DIY Cinder Block Garden

February 1, 2014

This is by far my favorite DIY.  I couldn't believe cinder blocks can make such beautiful planters. 

For this project, I bought 12 blocks. Each block was about $0.98 at Lowes.  It took me 1 hour to arrange the way I like it...and a backache afterwards!  But look how it turned out!  I love it!  I get so many compliments from friends and family.


What you need:

  • 12 cinder blocks
  • 11 planters
  • 11 plants
  • soil


For this layout, start from the left side and work your way up from the 1st to the 4th layer.

  • Start with the 1st layer which is the bottom most layer that is touching the ground.  
    1. Lay the 1st block vertically
    2. Lay the 2nd block (which is the middle block) horizontally
    3. Lay the 3rd block vertically
  • For the 2nd layer:
    1. Stack the 1st block horizontally on top of the first layer
    2. Stack the middle block vertically on top of the first layer
    3. Stack the 3rd block horizontally on top of the first layer

For the 3rd and 4th layer, just repeat and alternate vertically and horizontally.

When you're done, you will have 11 openings for planting.

Prepare your plants and insert inside the openings of the cinder blocks. I prefer to pot mine.  It's easier to move the plants around or change them out.

These were the plants I had innitially. They were mostly bromeliads.  I got bored and had them replaced with succulents.

5/22/15 Update

I had since rearranged the blocks with a slight modification at the top. This is the current state.  But I still move the plants around just for fun.

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