$20 DIY Cedar Ladder Planter

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Make this super easy $20 cedar ladder planter! It’s perfect for beginner projects and doesn’t require many tools! Customize the width to fit inside any space and create your own vertical garden this afternoon.

Make this super easy $20 cedar ladder planter! It's perfect for beginner projects and doesn't require many tools! Click to see our tips for building it!

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I am so excited to share an easy DIY that is perfect for any space! All you need to do is look at the plans, measure your space, and start building! We modified the width to accommodate our porch space and you can certainly do the same for your own area.

I’ll be sharing our front porch looking jazzy for Summertime here soon, but before I finish up out there, I wanted to share this project that took less than an afternoon from start to finish.

I’ve been on the hunt trying to think of how I could add some height to the front porch, but without spending too much money. Thankfully I have a handy hubby who came to my porch planning rescue.

This DIY cedar ladder planter is the perfect addition to your garden or outdoor home decor!

This cedar ladder planter is an easy DIY that doesn't require much woodworking skill

DIY Cedar Ladder Planter

Are you thinking you need this leaning planter, too? You could plant flowers, herbs, or succulents in it to make it super cute (& practical)!

This DIY cedar latter planter is perfect for small plants, herbs, or flowers!

Get the Plans Here

This design is definitely not ours, it belongs to Ana White. It’s a great project because the total build time was just a few hours and required minimal skill.  You can download the build plans for FREE over at Ana’s site here.

Jordan built this one Sunday afternoon while the sun was shining and bonus— the kids got to be outside for hours. #happymama


The Kids:

The kids are enjoying this beautiful day, playing outside on the lawn


I enlisted Jordan to help me make the baskets for my DIY cedar ladder planter

Our cedar latter planter has five baskets, but you can make as many baskets on your planter as you like

While they were all doing very different things, everyone seemed to be pretty happy. I love Sunday afternoons like that, don’t you?

But back to this project… run over and download those plans, then read these tips & tricks to make the project run smoothly!

Things to Know Before You Build

You don’t need the jigsaw. Jordan started using the jigsaw as called out in the plans and quickly became frustrated. While it may be best practice,  you can still build a pretty planter without it!

These heavy duty baskets stand up to weather and wind, making the cedar ladder planter sturdy and safe


It’s Very Heavy!  The pre-treated 2″ x 6″ boards make this planter incredibly sturdy and heavy! It took 2 of us to carry it from the garage over to the front porch and position it. But this works really well for us since our porch isn’t covered or protected from the wind. If you don’t need the sturdiness, you may be able to sub in pre-treated 1″x6″s.

I love the natural finish of the cedar, which is why I chose to leave the baskets unfinished


Don’t Skip on the Wood Glue! I know everyone is in a hurry, but definitely don’t skip the step to wood glue the pieces together. We like to use our tried & true favorite because it always works.

Wood glue is a lifesaver in this DIY cedar ladder planter project, so don't skip out on it!


Buy Liner! With any planter you’ll find a few openings here and there. Avoid losing dirt by lacing a piece of landscaping liner in the planter before filling it with potting soil.  PS. I can’t keep flowers alive, ever, so if there are multiple items to line with, let me know. I’m just sharing what I used. 🙂

The baskets on my cedar ladder planter are lined with landscaping liner to help keep the soil and plants inside the baskets


I filled each level with planter potting mix and different types of flowers. I tried to choose some taller plants, several crawling ones to “fall over” the sides, and lots of impatiens to fill in the rest of the space.

If you would rather not us flowers, make this an overflowing herb garden! If you love fresh herbs, this is an easy way to grow everything you need, but without having to bend over or reach too far when you need something quickly.


Our cedar ladder planter sits right next to our front door and we switch out the flowers with seasonal colors!

This DIY cedar planter is an easy project that adds such a lovely touch to your front porch or garden decor

And that’s it! It’s a beautiful piece that is completely different from anything you’d find in a big box store. I’m loving the uniqueness and the fact that Jordan built it quickly. Who doesn’t love an easy build & clean up for one afternoon?

Need the cedar ladder planter build plans again? Snag them over at Ana White’s site HERE!

Happy building!



Here's how to make a super easy DIY cedar ladder planter for only $20! I love filling this planter with colorful flowers and plants for the seasons.


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  1. I love this project! I’m saving it to have my husband build at our next house. He loves to do woodworking projects and it’s nice to have diy projects that aren’t too complicated and can be completed in a day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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