How to Make a Handy 2-in-1 Planter and Privacy Screen

Gain some privacy in style with this easy privacy screen great for small spaces.

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Materials Needed:

  • (6) 1"x4"x8' pine or cedar planks
  • (1) 1"x2"x8' pine plank
  • 1-1/2" wood screws
  • 1" wood screws
  • variety of pre-made planter boxes, 4 inches to 24 inches long
  • soil
  • plants
  • (6) L brackets or U brackets

Build the Frame

From two of the 1”x4”x8’ boards cut 4 pieces that are 44 inches long. Cut three of the 1”x4”x8’ boards to 7 feet long. Lay the three 7 foot boards on a flat surface, evenly spaced with outside edges of the two outside boards 44 inches apart. Place one of the 44” boards under the ends of the 7' boards on both ends. Lay the other 44” boards on top of the 7’ boards. Attach the 44” boards to the ends of the three 7’ boards with two 1-1/2” screws at each place where the boards intersect. Tip: For best results pre-drill holes before adding screws.

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Add Planter Boxes

Lay the completed frame on a flat surface and arrange window boxes to create the desired design. Tip: Remember to consider what plants will fill the boxes and if any hanging plants or other accessories will be part of the design.
Once the design is determined use a carpenter’s square to make level marks where the boxes are.

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson


Cut the 1”x2” boards in pieces that match the lengths of each of your boxes. Attach the corresponding pieces of 1”x2” boards to the frame with 1" wood screws.
Place the window boxes against the frame with the bottom of the boxes resting on the 1”x2” supports.  Use 1" screws to attach the boxes to the frame by screwing the screws through the back of the frame and into the box. Tip: use a clamp to hold the boxes in place if working alone.

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Finish the Details

Raise the top end of the screen off of the surface slightly and attach the 46” board centered directly over the top. Use 1" screws to secure it to the frame.

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

If adding a hanging plant, screw one 1-1/2” screw through the horizontal part of the top of the frame centered over the opening and about 2 inches from the bottom of the board. The plant hanger will go between the front and back boards and rest on the screw.
If the screen will be used on a wooden deck or balcony use L brackets to attach the frame to the deck at the bottom of the rails.
If screen will be attached to a metal deck or balcony use U brackets that will attach to the frame and wrap around a metal railing. 

Planted Privacy Sceen

Planted Privacy Sceen

Create a plant filled privacy screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Add Plants

Add plants to the boxes. Hang plants and other design elements as desired.

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