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Build a Paver Planter the Easy Way!

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

Are you ready to learn how to build a paver planter? I have such a cool (and easy) tutorial for you today!

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!

DIY Planter from Pavers

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.

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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
  • Paintbrush
  • Stain
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • 2 bungee cords
  • 3″ exterior deck screws
  • Small roll of landscaping fabric
  • Soil and plants!
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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.

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You are then going to sand and stain your wood. I’ve always found the easy way to stain is to brush it on and wipe off the excess with a cloth. Let everything dry.

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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:

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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.

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We then set the pavers in a square as shown, so that we could drop the base right on top. Next step is to add adhesive – place the base in – and then set the remaining screws. Then we 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!

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.
Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

To finish, you’ll line the planters with landscaping fabric and add the plants of your choice. You can also drop pots directly into your paver planters.

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.
Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.
Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

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.

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

What do you think of my amazing planters? I hope you like them!

Make a paver planter! DIY plant boxes with a modern look are easy and inexpensive to make with square concrete pavers and adhesive.

Paver Planter

Yield: 1 planter
Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25

Learn how to make a DIY planter using concrete garden pavers! This is a really easy project, and will look great on your porch. It's inexpensive to make, too.

Materials

  • Four 12 x 12 pavers
  • Two 8 foot 2 x 2s
  • Caulking gun and construction adhesive
  • Sandpaper block
  • Stain
  • Pencil
  • 3" exterior deck screws
  • Small roll of landscaping fabric
  • Soil and plants

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Power drill and bits
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 bungee cords
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

Instructions

  1. Cut your 2 x 2s into four pieces of 16" and eight pieces of 12" using the circular saw.
  2. Sand and remove any dust with a tack cloth.
  3. Stain your wood - brush on the liquid stain and wipe the excess off with a cloth. Let dry.
  4. 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.
  5. Place a paver down on the ground. Place two of the 16" pieces on each side, and one 12" piece at the bottom.
  6. Place a thick bead of adhesive along the inside edges of the wood frame, glue to the paver, and then screw the wood pieces together.
  7. Set the pavers in a square with the bottoms up, and place beads of adhesive along the bottom of the concrete pavers.
  8. Place the base into the adhesive and set the remaining screws. Place a bungee cord around the planter and let dry overnight.
  9. To finish, line the planters with landscaping fabric and add the plants of your choice. You can also drop pots directly into your DIY planters.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by The Home Depot via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Home Depot.

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Malia

Sunday 19th of April 2015

Amy, this is so cool! It makes me feel empowered!!!

Rachel

Friday 17th of April 2015

These look amazing! Thanks for sharing! The Do It Herself Workshops also look like a lot of fun!

Christy @ Our Southern Home

Friday 17th of April 2015

Great tutorial! These are so cool!

Barbara

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Pretty. Lovely. "I made them myself." But why?

nancy

Thursday 16th of April 2015

I'm team captain for the do it herself workshop in my store...so tell me..where did you find pavers that were 12 x12?..because every paver I measured (and I measured many of them) were not 12 x 12...they differed in sizes from 11-3/8" to 11-5/8" and none of them were consistent from one side to the other. This is a good project...but so heavy that when I finished building it on my workbench in the store's workshop, I couldn't lift it! I hope the women at your DIH are stronger than mine!

Amy

Thursday 16th of April 2015

Hi Nancy! I didn't measure my pavers exactly - so there may have been some variation. But if there was it was not noticeable in our finished projects! Also it does take two people to move. But once we got them to the porch they are in place and look great :D