How to Build a Brick Planter Box


Planter boxes are a means to draw interest to specific areas of your landscape, display prized plants, or just raise the planting area up to a level that is comfortable for you. Brick is a classic material to use for all types of outdoor designs and makes a perfect planter box; it is not only aesthetically pleasing but extremely durable.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Level
  • Brick
  • Gloves
  • Dig a trench in which to build the foundation for your brick planter box. Make your trench 5 to 6 inches deep and 5 to 6 inches wide. Fill with mortar -- mixed according to the instructions on the bag -- to a height that is level with the ground. Allow the mortar to dry for about one week.

  • Spread a thin layer of mortar over the foundation and begin laying your bricks. Leave about a quarter-inch gap between each brick and fill with mortar. Use the trowel to scrape away any excess mortar that seeps out. Use the end of the handle of the trowel to tap the bricks into places. Use the level as you go to make sure the bricks are level.

  • Lay the next row of bricks by setting each brick one-half brick length back from the one on the row below starting at a corner. Use your trowel to place mortar on the bottom and sides of each brick before you lay it and then once again to scrap away any excess mortar that seeps out over the bricks. Remember to make sure that the bricks are level. In addition, fill in the back of the bricks with mortar.

  • Continue laying each row of bricks as described in Steps 2 and 3 until your planter box is the desired height.

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