Elevate Your Home’s Exterior with DIY Planter Boxes

We all enjoy making our living space warm and cozy with décor like blankets, throw pillows, and candles, but what about the outside? Curb appeal provides the first impression of a home and can determine what someone might expect when they walk in the front door.

Planter boxes are the perfect way to make your outside space as inviting as the inside. We know they can be costly, so why not “DIY” them from repurposed items around your house? All you need to get started is a container for soil – the more creative, the better – a few tools and materials, and in a weekend, you can create a planter box to match your unique style! Read on for more inspiration and ideas from our Design Expert Meghan Giddens.

Wicker Baskets

Whether your design style is boho, rustic, or traditional, wicker adds texture, coziness, and warmth to your space. There are endless ways to recycle/restyle wicker, such as taking a large basket you used as a hamper and turning it into a container for larger plants or turning a smaller, rectangular basket into a window planter. Large or small, wide or narrow, round or rectangular, you can’t go wrong with wicker.


Wooden Boxes

A wooden box makes a great go-to container, and for a good reason. Wood is a timeless, natural material that can contain any plant beautifully. If you are handy with tools, you can build a custom planter that meets your ideal size, shape, and color. Place a few wooden planter boxes on your patio, windowsill, or front porch, to add natural elegance to your outdoor space.


Colorful rain boots

Add a pop of color to your outdoor decor by planting your favorite flower in an old pair of rain boots. This playful trend takes up minimal space and can be placed on your patio or in your garden to add some whimsical charm. Drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage and fill with soil, then add flowers for an inexpensive, kitschy planter.


An old birdhouse

Nothing says rustic and quaint like an old birdhouse! To turn your birdhouse into a planter, remove part of the roof and fill it with soil. Add a low-maintenance perennial for a splash of color and hang on a low branch. Your yard will look bright and welcoming, and the birds will love it too!



Shabby Chic pitcher or watering can

Are you a fan of Shabby Chic? Bring vintage style to your backyard by recycling an old pitcher or watering can and add some greenery or pastel spring flowers. Tighter, linear plantings tend to work best for this type of planter, which adds height to the container. Display the planter on a table as a centerpiece or dress up your patio furniture area for a fresh and trendy look. Pro tip: to use less soil and allow for drainage, place some rocks in the bottom of the pitcher.


For more lawn and garden tips, read our blog on planting a lease-friendly garden your family will love.


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