Want to add a little bit of a patriotic flair to your Summer porch or patio? This DIY American Flag planter box is so simple to make from start to finish, you can easily create one for yourself.
DIY American Flag Planter Box
I hope you all enjoyed the Make It May series. I leave you with this adorable Americana planter Amanda created and hope you’ll make one too for your porch.
I’ve been slowly adding patriotic pieces, like this Americana plant stand, to my porch decor over the years. With a few extra fence pickets left over from a previous project, I decided to whip up this planter box to add some extra red, white, and blue to my Summer porch.
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- (2) 4″x 6′ Fence Picket (or other scrap wood)
- Miter Saw
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Brad Nailer
- Wood glue
- 12″ clamp
- Chalky paint
- paint brush
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Small wooden legs (optional)
- Potting mix and plants
1. Cut the wood pieces
Measure 6″ from the end of one fence picket and mark with your speed square. Use the miter saw to cut the fence picket at the marked line. Repeat this step until you have six boards cut to 6″ each.
Measure 8 ¼” and mark with speed square. Use the miter saw, cut the wood at the mark you just made. Repeat this step until you have four boards cut to 8 ¼” each.
2. Assemble the planter box
Apply glue to the edges of each board where they will connect with each other. This step makes your box extra secure.
Use the nail gun to attach the boards together to create the base.
Continue nailing until the bottom tier of the DIY planter box is complete.
Repeat the steps for the second tier of the planter box. Apply wood glue to the bottom of the second tier and place it on top of the bottom tier. Use clamps to hold both tiers in place and allow to dry for 12 hours.
3. Paint the American Flag Planter Box
Paint stripes on the longer sides of the planter box with red chalky paint. Use painters tape to create straight lines (or just free hand it like I did).
Fill in the rest with white chalky paint stripes.
Paint the shorter sides with blue chalky paint. When it’s dry, free hand white stars or use a stencil. In my opinion, freehand painting gives this American Flag planter box a nice rustic touch!
Add little feet if desired to the bottom of the planter box using wood glue.
Fill with potting soil and add flowers! You could also skip the soil and set a pre-planted 6″ flower pot inside the planter box.
Red Geraniums and white Alyssum look great in this DIY American Flag Planter Box. The red and white combo really completes the patriotic look.
If you build this planter box, what flowers would you try?
I’m Amanda, and I am the creator and voice behind the food and DIY blog, Domestically Creative. What started as a place to share updates with friends and family after we moved from Illinois to Tennessee and then to Texas, turned into a passion for finding creative and frugal ways to feed us and decorate our homes.
I have always had the “make it myself” attitude and I’m not afraid to bust out the power tools or get creative when it comes to decorating our home on a budget. You can usually find me scouring the local thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales looking for my next makeover (like this litter box cabinet), or dreaming up ways to make our new house feel more like home. My most recent project was giving my home office a much needed facelift. Some of the plans included creating a fun inspirational accent wall and adding pegboard to store my craft hoards.
I currently call Missouri home, where I live with my husband, dog, and 2 cats in a pretty dull, late 90’s split level. My husband and I both love to travel the U.S and recently purchased a small travel trailer to tag along in our journeys. In our free time together we can usually be found working together on a home project, exploring a new place, or just lounging with our pup, Delilah.