How to Build a Tiered Pyramid Planter

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When you run out of space to spread out your garden but want to grow more strawberries or other cascading or vining plants, one solution is to build up rather than out. Planters help contain your garden or add a garden where none currently exists. A multi-tiered pyramid planter, which gets smaller with each layer, will allow you to add a vertical element to the garden. If you're planting flowers, such as geraniums, a pyramid planter will also give you more color bang per square foot of ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2-by-6 inch board
  • 2-by-12 inch board
  • Saw
  • 2-by-2 inch board
  • Drill with Phillips head bit
  • 2 1/2-inch deck screws
  • Boiled linseed oil
  • Brush
  • Measure and cut two 36-inch pieces, two 33-inch pieces, two 12-inch pieces and two 9-inch pieces from the 2-by-6 inch board. Measure and cut two 24-inch pieces, two 21-inch pieces, two 12-inch pieces and two 9-inch pieces from the 2-by-12 inch board.

  • Place the two 36-inch pieces parallel to each other on their narrow edges on a flat work surface. Insert the two 33-inch pieces between the 36-inch pieces, on their narrow edges, to form a 36-inch square. Secure each corner with two 2 1/2-inch deck screws. Build a second 24-inch square with two 24-by-12 inch pieces and two 21-by-12 inch pieces, inserting three deck screws per corner. Construct a third 12-inch square with two 12-by-12 inch boards and two 9-by-12 inch boards. Build a final square with two 24-by-6 inch pieces and two 21-by-6 inch pieces.

  • Place the 24-inch square inside the 36-inch square, aligning the corners of the two squares and centering the 24-inch square. Measure and cut four 9-inch pieces from the 2-by-6 inch board. Place a 9-inch board between the two squares in the center of each side. Secure the boards with two wood screws on each end.

  • Measure and cut two 16-inch pieces from the 2-by-2 inch board. Stack the 6-inch high, 12-inch square on top of the 12-inch high, 12-inch square. Place a 16-inch piece of 2-by-2 inch board vertically into a corner of the stacked squares and secure it there with three deck screws. Put the second 16-inch piece of 2-by-2 inch board vertically into the diagonal corner and insert three screws to hold the two squares together, creating a 16 3/4-inch high, 12-inch square.

  • Measure and cut four 9-inch pieces from the 2-by-12 inch board. Position the 12-inch square in the center of the 24-inch square. Place one 9-by-12 inch board in the middle of each side between the 24-inch square and the 12-inch square. Fasten it into position with two deck screws to create a three-tiered pyramid planter.

  • Paint all of the wood surfaces with boiled linseed oil. To properly load the brush, dip it no more than one-third of the way into the can then lightly drag it against the rim as you remove it. Allow the oil to soak into the wood overnight before applying a second coat. Let this second coat soak in overnight.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add a 3/4-inch plywood bottom to the planter if you don't want to place the tiered planter on a dirt surface.
  • You can make a smaller pyramid planter by reducing the size of the parts and switching to 1-inch thick lumber.
  • Wear safety goggles and tie back any loose clothing and hair before operating power equipment.

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References

  • "Easy to Build Backyard Projects"; Monte Burch; 2009
  • "The Practical Woodworker"; Stephen Corbett; 2007
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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