How to Build a Portable Planter

Portable Planter

DIY Portable Planter

Thanks to casters and a built-in handle, this roomy portable planter can be moved around your driveway or deck to take advantage of anywhere you have sun and a bit of extra space. It’s perfect for growing greens and herbs, but the soil is also deep enough that plants that need more space, like peppers or broccoli, will thrive in it as well. What’s more, this great-looking planter can be painted or stained to complement the look of your home and landscape.

On this page, you’ll find a slideshow with instructions, a how-to video, and a link to download a printable PDF guide. If you have tools and experience, feel free to cut the lumber yourself. If not, when you purchase it, ask the folks at your local home improvement store to cut it for you.

Portable Planter: close-up of handle

With a sturdy wooden handle running the length of one side, this planter was made for movin’.

Estimated time: 2.5 hours*
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Project difficulty: Easy

Approximate cost: $160 (including soil)

List of tools:
Miter saw or circular saw**
Drill/driver with #10 countersink bit and 1½” spade or Forstner bit
Staple gun
Clamps
Square
Measuring tape
** or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List

Portable Planter: caster close-up

The casters on this planter make it easy to move your plants to whatever flat, sunny spot is most convenient for you.


List of materials:
7 – 1’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
1 – 2’ x 2’ x 8’ board
7 – 2’ x 4’ x 8’ boards
2 – 2’ x 6’ x 8’ boards
¾” galvanized staples
1¼” deck screws
1¼”washer-head lath screws
2½” deck screws
3” deck screws
4 – 2½”heavy-duty lockable swivel casters
Galvanized hardware cloth
Landscaping cloth
Approximately 9 cubic feet of potting soil

Parts list (see Cutting Diagram below):

Part Quantity Size
Post rails 2 1½ x 3½ x 39
Posts 4 1½ x 3½ x 27⅛
Mid stretcher 1 1½ x 3½ x 21½
Long stretchers 2 1½ x 3½ x 36
Bottom short rails 2 1½ x 3½ x 27½
End stretchers 2 1½ x 3½ x 17½
Short bottom slats 2 ¾ x 3½ x 36
Long bottom slats 5 ¾ x 3½ x 39
Wide long rails 2 1½ x 5½ x 39
Top long rails 2 1½ x 3½ x 39
Mid long rails 4 ¾ x 3½ x 39
Bottom long rails 2 1½ x 3½ x 39
Handle supports 2 1½ x 5½ x 35½
Handle 1 1½ x 1½ x 39
Top short rails 2 1½ x 3½ x 27½
Mid short rails 4 ¾ x 3½ x 26

Use this Slideshow for Step-by-Step Directions

Finished dimensions:
Height: 31⅛”
Width: 42”
Length: 35½”

Design by Chris Hill