There are several benefits to constructing a planter out of masonry, which include increased durability and visual appeal over other materials. You can also build this type of planter to fit any size area, so you’re sure to find one that fits your yard perfectly! Additionally, masonry planters are relatively inexpensive and easy to make, making it perfect for DIY enthusiasts who don’t have the money or time to invest in hiring professionals or buying expensive pre-made planters. Follow these step-by-step instructions and you’ll have your own beautiful masonry planter in no time!
What you need
A good level, a calculator, a pen, some paper. After you’ve determined how many bricks you need for your project, multiply that number by eight (8) to figure out how many bricks it will take for each layer of brick. Each brick is about 8 long by 2 wide so each layer should be 16 inches thick.
There are few things in life as rewarding as making something you can use and appreciate for years. Masonry planters are long-lasting and decorative additions to almost any property. In addition, these planters give you easy access to fresh herbs and vegetables when you need them most. This guide will walk you through three stages of building a masonry planter from start to finish. I’ll also share some tips that can help make your project go smoothly.
Cutting all of your pieces accurately will ensure that your planter fits together seamlessly and will also save you some time. Draw a line lengthwise on each piece of brick, then use your circular saw (with an appropriate blade) to cut down into that line. If you’re using larger bricks or pavers, set them aside—they’re too big for our planters.
Mortar is one of those things that’s easy enough to buy pre-made but also easy enough to make yourself if you just need a small batch. To mix mortar, you’ll want to use sand and cement.
Creating initial support structure
Before you can create your planter box, you’ll need some sort of structure to which it will be attached. The most basic support structure is often a wood frame, but masonry structures can also work well for growing plants.
Placing stones around the edge
The first thing you’ll want to do is create an even layer of stones, covering about 2 inches all around your planter. You can do so by pouring them into place directly from your wheelbarrow, or via buckets and shovels if you have several planters to build at once. The key here is making sure they are level and straight, as otherwise your planters will develop cracks over time.
Tying in vertical supports
Tie in vertical supports by pounding rebar stakes, or lengths of steel or wooden lath, at an angle into your trench and placing 4 x 4 posts on top. Make sure to fill in any crevices between your posts with cement. To reinforce your planter walls, coat them with several coats of concrete starting from the bottom up (sandwiched between every layer). When you’re done, remove all debris and give it plenty of time to cure before filling with soil and adding plants.
To build a masonry planter, start by selecting and purchasing all of your materials and tools. Once you have everything you need, it’s time to begin laying out and building your planter. If you are unfamiliar with masonry work, take measurements of your wall and create drawings to scale.