How to Build a Strawberry Pyramid

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Strawberry Pyramid

Celebrate strawberry season by building this simple, elegant strawberry pyramid in an afternoon. Cut the lumber yourself if you have some woodworking experience or make it easy by having the boards pre-cut at your local home improvement store. Next, be sure to choose a sunny spot in your yard – strawberry plants do best with 8 hours of full sunlight. Then watch the video, scroll down for instructions, or download our printable PDF guide to build our strawberry pyramid.




DETAILS:
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours*
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Approximate Cost: $115 (including plants)

List of materials:

  • 1 – 2 x 4 x 8 board (treated or exterior grade)
  • 4 – 2 x 6 x 8 boards (treated or exterior grade)
  • 3-inch deck screws (44)
  • 2-inch galvanized corner braces (4)
  • 6-7 cubic feet of soil
  • 32 strawberry plants

List of Tools:

  • miter saw or circular saw*
  • drill/driver
  • scissors or utility knife
  • square
  • measuring tape
  • shovel

* or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List

Parts List (see Cutting Diagram below):

Part Quantity Size
Base Side Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 36
Base End Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 36
Second Level End Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 42
Second Level Side Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 22
Third Level End Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 31
Third Level Side Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 11
Top End Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 17
Top Side Rails 2 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2

Use this slideshow for step-by-step directions

Cutting Diagram
Cutting Diagram

Cutting Diagram

Use the Parts List and Cutting Diagram as references for part dimensions. Cut the parts as needed for each step.

Step 1: Prepare the site and create the Base Assembly Select the desired location for the strawberry pyramid planter (a flat, well-draining area with at least 8 hours of full sun per day), then prepare by removing grass equal to or slightly larger than the area of base (20” by 36”).

Cut the Base Side Rails and Base End Rails to length.

Figure 1
Figure 1

Figure 1

Position the Base Side Rails flush with the inside edge of the Base End Rails as shown in Figure 1. Drill pilot holes for three 3-inch deck screws on each end of the Base End Rails positioned equidistantly apart and roughly 3/4-inch from the end. Attach the Base End Rails to the Base Side Rails using 12 of the deck screws.

Figure 2
Figure 2

Figure 2

Step 2: Create the Second Level Assembly
Use Figure 2 as a guide for measuring, marking, and cutting the Second Level End Rails (optional). Cut the Second Level Side Rails to length.

Figure 3
Figure 3

Figure 3

Position the Second Level Side Rails 7 inches from the end of the Second Level End Rails as shown in Figure 3. Drill pilot holes for three 3-inch deck screws on each end of the Second Level End Rails positioned equidistantly apart and roughly 7 3/4 inches from the end. Attach the Second Level End Rails to the Second Level Side Rails using 12 of the deck screws.

Figure 4
Figure 4

Figure 4

Step 3: Create the Third Level Assembly
Use Figure 4 as a guide for measuring, marking, and cutting the Third Level End Rails (optional). Cut the Third Level Side Rails to length.

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Position the Third Level Side Rails 7 inches from the end of the Third Level End Rails as shown in Figure 5. Drill pilot holes for three 3-inch deck screws on each end of the Third Level End Rails positioned equidistantly apart and roughly 7 3/4 inches from the end. Attach the Third Level End Rails to the Third Level Side Rails using 12 of the deck screws.

Figure 6
Figure 6

Figure 6

Step 4: Create the Top Assembly
Use Figure 6 as a guide for measuring, marking, and cutting the Top End Rails (optional). Cut the Top Side Rails to length.

Figure 7
Figure 7

Figure 7

Position the Top Side Rails 5 1/2 inches from the end of the Top End Rails as shown in Figure 7. Drill pilot holes for two 3-inch deck screws on each end of the Top End Rails positioned equidistantly apart and roughly 6 1/4 inches from the end. Attach the Top End Rails to the Top Side Rails using 8 of the deck screws.

Figure 8
Figure 8

Figure 8

Step 5: Attach the Top Assembly to the Third Level Assembly
Position four 2-inch galvanized corner braces as shown in Figure 8 and attach using the included screws. Drill pilot holes for the screws.

Figure 9
Figure 9

Figure 9

Position the Top Assembly as shown in Figure 9 and attach using the included screws.

Step 6: Final assembly
Position the Base Assembly as desired, then fill base with soil.

Figure 10
Figure 10

Figure 10

Position the Second Level Assembly as shown in Figure 10 and fill with soil.

Figure 11
Figure 11

Figure 11

Position the Third Level-Top Level Assembly as shown in Figure 11 and fill with soil. You are now ready to begin planting the strawberries.

Finished Dimensions:
Height: 20 inches
Width: 36 inches
Depth: 39 inches

Design by Chris Hill

3 thoughts on “How to Build a Strawberry Pyramid

  1. Is it really safe to use pressure lumber for plants producing edible items?

    • Hello Paul,
      This publication is from the Univeristy of Missouri Cooperative Extension detailing the compounds in pressure treated lumber and its use for raised beds. Chemicals that were worrisome are not used in pressure treated lumber anymore. However, some raised bed gardeners still line the inside walls of the bed with plastic fabric. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

  2. Really nice ,great ideal for those who would like to get started with strawberries

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