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Budget & Small Space Friendly: DIY Cinderblock Planters

updated Jul 16, 2020
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When we start talking about outdoors and all the fun things to make, build or plant, there is always one project that immediately comes to my mind: cinder block planters. They’ve been on my DIY must do list for years now and maybe this year — this year will really be the year!

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The appeal of these pretty planter groups is twofold. For starters they look chic and modern while still being cost effective. Then the rest of their appeal comes in when you take a look at their footprint in your outdoor space. Many of us only have a small deck or a few feet to enjoy. Why take up that extra room with planters? In this solution you don’t have to. Grow up instead of out!

This garden can even move with you without the idea of hauling a raised bed to your next apartment. Though it might take a little bit of muscle to move them, it’s amazing how much stronger you feel when you’re able to accomplish something for a deal instead of investing your life savings into a project.

Pictured above are two version of cinderblock planters that we’ve written about before. Revisit them for more info:
• The DIY Modern Outdoor Succulent Planter #2
Annette’s Modern DIY Outdoor Planter

Originally published April 4, 2012

(Images: 1. reader Chris 2. Julie Maigret )