how-to-make-a-pond-and-planter-boxYou can add serenity to your yard or garden even in the smallest of spaces with this DIY pond and planter box. Add your favorite plants, flowers, lily pads and even aquatic life to help bring your new pond and planter box to life!


  • 15 feet of 1×8-inch cedar boards
  • Handsaw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Scrap wood
  • Water sealant
  • Plastic liner
  • Water plants
  • Potting soil
  • Pea gravel or landscape rocks
  • Gazing ball or other ornaments

Step 1: Cut two 30-inch boards for the sides of the box and two 15-inch boards for the ends.

Step 2: Use wood screws to assemble the outer box frame. Measure the interior dimensions and cut boards to fit as a base, then attach using wood screws every 6 inches along the edges of the sides and ends.

Step 3: Measure and cut a board that will fit inside the box as a section divider to separate the planting space from the pond space. You can divide the box in two equal halves or place the divider so there is one-third planting and two-thirds pond.

Step 4: Cut four 1×2-inch pieces of scrap wood. Apply water sealant to one side of each piece. When dry, nail a piece with the sealant side down to each exterior corner of the box.

Step 5: On the inside of the box, install a plastic liner or use a water sealant that is safe for aquatic life. Read the sealant label carefully or check with an expert. Apply one coat more than recommended to the pond and planter sections. On the planter side, drill three holes in the bottom for drainage.

Step 6: Add water, plants, fish and other desired ornaments to your planter and pond.

That’s it! In just six steps you can have your very own still-water pond and planter box to enjoy. Just don’t forget to tend to your new aquatic friends!

  • By: Draper and Kramer Mortgage Corp.
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