How to make a wooden wheelbarrow planter

Updated February 21, 2017

A wooden wheelbarrow planter makes a great addition to any front yard or flower garden. Instead of spending a load of money to buy one, gather a few pieces of wood and materials you already have around your garage to make your own.

Use two pieces of wood measuring about 2.5 or 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) in diameter and about 75 cm (30 inches) or more long as the handles. They can be square, rectangle or round.

Drill a hole 5 cm (2 inches) from the bottom of each handle with a wood drill bit. The holes should be slightly larger than your galvanized bolt.

Cut a round wood piece about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter out of the thickest piece of wood. Make the wheel the any desired size.

Bore a hole through the centre of the wheel with a large wood drill bit just a little bigger than the designed bolt.

Attach the handles, one on each side, to the wheel with the bolt and a nut. Make the handles flush with the wheel and protrude out in a "V" shape.

Measure and cut a board about 40 x 45 cm (16 x 18 inch) for the base of the wheelbarrow. Lay the base on top the wheel-arm piece, and attach it with screws.

Cut two 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards to 40 cm (16 inches), and two more to 45 cm (18 inches). Bevel the edges of the boards with a grinder and sander, and attach the boards to the outer edges of the wheelbarrow base with screws.


Stain, paint and seal your wheelbarrow any colors you choose. If the wheelbarrow is going to be outside, you need to seal it with a weatherproof coating. If you don't have a very thick board for a wheel, cut two wheels and glue them together with wood glue before boring the hole in the middle.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 75 cm (30 inch) long 2.5 x 2.5 cm (1 x 1 inch) or 5 x5 cm (2 x 2 inch) boards
  • Two 40 cm (16 inch) 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards
  • Two 45 cm (18 inch) 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) boards
  • One 40 x 45 cm (16 x 18 inch) board
  • Wood drill bit
  • Saw
  • Long galvanized bolt and nut
  • Galvanized screws
  • Sander or grinder
  • Paint or stain
  • Sealant
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