How to Make a Bookshelf Planter

Learn how to build a wooden shelf planter from start to finish

Under 2 hours

Every indoor plant needs a quality stand. A simple, wooden bookshelf frame can double as both a storage shelf and floral planter. Try our DIY option below for a homemade bookshelf planter that complements a variety of decor styles.

What You Need

1
Measure
Measure

Measure and mark cuts on the lumber according to the cut list below.

1- x 6-inch common board
• Two 24-inch sections
• Two 7 1/4-inch sections

1- x 8-inch x 6-foot common board
• Two 22 1/2-inch sections

2- x 2-inch x 8-foot furring strips
• Four 24-inch sections
• Two 19 1/2-inch sections
• Two 4 1/2-inch sections

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2
Cut
Cut

• Use a circular saw to make the straight cuts, following your marks across the board.
• Cut a 1 1/2-inch square out of each corner of one of your 22 1/2-inch sections. This will become your bottom shelf.

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

3
Paint
Paint

Stain or paint the boards if desired. Allow each piece to fully dry before assembling.

4
Assemble the Legs
Assemble the Legs

Pre-drill and screw each 24-inch leg into each corner of the 22 1/2-inch section, this will become the bottom of the planter box.

5
Frame the Base
Frame the Base

• Place the two 19 1/2-inch sections two inches up from the bottom of the legs.
• Pre-drill and attach with screws through the legs.
• Place the two 4 1/4-inch sections two inches up from the bottom of the legs.
• Pre-drill and attach with screws through the legs.
• This completes the frame.

6
Build the Walls
Build the Walls

• Place both 7 1/4-inch side walls against the short side of the assembly so that they hang ¼-inch below the bottom of the planter box.
• Pre-drill and secure with wood screws by screwing them into the side of the base.
• Place both remaining walls on front and back of side.
• Pre-drill and secure with wood screws by screwing them into the sides of the walls.

7
Position the Bottom Shelf
Position the Bottom Shelf

Place the last shelf directly atop the bottom frame.