Would you like more privacy in your terrace or garden? An outdoor privacy screen through the form of a trellis planter is a great option when you want to visually separate different areas in a decorative and practical way. This tutorial will show you how to build your own outdoor privacy screen in 5 easy steps.

If you are wondering about how to divide a space, either temporarily or permanently, in order to either make more efficient use of it, hide a specific area, or make it more private, a privacy screen is the solution you are looking for.

You can use it both indoors and outdoors, and it is an ideal option for your terrace, balcony, living room or even the office. It will also add a touch of elegance to the space, especially if it includes a wooden planter, as in the case we are showing you here.

Outdoor privacy screen: Tools and Materials

Cost, time and difficulty

If you have all the necessary tools, the total cost of materials is about £40, depending on the size of the trellis or privacy screen.

It will only take you one morning or afternoon to build this planter with trellis. The level of difficulty is low, as it only requires some DIY practice. It is, for this very reason, the perfect DIY project for beginners or those with little DIY experience.

Build an outdoor privacy screen step by step

The main advantage of this trellis planter as a privacy screen is the fact that the wood has been pre-treated to be used both indoors and outdoors.

In addition, it is not very heavy, making it easy to move, although if you prefer, you can attach castor wheels to move it even more easily. Another idea is to put a few of these trellis planters in a row in order to divide a large space in an elegant way. Here is the step by step guide to build this wooden trellis planter.

Step 1 – Cut the pieces

First, cut the pine wood boards and slats, either with the mitre saw or with the hand saw and mitre box. These are the different pieces you will need:

DIY garden trellis planter
To begin, cut the pieces
  • 4 boards measuring 60 x 10 x 1 cm and 4 boards measuring 20 x 10 x 1 for the planter
  • 1 piece of plywood measuring 60 x 20 x 0.5 cm
  • 4 slats measuring 25 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm for the planter’s legs, 2 slats measuring 60 x 3.4, x 2.2 cm and another 2 measuring 16 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm for the top part of the planter

Step 2 – Assemble the pieces of the planter

Next, assemble the pieces that make up the planter. In order to do this, follow these steps:

Glue the pieces of the outdoor privacy screen together
Bring the pieces together
  1. Glue the 25 cm long strips that make up the legs.
  2. Nail two 20 cm long wooden boards to one side of the legs and another two 60 cm long boards to the other side.
  3. Nail the plywood board measuring 60 x 20 cm to the bottom.

Step 3 – Protect the wood

Protect the wood for outdoor usage
Protect the wood

The next step will be to protect and stain the wood. This type of finish is ideal for terrace and outdoor furniture, as it allows the wood to breathe as well as regulate its moisture. This prevents it from cracking due to the contraction and expansion movements typical of this material.

For this tutorial we have used a wood stain with a slight green hue that highlights the wood’s grain, and is close to the colour of the trellis that will be attached to the planter.

Step 4 – Apply the finishing touches to the edges

Next, you will need to apply the finishing touches to the top and bottom edges of the planter. In order to do this, glue the slats measuring 60 cm and 16 cm long, and then fix them with the nailer.

The finishing touches to the outdoor privacy screen
The finishing touches

Then apply a water-based wood varnish suitable for the outdoors, and fix the PVC angle profiles measuring 25 cm long to the corners or edges. 

Step 5 – Attach the trellis

The last step will be to screw the trellis to the back of the planter. For this tutorial we have chosen a wooden trellis measuring 180 x 60 cm, made of pine wood previously treated with autoclave in order to make it suitable for the outdoors.

Add the trellis to the wooden planter
Add the trellis to the wooden planter

Another option would be to build your own trellis by nailing the wooden slats and then protecting the wood with wood stain.

The last thing you need to do is just add a few plants and ornaments to decorate the trellis planter.

Add some greenery to the wooden trellis planter
Add some greenery to the wooden trellis planter

Its versatility will allow you to place it in any indoor or outdoor space to suit your particular needs.

Voilà! An outdoor privacy screen
Voilà! An outdoor privacy screen

Written by Bricoydeco

Mari Luz is the author of the Spanish blog Bricoydeco. A big DIYer and lover of recycling, she retunes and customises furniture and objects to give them a second chance – and to turn them into unique pieces.

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