DIY Planter for Curb Appeal and Garden Design

Do you know what is one of the simplest ways to add value to your home? Curb appeal. Yep, that first impression you give to the passerby or guest coming to visit, or even a potential buyer. Maybe we all can’t afford to have our home landscaped, but we can sure add things to pump up the outside of our home. Today I’m sharing the newest addition to my curb appeal arsenal with my DIY planter. Two for less than $40!! {{fist pump}} Let me show you how easy it really can be with a new tool.

Add curb appeal to your home with this DIY planter with free build plans by Prodigal Pieces |

I’m just a little stoked to get these done and share them with you as I have had them in my brain for quite some time. From start to finish I made this pair in a day. I’m tickled at how versatile they are for any decor – leave them natural or add your favorite stain or paint. You can even adjust the dimensions to suit your space.

Easy Build DIY Planter with plans by Prodigal Pieces |

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Add Curb Appeal with Planters - Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Ready to become that weekend warrior and take your home to a new level? Let’s get our build on with this DIY planter!

TERMS OF USE: when you create this planter, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own. This planter design can not be used as decor in a store either online or brick and mortar. Thanks for complying!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials – wood can be either pressure treated pine or cedar


Okay, so now you have your supplies and tools we can get started. To begin, I typically I like to cut my pieces at once and then assemble all together. However, I’m going to suggest you cut all but the thin strips for the “X” on the side. I’ll explain in a bit.

Step 1: Assemble the Frame

DIY Planter Frame Layout by Prodigal Pieces |

Using your Kreg Jig set at ¾” bit depth and ¾” hole depth, drill both ends of your 11″ cross pieces on the same face. I look for the face that has imperfections so that I can have the best side facing out.

Using Kreg Jig to Make DIY Planter | Prodigal Pieces |

Once those pieces are prepped, we are going to mark on our 26″ posts. Measure 2″ in on one end and 3″ in on the other end for all four posts. Using your drill, attach the cross pieces at the 2″ and 3″ intervals as the diagram shows above. Check each side to see if they’re level. Being a little off won’t matter much, but we do need it to be pretty square for the next step.

Step 2: Creating your “X” pieces

Now you have your empty frame. The next step is more of a prepping stage than building. For this quick fix lady, I found it easier to make my “X” cuts before I attached the side panels. Here’s why: trying to figure those angles and moving my miter saw back and forth would be a pain. So I measured a top corner diagonal down to the bottom corner. I added a bit to the length for overlap and then cut one of the strips to length.(approximately 22″)

After I had that diagonal length piece, I laid the planter frame on top of it and marked the angles as shown below.

Planter Frame Laying Down | Prodigal Pieces |

Tracing Planter Side Splats | Prodigal Pieces |

Now that you have your markings, you can cut it with a jig saw. Much easier than figuring angles. Next, you need to create the alternate “X” pieces. I put the piece I just cut in my frame as a dry fit and then measured from the upper right corner to the “X” piece. Again, cut it a little longer to allow for angled cuts. Lay it against the frame and mark. Likewise, repeat that process for the opposing corner.

Here is what mine looked like in a dry fit – not attached yet. Not bad if I do say so myself for my first try at a DIY  planter.

Dry Fit Planters | Prodigal Pieces |

At this point, you will continue cutting and working around your frame using your first “X” as a stencil. All of your sides will not be perfect, so using the jig saw to make tweaks as you dry-fit each side will make it go faster.

Step 3: Install side panels

When all your “X”‘s are cut, you can being to install the side panels. I preferred a more rustic look to my planter with the fence panels being left shaggy. However, you could certainly clean them up with a bench top planer to take it off for a sleek look.

You will be using four of the boards in standard width, and four boards in the ripped dimensions above.

First, attach your standard width boards using your nailer as shown. You will be attaching at both the top and bottom.

Interior Side 1 of DIY Planter | Prodigal Pieces |

Using Ryobi AirStrike Nailer to make planter | Prodigal Pieces |

Next, using your ripped board, attach those onto the other two sides remaining. Your DIY planter is almost there!

Side Panel 2 of Planter Plans | Prodigal Pieces |

Step 4: Attaching the “X” pieces

Attach your pre-cut “X” pieces using your brad nailer and 1″ brads. This part is self explanatory.

Dimensions for DIY Planter ~ Added Curb Appeal | Prodigal Pieces |

Step 5: Adding the bottom slats

Since I built two of these in one day, I had plenty of scrap and needed to add a few bottom slats to hold the soil in. Your build may be different than mine, so I measured my finished build from side to side and then cut accordingly. To attach them, I simply used my Kreg Jig again to make pocket holes as shown below. Easy-peasy.

