How To: Make a window planter

Make a window planter

How to Make a window planter

Looking for a new DIY project? Follow the steps in this video to get a great view of big blooms and colorful posies with box planters hung beneath your windows.

You Will Need:
• 2 8' boards of 1" x 8" lumber
• Hand or table saw
• Tape measure
• Marking pencil
• Drill
• 1/8" drill bit
• 16 1½" screws
• Sandpaper
• Paint primer
• Paint
• Mounting hardware
• Dirt
• Trowel
• Cedar or pressure-treated wood (optional)
• Wood glue (optional)


Step 1: Pick wood
Pick a 1-by-8-inch piece of lumber that will stand up to the elements.


Step 2: Cut front, back, and bottom pieces
Cut three pieces of the lumber for the front, back, and bottom pieces of your planter. Cut these two inches longer than the width of your window.


Step 3: Cut sides
Cut two side pieces of 7¼ inches each. This will create square sides for your box.


Step 4: Drill sidepiece starter holes
Drill two starter holes in each side of your planter sidepieces with the 1/8-inch drill bit. The hole spacing should be uniform.


Step 5: Drill sidepieces onto front and back segments
Place the side cap on one end of the planter and, using the starter holes, drill the piece onto the front and back sections with 1½-inch screws.


Step 6: Attach bottom
Place the bottom section on the rectangular frame and drill four 1/8-inch starter holes along each of the long sides and two on the shorter edges.


Step 7: Drill bottom on
Drill the bottom section on using 1½-inch screws.


Step 8: Drill drainage holes
Drill two to four 1½-inch drainage holes along the centerline in the bottom section.


Step 9: Finish box
Sand, prime, and paint your window planter, and mount it beneath your window with the brackets. Grab your dirt and trowel and dig in to beautiful landscaping.

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