Build A Fall Decor Planter Box

With this quick and easy project, you can create a beautiful centerpiece to use year round!

For this box we created a 36 inch long box. (Actual Dimensions: 36” L x 5.5” H x 7” W.)

You will need:


  • Miter/Circular Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Mallet
  • Clamp
  • Two Sawhorses (or similar to keep your box up high)


  • 10ft x 6 inch x 1 inch board, your wood choice (we used whitewood)
  • 1-5/8″ nails, silver or white (we used white)
  • Your choice of stain or paint, we used Weathered Wood Accelerator
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam brushes

Putting the Box Together

Step 1

Using the miter saw, cut the 5 pieces needed to put the box together. You will need 3 pieces that are 36” long and two pieces that are 5.5” long.

Step 2

After cutting your 3 pieces, cut your two 5.5” pieces along the grain so they are 4.75” tall. You should have the following pieces.

Step 3

Sand any rough edges, being sure to follow the grain as you sand.

Step 4

Place the three 36” pieces on the sawhorses, and use a clamp to hold them together. If any sides look rougher than other sides, have them face the inside. Be sure your sides are aligned. If needed, sand more until the sides are flush.

Step 5

Once aligned and sanded, it is time to start nailing the box together! We pre-drilled the nail holes the ensure the nails went in smoothly. Your nails will need to go at each end and in the center (18”), ⅜” from the outside edges of the box. Mark your holes lightly with a pencil and pre-drill your holes.

Step 6

Nail each end and then add one nail in the center. Repeat on the other side.  As you hammer, you will want to be very careful not to hit the box or you may damage/dent the box!

Step 7

Place your 4.75” piece on one side. You may need to sand or trim a little to fit, but if it is a little crooked, don’t worry. It will fit once nailed together.

Step 8

Clamp the side together and if necessary, gently tap the piece in using a mallet.

Step 9

Pre-drill and then nail your side piece in with one nail at the top and one nail in the center. Be sure your nail is ⅜” in from the edges. Repeat on the other side.

Step 10

Once your box is completely put together, look over your box and sand any additional places. Be sure there are no tags, rough edges or glue on wood. That will affect your staining!

Staining Your Box

Step 1

Open your stain and mix to be sure consistency is correct. Begin painting on your stain, being sure to use more on the rough edges and less on the sides. You may need to dab the rougher spots several times to make it absorb.

Step 4

Decorate your box and be amazed!

Suggested decorations:

  • Florals
  • Ornaments
  • Plants
  • Fairy lights
  • Feathers

Step 2

Continue covering all sides and insides. Be sure you do not let it run down the sides of your box or it may stain that way. If it drips smooth the stain out. Be patient as it may take a while before your box looks the way you are wanting it too!

Step 3

Let your box dry for the time listed on your stain container. Ours was one hour. You can then re-apply your stain if you desire. After our second stain, our box was complete!

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