Bottom View of Farmhouse Planter | Prodigal Pieces |

Step 6: Paint or Stain (if desired)

Fun part, fun part!! I love to build, but seeing your project come to fruition in the finish is glorious. This is the point where you can leave the DIY planter as-is and they will age with the weather, or you can seal them with either an outdoor paint or stain. I choose to use a solid stain by Thompson’s WaterSeal in Acorn Brown and a new favorite tool, the HomeRight Light Duty Stain Sprayer.

Thompson's WaterSeal and HomeRight Stain Sprayer for Planter Finish | Prodigal Pieces |

I have long told you how much I love my HomeRight Finish Max and Heavy Duty Sprayer, and you can see evidence in these past projects. This sprayer is just as fun.  So much so that I stopped to make a video since I was impressed!

Spraying Pine Planter with HomeRight Stain Sprayer | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comSubscribe to Prodigal Pieces on YouTube for DIY video tutorials and a whole lotta fun |

This thing knocked my socks off! I should have known it would be so cool, but man, what a back, time, and stress saver!Using the HomeRight Stain Sp;rayer to stain planters | Prodigal Pieces |

Now my mind is reeling about what else I can get done around here AND where was this thing when I brushed our pergola?? {{head-smack}}

Okay…let’s contine, shall we? deep breath.

Step 7: Line the planter

Your stain or paint is done. Next, grab your roll of black plastic liner and cut two 5′ lenghts. (or longer if needed) I found mine at a local home improvement store for $8 for a 50′ roll.

Find center of your plastic and stuff it down into the planter. Starting at one side, fold the top edges flush with the top of the planter. Overlap the plastic at two sides that need it and staple up. Last, finish by stapling around the top edge to secure.

Attaching Planter Liner | Prodigal Pieces |

Planter Liner Installed | Prodigal Pieces |

Finally, give yourself a high five and fill that puppy up! You can use a topiary, trees, or like I did and grab a hanging basket flower bunch and drop it in.

Build these DIY Planters for added curb appeal. Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Style Planter with Plans by Prodigal Pieces |

Not only do I now have some updated planters for each season of the year, but I even made some for our garage door area too (aka workshop – who needs cars in there anyway?). Curb appeal here I come!

Faux Wood Garage Door with DIY Planter Tutorial at Prodigal Pieces |

I love how that stain matched my faux wood treatment I did a few years ago. See the tutorial HERE.

Build this Planter in One Day by Prodigal Pieces |

My hope is that you are inspired to give this DIY planter a try, if not for yourself, then certainly a gift would be sweet. In order to boost your confidence and fun, I’m giving away one of these awesome HomeRight Stain Sprayers to you! Easy entry – just fill out the widget below. Giveaway open to U.S. Residents. (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)
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Up next, it’s Furniture Fixer Upper time and this vintage tea cart is getting a new lease on life. Come see the after HERE.

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Until next time!

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In addition, more build plans like my DIY planter:

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  • Janice

    You are a pro with tools. I always have to get my husband to help me. Love the planter boxes.

    April 25, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Janice! It is a treat to have a husband to work with too.

      April 25, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Love the design of the planters. A stain sprayer? Hmmm, I will need to check into that.

    April 25, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You would love it, Debra.

      April 25, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply
  • JILL

    Sounds like a life saver for some projects!

    April 25, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I kid you not. 😀

      April 25, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Deanna Hart

    Beautiful project! I really like the color you chose as well. What would I do with a stain sprayer?! I’ve got an entire deck that needs to be re-stained, I know exactly how I’d use it!! 🙂

    April 25, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      wahoo!! That is perfect. 😀

      April 25, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    I love the design of your planters. Thanks for the tutorial.

    April 25, 2017 at 7:48 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Ah! These are so pretty! I am also a homeschooling mama, and am completely impressed you have the time to squeeze in everything– You’re my hero 😉 I have a chicken house that would really love that stain sprayer (I’m sure that is just the beginning, lol!) Thanks again for all your great ideas. You motivate me to step out of my comfort zone!

    April 25, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wish I had a chicken house! I even asked the mayor and he said no. 🙁 The neighboring city allows hens and I wish they would here!

      April 25, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply
      • Rebecca

        Ugh, I wish they would too! My kids spend most of their days running around the yard hugging chickens. (Apparently it’s pretty therapeutic 😉

        April 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          I’m with the kids! hahaha….

          April 27, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Christina Kintyhtt

    Just liloveve following you wonderful as always im going to try and. Make thosr have a wonderful day

    April 25, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a treat to hear. Hope you have fun with it, Christina!

