Modern Raised Crate Planter

Jul, 13, 2017

This post is sponsored by Crates & Pallet – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

One thing I really wanted to do this summer was put in a garden. We have plenty of room in our backyard and I dreamed of walking out and picking fresh veggies to cook dinner with. Buttt we got busy and just didn’t have time – plus I don’t think my black thumb would have been able to handle it anyway ha. I still wanted a little space where I could plant some herbs and veggies on a smaller scale so I teamed up with Crates & Pallet to create something perfect for us.

 Modern Raised Crate Planter

Raised Crate Planter

I love how versatile their crates are and they have so many different sizes to choose from. Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
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:: 2 large crates
:: 2 x 2 x 4s
:: wood glue
:: weed protective liner
:: nail gun
:: screws
:: stain
:: polyurethane
:: soil
:: herbs/veggies

Wooden Crates Turned Into planter

First up, I used my go to wood glue to glue the two crates together.

Wood Crates Glued Together For Planter

As those are drying, you can start building your base. There are a bunch of different ways you could do this but after doing some research on my favorite modern planters I came up with this version.

You’ll need your 2 x 2s cut into these sizes:

4 at 26″ inches tall
2 at 12.5″ tall
1 at 17″ tall

It’s definitely a two person job to build the frame so make sure you have some help or a handy hubby around 😉 We used our nail gun first to secure the pieces of wood together and then went back in with some screws for extra support.

Building Base For Plant Stand

How To Build raised Crate Planter

It’s easiest to stain the base and the crates separately and then you can put them together afterwards. We used Dark Walnut and then sealed them up with some polyurethane.

Stained Raised Planter base

DIY raised Crate Planter

After that’s finished drying it’s time to line your crates so you can put the soil in. I went to the hardware store and explained my project and this was what they pointed me towards which ended up working perfectly.

Weed barrier For Planter

I cut pieces out and used my staple gun to secure them to the insides of the crates making sure the top edge was nice and clean. Don’t worry so much about the inside since you won’t see that.

Added Weed Barrier To Raised Planter

Then you can fill them up with soil and plant your herbs, veggies or flowers! I planted some basil, mint, baby tomatoes, banana peppers and cucumbers but you could put whatever you want in them.

Modern Crate Planter

Diy Crate Raised Planter

They’d be super cute with plants in them too on a front porch. If you aren’t feeling crafty and would rather buy a planter, check out this round up of Large Outdoor Planters!

Fingers crossed I can keep all of this stuff alive!

Modern Raised Crate Planter



  1. Reply


    August 18, 2017

    This planter is such a great idea! I love the way it looks and it would be a great way for me to dabble with gardening. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply


      August 27, 2017

      Yes it’s perfect for gardening on a small scale!

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