Learn how to make a hanging vertical herb garden and planter using 2×4 lumber! It’s perfect for small space gardening, apartments and patios.
You guys!! I am SOOO excited to share this post today. I’ve teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers to kick off the #2x4andMore structural lumber building week on Remdelaholic!
Over on Remodelaholic, there will be soooo many project tutorials and ideas PLUS a week long link party for any and all structural lumber building projects. AND at the bottom of my post, I’ve linked to 13 other 2×4 projects that I just LOVE!
So, onto my project!
Ahhhh you guys!! I’m totally in love with it!!!
A little back story…
We have this cute little balcony porch area off of our dining room. I love sitting out there with the kiddos having a popsicle! In a perfect world, I’d be sitting out on it having coffee and painting something. I guess popsicles will do 😉
The operative word for the balcony is just that though…little. There’s barely room for two chairs let alone any type of planters. And, since I’m in a quest to become a plant lady (see this post), I had to have some kind of plants out there! Because if I just keep getting more, something will always be alive, right?!
But seriously, I loved the idea of making a vertical garden of sorts! I know a lot of people don’t have any yard or green space at all! Or maybe they don’t want a huge garden to tend in the yard and want something more manageable.
This project is perfect for apartments or small balconies or anyone who wants a small vertical garden.
I’m using it for both herbs and plants but what you plant is completely up to you!
BONUS! It’s not hard at all to build! We did this in one weekend!
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- (2) 2×4 .. 42″
- (3) 2×4 .. 41″
- Planter Box
- (1) 2×6 .. 55″ (front)
- (1) 1×6 .. 55″ (back)
- (2) 2×6 .. 5.5″ (sides)
- (1) 2×6 .. 52″ (bottom)
- (1) 2×6 .. 13.5″
- (1) 2×6 .. 32.5″
- Miter Saw
- Screws for assembly
- Screws for mounting
- 7 Corner Brackets
- Screws for Corner Brackets
- Water Sealer
- Spade Bit
- 7 Plant Pots
- Spray Paint
- Potting Soil and plants of your choice!
- Weed Block
- Hanging Wood Bead Planter
- I’ll be sharing the DIY for that soon! You can use any hanging planter there
- Eye Hook
We started by cutting all of the wood to the lengths listed above. I chose not to sand the wood because I wanted it to look rough. You totally could though!
I then applied two coats of my new favorite stain. Once the stain was dry I applied a coat of water sealer. A little goes a long way with that stuff!!
We then spray painted all the brackets, screws to hold the brackets, and planter pots in a matte black color so they had plenty of time to dry before final assembly.
Next it was on to assembling the frame! (Here’s TJ!)
I’ll start by saying that I did a lot of this by myself, but it would’ve been significantly easier with a helper. So, make it a two-person job if you give this a shot and you’ve got a spare person hanging around.
I decided to use deck screws on a 45 degree angle instead of a Kreg Jig to assemble the frame.
First, line up the pieces that need to be assembled with a square, drill a pilot hole for the screws to avoid splitting the wood, and then drive the screws through both pieces. Make sure to go far enough to counter-sink the head of the screw.
Repeat this process until all four pieces of the outer frame are assembled.
I used two screws per joint, making sure to drive the screws parallel to each other from opposite sides to avoid having the screws run into each other.
After the outer frame was assembled, I had to make sure the center beam was, well, centered!
I used a combination of the tape measure and the square to line it up so that the center of the beam was in the center of the frame, then used the same method of drilling pilot holes then driving screws to attach the center beam to the frame.
As you can see in the picture below, I did use a scrap piece of wood and a clamp to keep the beam from pulling when I drove the screw in on an angle.
Here’s the finished frame!
The planter box portion was assembled separately from the frame.
The bottom, sides, and front of the planter box were made out of 2×6 boards, and the back was a 1×6. I laid the bottom piece on my work table and stood the front piece up in front of it and used the sides to make sure it was lined up correctly.
Then, I used two deck screws (after drilling pilot holes) on each side to attach the front to the sides. Next, I used several screws across the bottom to attach the front of the box to the bottom of the box. Repeat the same process for the back of the box!
Now that we had a planter box, we needed some drainage holes. I accomplished this by using a 1.5″ spade bit to drill six holes across the bottom-center of the planter box. This seems to be more than enough.
After the final assembly was complete, I put weed block in the planter box before planting any herbs so we didn’t have dirt pouring out of the drainage holes.
Last, it was time to attach the box and shelves to the frame!
We had sketched out where we wanted to place the box and the shelves, so it was just a matter of measuring accurately and using the galvanized (and spray painted) screws to attach the brackets to the frame.
After attaching all the brackets, I did a “dry-fit” of the box and shelves to make sure we were happy with everything. Spoiler alert: WE LOVED IT.
Note that for the smallest shelf, we only used 2 screws. In the middle hole of the corner bracket (where there would normally be a screw), we manually twisted in an eye hook to hang the wood bead planter from.
After attaching the corner brackets for the box and shelves to the frame, we attached the main frame to the siding.
Since it was going to be almost impossible to find studs from the outside of the house without many, many exploratory holes being drilled, that wasn’t really an option. We also knew we were dealing with a wooden house, so we didn’t necessarily need studs. After doing the math on all the material we had to get through, we determined that 4″ screws would get us into the 3/4″ wooden siding that was the original exterior of the hours before vinyl siding was a thing.
We used self-tapping screws, so I got a 4′ level and my dad and went for it. We used two screws on the top of the frame and two screws on the bottom.
If you have vinyl siding, be careful not to drive the screws in so far that the vinyl siding gets crushed. Also, make sure you check the level again after the first screw so you can make adjustments.
After the frame was attached to the wall, it was time to install the planter box and the shelves.
We checked for center and screwed the galvanized screws into the corner brackets to hold the shelves and planter box in place. Before you knew it, the whole thing was assembled and on the wall!
And that was it!!
I know I say I love every project we do but seriously, this may be my favorite yet!
I’ll be sharing how I made these stamped metal herb garden markers that are just PERFECT.
I just love the combination of brass, black, and stained wood.
I also love the wood bead hanging planter I made! With the two shelves being separated a bit, I needed something on the right side to balance it out. Can’t wait to share that DIY soon!
Now, you HAVE to check out some other amazing 2×4 projects!! Who knew you could make so much from 2x4s?!
garden arbor | Remodelaholic
15 minute coffee table | The Ugly Duckling House
tiered corner plant stand | Charleston Crafted
single-board rolling bar cart | Woodshop Diaries
outdoor bench w/rope detail | At Charlotte’s House
wall planter and herb garden | Making Joy and Pretty Things
upholstered x-base bench | Frazzled Joy
jumbo tic tac toe | Ginger Snap Crafts
porch bench | Everyday Party Magazine
console table | Hertoolbelt
farmhouse patio table | North Country Nest
easy flower planters | Our House Now a Home
treadmill incline | Practical and Pretty
patio side table | Small Home Soul
Wishing you a joyful day!