      April 25, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Cindy

    You are super handy with tools!! Love that your kids enjoy the process, too:)

    April 25, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My motto has always been #toolsoverjewels (even before hashtags as I am old…ha!)

      April 25, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a table and some chairs I would try the sprayer out on. Thanks for the chance to win!

    April 25, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Great planters! Your house is darling and has plenty of curb appeal. Love the video, you are too cute.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Love your planter boxes.
    Have a shadowbox fence that needs to be redone so the sprayer sure would come in handy for doing such a large job. Much quicker and easier with a sprayer than using a brush I’m sure.
    Thank You for this giveaway opportunity

    April 25, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, I am looking to do my picket fence too. What a blast…literally!

      April 25, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Lee Ann Oliverio

    Looks awesome and your tutorials are the best! I would use the sprayer on an old trunk I want to refurbish.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Elaine

    What a perfect spring project! I love how they add height to the entry.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Carole

    Love the planters! That sprayer would save me so much time! Would use it FIRST on my drop leaf dining table.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
  • Carol S

    Aha! A stain sprayer – very cool. My decks and pergola are so ready for a refresh! Super job on the planters!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • LeeAnn

    I have been dreaming of owning one of these! I have some chairs sitting in my garage I need to paint! Love these planters though!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sprayers make life so much easier. You must get one!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Anna Hunley

    Those are so cute! I love seeing everything you do on IG! I’d love to make some for my porch to hide the ugly cement! Outside projects intimidate me because it’s outside of my wheelhouse (pun intended?) but this tool looks easy to use!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…this would be perfect!

      April 27, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Cathy

    wonderful job as usual kiddo! I would use the sprayer to re-do the bench we gave my father-in-law as a father’s day gift. He has since passed and we were able to keep it. It’s very sentimental to my husband.

    April 25, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Wow — these are beautiful, Larissa! Despite my minimal carpentry skills, I believe I could manage this build. They would look so pretty flanking our side entry. Thank you for the opportunity to win the stain sprayer. It is definitely something that would get used around here!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Vanessa

    Our deck is in terrible shape and needs to be stained badly !!! I see this stain sprayer as being the answer to our dilemma. Thank you for this informative post.

    April 25, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply

    I would use the sprayer for kitchen cabinets. Would be spook much easier than using a paint brush.

    April 25, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Tammy Lott

    The planters look great!
    A stain sprayer would mean lots of fun projects get done at my house!

    April 25, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You can imagine my excitement. 😀

      April 27, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    What a difference substantial planters can make versus the pot the plants come in. And what a cost savings over a store bought planter!

    April 25, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, those pots they come in are horrid, but functional. I am so happy to have saved so much!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Nancy Carroll

    Love the planter boxes! Great job!

    April 25, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Maria

    I’ve always wanted a paint sprayer – thanks for the opportunity! And your planters are beautiful – I love the flower choice 🙂

    April 25, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sprayers are a life saver for sure.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Jenni Rach

    I have a dining room china cabinet that could use this sprayer!

    April 25, 2017 at 11:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be sweet!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Becky Drake

    I don’t know if I could do all that measuring and cutting, but I’d like to try!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    April 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It really goes fast once you start. You can do it! And my pleasure.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply
  • Sandra

    Great idea. I have been thinking along the same lines about putting some planters near my front door. I have found that planters by the front door are a great way to incorporate the colors of the season. (In the winter, I use artificial greenery).
    I’ve been thinking about getting a sprayer to make painting easier. I have a big painting project for this summer. I moved into my home this past September and the fence in the back yard needs to be stained. I am not looking forward to doing this by hand — one unstained/bare wood slat at a time.

    April 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! I put faux greens in mine during the winter and plant during spring, summer. So fun! Sounds like you need this sprayer too.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:47 am Reply
  • Melissa

    Love them. I have to make some of these.

    April 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • Christi

    I think I’d start by refinishing the front porch decking. That would give me a spot to put out some lovely planters like you did.

    April 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like a perfect plan. I love the feeling when it’s all done.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:47 am Reply
  • Esther G

    I have a headboard and nightstand on my diy list. Your blog is so inspirational…makes me think I can tackle things I wouldn’t have otherwise!

    April 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a treat to hear, Ester. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Fonda Rush

    I have a bookshelf that could use a make-over!

    April 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Noel Q

    After 13 years of homeschooling, we are finally graduating our first student!! YAY!!!
    I am looking for some new things to tackle this summer before we heard right back into getting the next 4 graduated! One of the projects on my list is to refinish the rockers and benches on our patio. This sprayer would make that go oh so much faster that I could actually sit and maybe read a completely non-school related book or 2 this summer 🙂

    April 25, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hip, hip HOORAY!! Congratulations to all of you as I know it takes a family to make it through. We hope to be there some day.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Charlene

    Love it! You sure are handy with tools.

