How to Build a Tall Concrete Planter
by Elisha of Pneumatic Addict
- (1) 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ sheet melamine
- (1) 23-3/4″ x 96″ melamine shelving
- (1) 2 x 4 x 96″
- (1) 3/4″ PVC pipe
- (8) 50 lb bag of quick setting concrete mix
- (4) 1 lb concrete pigment
- masonry trowell
- plastic drop cloth
- duct tape
- silicone caulk
- 2″ wood screws
- 2-1/2″ wood screws
- 1/8″ drill bit
- power drill
- circular saw
- wheelbarrow or large sturdy container
- (2) melamine sheet @ 23-3/4″ x 32″
- (2) melamine sheet @ 21-1/4″ x 32″
- (1) melamine sheet @ 23-3/4″ x 30-1/4″
- (2) melamine sheet @ 16-3/4″ x 30″
- (2) melamine sheet @ 18-1/4″ x 30″
- (1) melamine sheet @ 16-3/4″ x 16-3/4″
- (2) 2 x 4 @ approximately 39-1/2″
- (1) 2 x 4 @ 16-3/4″
5. Next, I put the inner box together. Unlike the outer box, I drilled 3/4″ pocket holes along the long sides of the 16 3/4″ x 30″ panels. I then joined them together with the 18-1/4″ x 30″ panels.
Next, I used duct tape to cover any of the raw edges of the melamine.
Removing the form and moving the planter with just two people was definitely challenging. I think it would be a great idea to rent a furniture dolly and invite a few buddies over. Once you have your new concrete planter in place, you can plant just about anything you'd like. It's even large enough to house a small tree.
The inexpensive screen moulding was simple to install and I'm thrilled with the clean design they left.
Now I really wish I had a huge front porch. A pair of tall, decorative planters would look amazing sitting by my front door. What do you think? Are you ready to get your hands dirty and make your own