no time at all!

Choosing the plants to fill the flower pots is the best part! I chose colourful hyacinth bulbs. I know they won’t last through the summer, but once the blossoms fade I’ll plant the bulbs in the backyard and choose something that can waterfall out of the pots.

Easy to build DIY Patio Planter for $10!!

I can’t get enough of these cute flower pots, they make me smile from ear to ear!

Dollar Store flower pots displayed in a DIY patio planter

Could this color scheme be any more happy? I love how the Coral Silk crate compliments this little deck planter too!

Easy DIY outdoor patio planter

You might remember that Blue Tang chair from the Patio Furniture Makeover I did last summer. The leftover piece of fabric from the kitchen makeover really ties all the colors together so well (or it might be telling me something else about my color choices?!).

Dollar Store flower pots displayed in a DIY patio planter

Thanks for joining me today to check out this easy to build DIY planter, I hope the sweet flower pots left you smiling.

Disclosure: The paint for this project was provided by PPG Voice of Color. All ideas, projects and opinions are my own. 

Stop by these other blogs for more outdoor inspiration

Beautiful Gardening Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza

Texas Centerpiece by The Blissful Bee

Front Yard Garden Tour by The Happy Housie

Vintage Tool Box Flower & Herb Planters by Satori Design for Living

DIY Patio Planter by Fynes Designs (you’re here)

How to Make a Fairy Garden by Echoes of Laughter

Be inspired by my Deck Ideas Pinterest board

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  1. Love how bright and cheery your planter and flower pots look. Perfect for spring and summer. Glad to have you on board once again!

  2. I love this project so much Virginia! The colours are fabulous! I wish I had your power tool buidling abilities-minus the nail in the thumb part! lol! I am sharing this on my Facebook page! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  3. This is such a cute little flower cart Virginia- I love the little buckets. I have seen those same ones at my local dollarama – I think I need to pick a few of them up, now! Love the whole colour scheme:) Right up my alley!

  4. hi this flower cute is so stinkin cute!! I love the colors. If you have time, we’d love for you to link this up to our Something to Talk About Link Party that is live tomorrow morning at 6 am est. Have a great night, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  5. Absolutly adorable! I am crazy for all the bright colors!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link Party!
    Have a great week!

  6. What a great idea – LOVE the colors! I just spent the weekend planting flowers and veggies and wish I would have had something like this. Maybe I’ll still make it and get some more plants 🙂 Super cute project!

  7. Oh wow! This is beautiful and so colorful and cheery. I would love to make one of these. I’m pinning this for later.

  8. This is absolutely beautiful. Love it. Great work 🙂 Pinned because it deserves to be shared.

    Stopping by from the Ladies Collective linkup, have a nice week!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  9. So beautiful and colourful! I love how you styled it, too. Found you on Artsy Fartsy link party 🙂

  10. beautiful! thanks for sharing the diy. great idea for the planters too – move the bulbs and plant something new as the year progresses! thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle!

  11. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party this looks amazing, and I love the bright colours! Pinned & tweeted, Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  12. I’m dropping by from the Live Laugh Rowe link party. I absolutely adore this planter! It is so stinkin’ cute! And those colorful pots. I wish I had several dozens of them on my patio!

    I’m trying to grow my own link party. I invite you to share this idea (and 2-3 more) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party at http://grandmaideas.com/grandma-ideas-link-party-17. I think that my readers would really enjoy your idea. You are such a talented person!

    All the best,

  13. This is very pretty! And very Spring like!

    I found your post at Small Victories Sunday Linkup.

  14. This planter is adorable…thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time… Tammy

  15. Absolutely adorable!! And those cute little planters are totally what drew me to your post. 🙂 The colors are perfect! Featuring this at Motivational Monday tomorrow night. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  16. Cute cute cute! I love this planter and the beautiful colors of your outdoor space! Amazing photos!! Thanks for sharing with us at the Home Matters #homematters Linky party. We hope you join us again!

  17. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7pm because we love to party with you! Happy Memorial Day! Lou Lou Girls

  18. bright beautiful and filled with the blooms of spring. Thank your for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Tuesday xo

  19. Thank you so much for sharing your adorable planter at Share It One More Time… you are one of the features today…Tammy

  20. I really love to see those colorful planters ..and the rack as well. Such a great addition to our spring and summer 🙂

  21. How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Patio DIY Planter made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Virginia! 🙂

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