Every garden can be brought to life with the simple addition of flowers. Whether that’s potting them straight into the ground via a border around your house, or by the likes of hanging baskets swinging next to windows and doors – flowers are a beautiful way to brighten up any space. Nevertheless, it’s easy enough to simply de-pot store-bought flower arrangements and plant into the ground, but how much better would it look if you had a garden planter to display them in instead? We’re going to break down the simple steps to follow to be able to make your very own garden planter out of timber. This can be using decking boards or garden sleepers – the choice is yours. Decking boards give a lovely finish due to the ridge pattern, but if that’s not what you’re looking for, then opt for a sleeper instead. However, we do have a Profiled Garden Sleeper available.Garden Sleeper Planter


Plan the shape and size of your garden planter. If you’re not too confident, perhaps stick with a standard box-style planter. The shape is simply to create, and it requires minimal effort. Once you’ve got the measurements sorted, you can work out just how much timber you’re going to need. We build bespoke planters to any size and shape you want, but if you’re up for some DIY yourself, then simply let us know your measurements, and we’ll advise you on what you may need.


Mark and cut all the timber products to the length required. Take into account overlapping around corners to avoid cutting timber too short and having to re-do or potentially purchase more timber. Once you’ve marked and cut out all the timber, drill small screw holes where required to avoid splitting the wood when it comes to screwing the sleepers or decking boards together.


Lay out all the pieces into the shape you aimed for, and stack on top of one another until you’ve reached the planned height. This is your chance to check everything matches up and to make any amendments as necessary before we start building everything.


Start screwing the base layer together. If using decking boards for your planter, we recommend using these decking screws by Perry which are available in 4 different sizes. These will ensure your timber products will hold their position and stay strong. Once you’re happy with your base and everything is in place, you can start building it up to your desired height.

This is ideal for when you’re placing a planter on top of a pre-laid patio or decking area that acts as a sturdy base. However, if you’re sitting your new garden planter on the grass, you may want to attach wooden pegs to the inside of your planter to stick into the ground. This will simply provide a little more stability and add to the strength.


Line your planter with ground liner or another alternative of your choice, before filling it with multi-purpose compost or another compost of your choice.

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