Connect a pair of planters with painted wood trim and add birch logs and ornaments to decorate your front porch, deck or patio. After the holidays, it converts to a raised planter. Or decorate a single container with a colorful wooden base.
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For the stacked planter, cut three pieces 11-3/8 inches long for the two sides and center support. Cut two pieces 12-7/8 inches long for the ends from the 1 x 3 board. To make a frame for the base of a single planter, cut sides 11-1/2 inches long and two ends 13 inches long.
Rest the center support on a 3/4-inch piece of scrap to hold it in position against the ends. Glue and clamp the sides and center support to the ends. (You’ll omit the center support for the single planter.) After the glue dries, reinforce the joints by drilling 1/8-inch countersunk pilot holes and driving 1-3/4-inch wood screws.
Cover the screws with an exterior wood putty and let dry. Sand the outside faces and edges of the frame with 120-grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Apply three coats of the paint of your choice (Red Queen shown) and let dry.
Rest a planter right side up on a scrap board. With a drill and 5/16-inch bit, drill through the centers of the four recessed areas at the inside bottom of a planter.
Turn the other planter upside down and rest the first planter on it with the legs flush. Using the holes in the first planter as a guide, drill through the feet of the bottom planter.
Place the frame on the upside down planter so that the center support rests on the outside bottom of the planter. Then place the other planter on the first one so that the holes align.
Insert a flat washer on a bolt and pass it through the holes in the two planters. Where it comes out, add a flat washer, lock washer and nut. Tighten the nut to hold the planters together and repeat for the remaining three bolts.
Position the planter where you want it and add soil and plants.
For a single planter, place the wooden frame on the surface where you want the planter. Place the planter within the frame and add soil and plants.