    April 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You know what I say…#toolsoverjewels 😀

      April 27, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Patti

    My husband does woodworking projects and he often times likes to stain the pieces he makes. I’m sure we could make great use of this handy tool. ?

    April 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I bet he could. Better start that honey-do list. 😉

      April 27, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Paula

    Cute planters! Thanks for the plans so we can do too! We need to “finish” a picnic table that we built. The sprayer would save alotta energy!

    April 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…it would indeed because I hand-stained my a couple of years ago and it’s a 12′ table with 4 benches. I soooo could’ve used this thing!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Melanie

    Awesome job!!

    April 25, 2017 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Oh, Larissa, you just keep bringing the best to us! I love these planters! What a sweet giveaway, thank you for the opportunity! Wish I had it now… we’re redoing our deck. But I can always find something else!

    April 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I give it my best, Patty. Thank you for saying so. You certainly will find uses for it! I do!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:50 am Reply
  • Sandy

    i love how you can see something new in something old. The stain sprayer looks amazing.

    April 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Sandy. It really is an amazing tool.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:50 am Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, you a such a power tool diva, I am so impressed with your idea, these planters came out better than store bought! I love that you can customize your plans to fit your own needs. I would love to win the HomeRight Stain sprayer to take care of my deck, railings, and stairs this summer!

    April 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee hee. I love to build more than anything, just need the time to do it. Sounds like this sprayer would get a workout at your house. 😀

      April 27, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Jessie

    I would paint my son’s dresser.

    April 25, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • Nicole Martin

    I love the planters! I have a beautiful older bench that I would love to spruce up!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I have one that’ll be getting renewed too. Yay!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Brenda Van Riper

    These planters are awesome and since Iam disabled this sprayer would make it so much easier Thank You for the giveaway!!!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Rachel

    I absolutely love your build! I would paint a pair of side tables I recently bought.

    April 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Rachel. Thank you.

      April 27, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Michelle

    The dressers sitting in my garage!

    April 26, 2017 at 12:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      yahoo!! Sounds like a plan!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Michelle

    These are absolutely adorable! Nice work!

    April 26, 2017 at 1:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…thank, Michelle!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Sian

    I would tackle my deck and porch!

    April 26, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Crystal

    I love all of your work and tutorials!

    April 26, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Huge hugs to you, Crystal!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Mike Bartley

    Waay nicer than the pallet one I made for my home

    April 26, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…I’m happy to hear you like it, Mike. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply
  • Melinda

    I am so amazed by what you can do! I would love to be able to do half of what you can accomplish,love the planters!!

    April 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I try to share productive ideas for you and I totally appreciate you saying so. Thank you!

      April 27, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Karen Baumgardner

    Love the planters, they look wonderful and very “upscale” too. I would love the sprayer – we put in a new wood fence last fall and now it needs to be stained…would that ever be a time saver, and yes, save our backs, too, lol. Thanks for the opportunity.

    April 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      This would be perfect for that, for sure.

      April 27, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
  • Lori

    We just bought our first home! I would love to win these for it. 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      These would be perfect!

      April 27, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply
  • Bridgett Wilbur

    I just love the project you did, and if I won, I would make the same project as your my for my front porch. They look amazing.

    April 27, 2017 at 2:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Now that’s a compliment! Thank you.

      April 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply
  • Annette

    Love your build! I would tackle my fence. I don’t like the color.

    April 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This would make it a breeze.

      April 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Karyn

    Adorable planters! I’d love to use the sprayer for my deck which is in desperate need of staining!

    April 28, 2017 at 12:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This would make your work so much easier. Thanks for stopping by!

      April 28, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Kaitlyn

    I love browsing your beautiful creations! I’ve done a few but I’m not nearly as awesome as you! Do you by chance have a blog about your favorite paints, stains, waxes, etc.? I’ve just been using what my local hardware store has but I would like to use something else.. Thank you!!!

    April 28, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a fun thing to hear. Thanks! I typically use a Glidden paint, RustOleum stains, and make my own wax. Nothing fancy, but I do use other brands from time to time. Just depends on what I’m after. Have a good one!

      April 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    Love the planters but would like to know what the wreath is made of. Boxwood? What kind of frame used? It’s beautiful. Thank you

    May 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is a faux boxwood wreath with pre-lit lights from Balsam Hill.

      May 2, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Ashley Manning

    Can you tell me what color the front door is? 🙂

    July 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s a custom color I mixed myself. Sorry. 🙂

      July 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm Reply

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