Create a Stunning Outdoor Plant Shelf with Cinder Blocks

If you’re searching for an affordable and easy way to display your plants outdoors, look no further than these simple cinder block shelves. Not only are they a breeze to make, but they also add a touch of rustic charm to any garden. So, let’s dive in and get started on this delightful DIY project!

A Quick and Stylish Solution

Sometimes, a project can be so effortless and quick that you might question whether it’s worth sharing. But when the end result is as adorable as these cinder block shelves, it’s too good not to show off. Even with their simplicity, these shelves promise to transform your outdoor space into a vibrant and appealing display.

Building Your Cinder Block Plant Shelves

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cinder blocks
  • (1) 8-foot cedar 1X12 board
  • Liquid Nails
  • Caulk gun
  • Plants

Close up of plants in terra cotta pots

You might already have an idea of how you’d like to arrange your plants on these shelves. For inspiration, we used the plants from our tiered ladder garden in the photos. However, feel free to experiment with different plant varieties and arrangements. You could even create a charming herb garden or a display of colorful flowers.

Cinder block shelves with plants

To add a personal touch, you can paint the cinder blocks or stain the shelves. Let your creativity run wild and explore various options to achieve the look that best suits your yard. From bright and vibrant blocks with colorful pots to a more rustic and simple aesthetic, the possibilities are endless.

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Close up of succulents in terra cotta pots

Cinder block shelves with plants next to a fence

Remember, these versatile cinder block shelves can fulfill more than just their intended purpose. Enlarge the structure, and they can be transformed into an outdoor serving station or bar cart. Alternatively, utilize them as a potting stand or a storage space for your kids’ toys. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

DIY cinder block shelves

Outdoor cinder block shelves

Succulents on a shelf

Get Creative with Your Plant Selection

Personally, we can’t resist the allure of a well-curated shelf brimming with greenery. In-ground plants tend to fade into the background of our busy lives, requiring less attention. However, potted plants demand our care and are more likely to thrive under our watchful eyes.

As for what to fill your new cinder block shelves with, the possibilities are endless. Consider planting herbs that don’t require full sun or experiment with vibrant flowers. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try growing some container veggies? The choice is yours, and it’s a chance to let your green thumb run wild.

Ready for More Planting Projects?

If you enjoy creating unique and eye-catching plant displays, we have more DIY planter ideas for you to explore:

So, let your creativity soar, and let your outdoor space come alive with the delightful charm of these easy-to-make cinder block plant shelves. Get started today and witness the transformation firsthand.

Don’t forget to visit Ames Farm Center for all your gardening needs!


Note: The original article has been slightly modified for the purpose of this task.