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Happy Monday! Today is “thee” day — for what, you ask? Well, I’m sharing my first #DIHWorkshop project of 2015. Yahoo!! A DIY Paver Planter Box that can showcase your flowers on your porch deck or even on either side of your garage door. It’s perfectly versatile — and customizable as well. Ready for a little DIY?
Power Drill and Bits
Sand Paper or Block
Large Clamps (or Bungee Cords)
Four 12×12 pavers, any color
Three 8 foot 2×2’s (I used cedar)
Large Bag of Moisture Control Soil
Box of 3″ Exterior Deck Screws
Newspaper or Drop Drop Cloth
Alrighty, now that we have our supplies, let’s do this! Here’s another inspirational pic…
Start by measuring (see photo 1) and cutting your wood (see photo 2) into four 16″ pieces (for the legs) and eight 12″ pieces (for framing and bottom). Use your paver as a reference for measurement (see photo 3), as you’ll quickly learn that not all pavers are made equally (giggle). Be sure you have approximately 4″ from the bottom of leg to the bottom of the paver.
Once all of your pieces are cut, you can pre-drill and countersink the 2×2 pieces together, with the 16″ pieces forming the legs, and the 12″ pieces form the support between the legs. (see photo 4)
Apply some wood glue, and then screw in the 12″ support pieces into the leg (approximately 12-12-1/2″ down the leg from top), so that the frame is flush around the entire top.
Next, we’ll create the bottom support of the planter. Grab your remaining four 12″ 2×2’s, pre-drill, apply some wood glue and space them evenly across the bottom and screw them into the frame. (see photo 5)
We’re ready to glue our pavers into place! Place a thick bead (or squiggles) along the inside edges of the frame (see photo 6). Gently place each paver into place and avoid getting the adhesive on the front of the pavers or on the outsid frame (Warning: this is much easier said than done. I learned that it was best to put the pavers in from the front so that if there was any oozing, it would be on the inside).
You’re now going to secure your pavers for drying using bungee or clamps. Because I chose to use clamps (instead of bungee cord), we attached the pavers in stages (we only had four clamps, so we did two sides at a time). I just wanted to be sure the sides were clamped together as tightly as possible and didn’t think bungee would allow for that (in my humble opinion).
Let the glue set overnight (or per adhesive instructions) to ensure a strong bond.
STEP FIVE: (optional)
I decided to frame in the top of my paver planter, but that is completely optional. You’ll need four 14-3/4 pieces of 2×2 cut at a 45˙ angle.
I used a nail gun to tack the sides together and used the additional adhesive to adhere the frame to the top. To ensure it adhere, I placed a couple of planks of wood on top and used the bag of potting soil to weigh it down (all kinds of fancy going on there).
Paint, Stain and/or Poly your paver planter. Since I used cedar, I chose to simply put a couple coats of polyurethane on mine using a rag. Easy breezy and I loved how the color matched our deck so well!
Planting time! Line the planter box with landscape fabric (see photo 9). I stapled mine into place (see photo 10)– yes, the perfectionist in me said this was necessary (hee-hee). Add planting soil and plants or flowers to your little hearts desire!
Join the Home Depot this Thursday, April 16th
for the DIH Workshop and see an hands-on demonstration!
Happy Creating, friends! xo