Grow in a tight space or screen out an unsightly view with a vertical planter. This sturdy planter box has an integrated trellis, making it perfect for growing your favorite vines.
Make a Trellis Planter
Step 1: Cut the wood
Make the following cuts:
- Six ¾- x 8- x 24-inch boards
- Nine 1- x 2- x 32-inch boards
- Two 2- x 2- x 6-inch boards
- Two 2- x 2- x 14 ½-inch boards
Step 2: Assemble the base pieces
For this step you will need two ¾- x 8- x 24-inch, two 2- x 2- x 6-inch and two 2- x 2- x 14 ½-inch pieces of wood.
- Attach two 2- x 2- x 14 ½-inch pieces to the top of the long edge corners of one of the ¾- x 8- x 24-inch pieces by drilling pilot holes from the underside of the 8-inch piece, then attaching with 2-inch deck screw through the bottom of the 2- x 2- inch piece.
- Next, attach the two 2- x 2- x 6-inch pieces in the same manner to the other 8-inch base piece.
Step 3: Attach the front and back
- Create the front of the box by placing the base piece with the 2- x 2- x 14 ½-inch board on its long edge side, with the 2- x 2-inch pieces supported.
- Lay two ¾- x 8- x 24-inch boards on the 2- x 2-inch pieces flush together so that the bottom of one of the 24-inch boards is flush with the perpendicular 24-inch base board.
- Attach each board to the 2- x 2-inch pieces with two 2-inch screws each, drilling pilot holes first.
- Repeat with the other base piece, supporting the 2- x 2- x 6-inch pieces, to create the back of the box.
Step 4: Cut and attach the sides
- Place the base pieces on a level surface with the 2 x 2-inch pieces pointing upwards, and the base boards flush along their length.
- Measure the distance for the two remaining sides. The length needed should be 16 inches, but your opening may vary. Remember to measure twice, cut once.
- Cut four pieces of ¾- x 8-inch wood the span of the sides and attach them as you did in the Step 3, with two 2-inch screws per end of each board, drilling pilot holes first. You should now have a completed box.
Step 5: Build the trellis
- Lay the box on its back, with the 2- x 2- x 6-inch pieces on the ground.
- Starting from the top, lay out three of the 1- x 2- x 32-inch boards so that they’re 3 ¾ inches apart, and centered on the 2- x 2-inch pieces.
- Drill pilot holes, and attach each horizontal piece with a 2-inch screw to each 2- x 2-inch piece.
- Add another set of three cross boards 8 inches below the bottom of the lowermost 1- x 2-inch piece you just attached, spaced and attached the same way.
- Repeat these steps for the final set of three.
Step 6: Attach casters
Attach one caster to each of the four corners with 1 ¼-inch coated screws. If the planter box will be placed on a sloped surface, place the two locking casters so that they will prevent the box from rolling down the slope.
Step 7: Plant
Place in desired location, fill with potting soil, and plant vines. Water regularly.
- One ¾- x 8- x 12-foot cedar board
- One ¾- x 8- x 6-foot cedar board
- Two 2- x 2- x 6-foot cedar boards
- Two 1- x 2- x 12-foot cedar boards
- One 2- x 2- x 48-inch cedar square end baluster
- Measuring tape
- Chop saw
- Drill or screwdriver
- 1/8-inch Drill bit
- 1¼-inch coated deck screws
- 2-inch coated deck screws
- Two medium-duty swiveling casters
- Two medium-duty locking swiveling casters
- Potting soil, 2.5 to 3 cubic feet
- Vining plants
- Watering can or garden hose