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10 Easy-to-Build Planters and Trellises for Spring

Whether you have a lot of space to fill with greenery or you just want to build a simple window box, we have you covered. Check out these 10 great outdoor projects for spring!

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3-Season Planter BoxFamily Handyman

3-Season Planter Box

This 3-season planter box uses plastic containers or liners to keep moisture and dirt away from the wooden parts, meaning it will survive the outdoors a lot longer than other planters. Learn how to build the 3-season planter box here.

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Stripped-Down Window PlanterFamily Handyman

Stripped-Down Window Planter

This window box planter is so easy to make—it's all curves and circles. The ingenious design, besides being easy-to-build, also means it resists rot far better than traditional window boxes. Learn how to build this wooden planter box alternative here.

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Cedar and Copper Trellis PlanterFamily Handyman

Cedar and Copper Trellis Planter

Climbing plants like vines and roses lend a lot of charm to an ordinary garden, especially when they're winding up a trellis planter as stunning as this one. And its character just grows richer as the wood turns gray and the copper develops a beautiful green patina. Get the full plans for this cedar and copper trellis planter here.

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Railing-Mounted Deck PlanterFamily Handyman

Railing-Mounted Deck Planter

In a little under an hour, you can make this simple railing-mounted planter. All you need is some standard gutter parts. Get the plans for this deck planter here.

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Save Your Back with a Self-Watering PlanterFamily Handyman

Save Your Back with a Self-Watering Planter

Build a raised planting bed and have tonight's salad at your fingertips! This attractive cedar design uses perforated drain pipe to store and distribute the water. Get the full plans for this raised-bed planter here.

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Planter Trellis ComboFamily Handyman

Planter Trellis Combo

Create a living privacy screen. These plans feature a simple planter and trellis planter made with bamboo. You can do it in a weekend for about $100.

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Tiered Plant StandFamily Handyman

Tiered Plant Stand

Show off your gardening skills with this simple multi-level plant stand. It's easy to build from seven 8-ft.-long 1x2s. In just a morning, you can build this handsome, durable plant stand, perfect for indoor use or outside on a deck or patio. Get the plans for this tiered plant stand here.

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Arbor and BenchesFamily Handyman

Arbor and Benches

Build this simple seating/planter/arbor project to create a quiet, private space in your yard or on a deck. It provides shade and comfort as well as a welcome screen from neighbors. You can install it on an existing patio or build it on your deck. Get the full plans for this arbor and benches here.

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Patio Garden Pond and PlanterFamily Handyman

Patio Garden Pond and Planter

This patio pond in a wooden container holds both water plants and regular plants. With a paint-on rubber lining that's ultra-stretchy and UV resistant, it'll last years with little maintenance. Get the full details on how to build this patio garden pond planter here.

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Build a Copper Trellis for Your GardenFamily Handyman

Build a Copper Trellis for Your Garden

Build a unique, natural-looking garden trellis for your climbing flowers and vines using standard copper water pipe. This long-lasting copper trellis is made entirely from 1/2-in. and 3/4-in. copper pipe soldered into a repeating ladder pattern. Copy our design, or create your own using the techniques we show here.