10 Easy-to-Build Planters and Trellises for Spring

Updated: Feb. 29, 2024

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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Three-Season Planter Box

This three-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.

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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. Bonus: This instant (and cheap) hack makes for a great planter upgrade.

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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.

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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. Learn how to build your own deck railing planter.

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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.

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Planter Trellis Combo

Create a living privacy screen like this one that features a simple planter and trellis planter made with bamboo. You can DIY the whole thing over the course of a weekend for about $100.

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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 one morning, you can build this handsome, durable plant stand, perfect for indoor use or outside on a deck or patio.

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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.

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Patio Garden Pond and Planter

This patio pond in a wooden container holds regular and water plants. With a paint-on rubber lining that’s ultra-stretchy and UV resistant, it will last for years with little maintenance.

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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.