How to Make an Address Planter

Learn how to make a planter-style address display box for your front door

Under 2 hours

An address planter box can add a touch of rustic charm to the exterior of any home. It’s a classic accent that is easy to make and only requires a few tools and materials. Keep reading below for guided instructions on this simple DIY project.

What You Need

Cut List

One 14 ½- x 18-inch piece (back board)

One 14 ½- x 4 ½-inch piece (front board)

One 13 ½- x 4 ½-inch piece (bottom board)

Two 4 ½- x 4 ½-inch pieces (side boards)

Cut Diagram

Cut Diagram
1
Measure and Mark
Measure and Mark

Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the boards according to the cut list.

2
Cut
Cut

Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts on the plywood.

Tip: Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

3
Stain or Paint boards
Stain or Paint Boards

Stain or paint boards prior to assembly, if desired.

Tip: The inside of the box will need to be treated with a polyurethane coating to protect from water damage.

4
Build the Bottom
Build the Bottom

• Stand the side pieces on each end of the bottom piece.
• Attach with brad nails.

5
Attach the Front
Attach the Front

• Flip the box down and place the front piece on the top of the ends and bottom. This lets you create the front side of the box.
• Attach with brad nails.

6
Attach the Back
Attach the Back

• Flip the box over and place the back piece flush to bottom.
• Secure it with brad nails.

7
Attach the Address Numbers
Attach the Address Numbers

• Use the hardware to attach address numbers.
• Center the numbers two inches down from the top of the back board.

8
Finish
Finish

• Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the planter box.
• Alternatively, use 4-inch terra cotta pots (the box is designed to fit up to three).
• On the back of the planter box, attach picture hanging kit hardware.