Outdoors

Buy or DIY: Outdoor Square Planters

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I’ve got a fever…. and the prescription is …to build planters for spring! I really do have a big case of spring fever right now and I’m sure do you too. I’ve got my mind set on filling up our courtyard with small trees and some climbing vines, and also sprucing up the front porch with beautiful new planters.

The old urns I’ve had there for years I can use elsewhere but right now I’m pretty much in love with these Chippendale style planters I’ve seen around the web. I want to make them in a larger custom size and for less money, so these are on my list as my next outdoor spring DIY project.

chippendale style planters

 

In my research for tips and materials and step by step instructions on building square and rectangular styles, I stumbled across plenty more inspiring outdoor planters that savvy DIYers have assembled, here you go:

diy outdoor planter projects

from top left: square planter with finials at ana white / chevron planter by zelo photo / simple planter by popular mechanics / tall dark and handsome planter by cleverly inspired / square cedar planters by being brook / tall white planter by lowes creative ideas / pallet planter by esprit cabane / white and steel planter by lowes creative ideas / cedar pine planter by infarrantly creative / pottery barn inspired reclaimed wood planter by the money pit / white planters by the accent piece / scrap wood planter by the book of jimmy / recycled wood planter by zelo photo / fence board planter by that’s my letter

 

If DIY is not your thing, here are some square and rectangular planters under $100:

outdoor planters under $100

from top left:  20” white square from Target, $50 / 16” blue wood by Simply Planters, $59 / 28” tall mayne fairfield from Amazon, $99 / 18” stained wood at Hayneedle, $80 / 14” Chippendale at Home Depot, $49 / 22” self watering colorful tapered by Improvements, $80 / 18” Wayfair square cedar $59 /  15” concrete planter at Target, $99

 

I’d ask you what spring projects you’re planning since I’d love to know but my comments are still not working, so sorry!  I’ve got my IT guy looking at it and the glitch will be fixed soon.

Related Planter Projects from the Archives:

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shim 2

mosaic

Recycled Wine Barrel

Weathered Wood Shim

Glass Mosaic Tile

 

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September Porch Scene

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

There’s a fall outdoor decor party over at Rhoda’s place today which was the perfect kick in the pants I needed to spruce up our porch for the season.  I wanted something  simple, but then foolishly declared I was using only white and green pumpkins on the porch this year.  Then I was told after a dozen phone calls to vendors that “there are no white or green Cinderella pumpkins this early”.  So then I just used faux instead and it all worked out. 

fall porch mums centsational girl

 

Shades of purple and green dominate with scattered potted perennials and purple mums, I also added tall willow branches inside the mums for height.

sept front door centsational girl

 

This year’s fall wreath is an adaptation of my spring willow wreath – I recycled it and wedged in some preserved green oak leaves from the supermarket, white berry stems, and a few pinecones.  Boom.  It’s what I call my “ten minutes because I’m tired and the kids have soccer practice” fall wreath. 

fall wreath centsational girl

 

Tall purple fountain grasses sit next to purple mums filled with tall willow branches.

purple mums and willow branches

 

hmm

 

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Summer Garden Tour

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Do holidays in the middle of the week make you feel strange?  They do for me.  It’s weird but wonderful waking up late in the morning in the middle of the week, then puttering around the house, doing all those little things you don’t have time for during the hustle and bustle of an ordinary workweek.

I was wandering around the yard yesterday in the late afternoon, glass of sauvignon blanc in one hand, camera in the other, as the sun set over the back hill.  The children also we’re running around the yard, picking strawberries before they’re ripe,  discovering lizards and spiders, and noticing other mini magical moments in nature, it was a blissful afternoon. 

As I wandered I listened to the comfortable repetition of the “snip, snip, snip” as Matt pruned back hedges and pulled unwanted suckers.  I appreciated the new growth around every turn, blooms and buds and fruit that didn’t exist just a few weeks ago.  Here’s a tour of what’s growing in our yard this month, it amazes me year after year. 

Bower vine is blooming in the courtyard and creeping up an old iron trellis.  It lingers over our broken fountain that still needs a new pump, but I think its aged finish is a beautiful focal point, functioning or not. 

bower vine on wall fountain

 

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