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Privacy Screen Planter DIY

September 1, 2018

Privacy Screen Planter DIY- an inexpensive project with major impact!

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

I built this Privacy Screen Planter DIY at the end of spring, but I wanted to wait until the plants filled it before I shared it. I’m really happy with this addition to my backyard! It creates a focal point on the side of the house, gives me more planter space (always a plus!) and it blocks the view of the dark, un-lanscaped area on the border of my property.

This privacy screen was relatively easy to build and it only took a day. I should mention…filling it up with dirt took a lot longer! The planter box is constructed first and then the frame for the trellis is built. I used pre-made pressure treated wood lattice panels which made this project a lot easier!

My finished Privacy Screen Planter DIY measures 12 feet long and 2 feet wide. The privacy screen is 8 feet high. The structure is very sturdy and the size of the planter allows for ample flowering bushes.

Supplies needed for Privacy Screen Planter DIY:

Pressure treated 2 x 6s

Pressure treated 2 x 4s (I used 2- 8 foot and 1- 12 foot) (for the center of the lattice frame and the top brace)

Pressure treated wood lattice (the 3/4 inch is sturdy and easy to work with)

Pressure treated scrap wood to use on the inside of the planter

3 1/2 inch exterior screws

Saw, Drill, Nail gun

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Privacy Screen Planter DIY

The first step is measure the area and buy the wood in the correct lengths. Since my planter box was 12 feet long, I bought 8- 12 foot 2 x 6 boards. The sides were 2 feet so I bought 2- 8 foot 2 x 6 boards.

Building the planter is easy, because you’re just making a simple rectangle. I used pressure treated scrap wood on the inside of the box to prevent bowing and keep everything sturdy. It also helped to reinforce the corners.

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Once the planter was finished, I made some adjustments to make sure it was level.

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Then I screwed a 2 x 6 x 8 pressure treated board to both ends, making sure they were plum. The wood lattice is 4 feet wide, so I added pressure treated 2 x 4 x 8s to the middle to hide the seams where the lattice joins together. These middle boards also make the screen secure. Once the boards are in place I attached the 2 x 4 x 12 across the top, making sure it was level.

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Then I attached the wood lattice using a nail gun. Best of all? No cutting was necessary! I used the full 8 foot height of the lattice and the 4 foot wide panels were perfect for my 12 foot planter.

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

Privacy Screen Planter DIY

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