I am the first person to admit that I am not a do-it-yourselfer by nature. Which in my family feels a little bit weird because my parents can build anything. Don't get me wrong – they passed on some good skills to me. I can knit and sew and, as you can see, decoupage . . . but I didn't learn the DIY part. And the thing is, I want to learn! But I don't know where to begin. Does anyone else feel that way?
For me the best way to learn is to watch someone do something and then do it myself. I've been wanting to spruce up my porch a bit and that is when I heard about an awesome paver planter class that The Home Depot is teaching: how to build a paver planter! So cool, right? The Home Depot actually does these type of classes monthly, called “Do it Herself Workshops,” and they are perfect for people like me. So along those lines, I was able to receive instruction on how to build paver planters, and I'm excited to show you how to do it today! It's so easy. Let's begin.
Gather These Supplies
- Four 12 x 12 pavers
- Two 8 foot 2 x 2s
- Circular saw
- Power drill and bits
- Caulking gun and construction adhesive
- Utility knife
- Sandpaper block
- Tape measure
- 2 bungee cords
- 3″ exterior deck screws
- Small roll of landscaping fabric
- Soil and plants!
The first step in building your paver planters is to cut your 2 x 2s into four pieces of 16″ and eight pieces of 12″. If you don't know how to use a saw – don't worry. The Do It Herself workshop is interactive and hands-on! It's a great opportunity to fine tune your DIY skills and pick up tips and advice from the pros.
Pre-drill and countersink the 2 x 2 pieces together, with the 16˝ pieces forming the legs, and the 12˝ pieces forming the support between the legs. This is where me and a friend of mine who was helping went off the grid a little bit.
We screwed together the base of the frame first. Then we did two sides separately:
We placed a thick bead of adhesive along the inside edges of the frame, added the paver, and screwed it all together (be careful not to get the adhesive on the paver or wood frame). As I said, we made the bottom, and then in this step we did two sides.
We then set the pavers in a square as shown, so that we could drop the base right on top. We added adhesive – placed the base in – and then set the remaining screws. We then placed a bungee cord around the entire planter to hold it together and let it dry overnight!
And guess what . . . ? It was so fun and easy that we made TWO!
Building a paver planter makes me feel like a DIY whiz! I'm ready to tackle other projects. So I'm going to tell you what you need to do – grab a girlfriend (or two or more) and head to The Home Depot on the third Thursday of each month for The Home Depot’s DIH Workshop.
If you are interested in learning how to build pallet planters, they are cool too – go here.