Tuesday, June 15, 2010

DIY Planter Boxes

I admit.
I was a little MIA.
For awhile.

But, that's what the summer will do to ya' now huh?

You know another thing summer will to do you?
Make you spend gobs and gobs of money on flowers and plants.
Take my word for it, I know by experience.

So, now with my newly acquired gobs and gobs of flowers and plants (which obviously replaced my gobs of money), I need a place for them now don't I?

Problem solved.
Planter boxes!!!

So, I had this great idea (and totally easy by the way) to create a long rectangular planter/window box.
But, my husband didn't just want them to be 'rectangular', so he took over and gave them a little attitude with a nice angled edge.

Which by the way....making these took for.e.e.e.e.e.e.ver.
Like forever as in if we would have stuck with my original plan, it would have been done a week earlier.
Since he did these, I helped a little, but......really,
all I know is that the magic number is 15. (for the angle)
So, a picture speaks a thousand words right?
Well, here you go, cuz I'm not spending the time to explain how to make these :)

We made the longest at 3 feet long, the smaller ones at 2 1/2 feet.
These are made out of cedar planks and secured by cut up pieces of 2x2.
We drilled some holes in the bottom.
Painted and sealed.
And .....a week in a half later.
We finally had our beautiful planter boxes!!!

So. Then we came across a little problem.
How does one hang these newly assembled planter boxes on a railing?
Any ideas??
Well. We batted this back and forth for awhile too.
And came up with this stuff:

Thats right....screen door pulls and felt bars.
(felt bars so it wouldn't scratch up the rails)

See how they work....

Ingenious huh?

I guess we'll see how they stand up to the weather and weight and what not.

Here are our babies now:

We're hoping the flowers on the ends will start cascading over the boxes.
*Cross your fingers* cuz we all know I'm a plant killer.

And my Max buddy helping momma:

I think he's happy with the planter boxes too.



  1. Those are amazing! I love that they are so long! It makes them seem grander. Does that make sense? And of course the screen door pulls and felt bars are soooo incredibly genius! And I am a plant killer too. I have not tackled the landscaping at our new house for this very reason. But back to you....awesome project!

  2. Great thinking on the hanger thingy's! You have a super sweet husband to do that for you, and I think they look great!

  3. Oh wow! those are darling! I loooove your porch! They'll look great for years to come! I'm horrible at keeping flowers alive..I seem to either over or under water ;-) Here's to best wishes for a season of beautiful and full flowers!
    Terrell ~ Frou Frou Decor

  4. those are awesome. Great thinking on the pulls. I'm trying to do something similar outside of our front windows.
    Inspiration abounds!

    Best Wishes,


  5. Love your blog!!
    I love window boxes too and would love them underneath the shutters on my windows of my house..I've been hoping and asking...we'll see! :)

    Happy day to you!

    Deborah \0/

  6. I just found your blog and I LOVE IT! Please keep posting - All the other decorating sites are people who spend more money and time making things. Yours are inexpensive but don't look it! I already wrote down several ideas that I want to try that will cost hardly anything! Very nice!

  7. These are awesome! I will feature this later today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!

  8. it is projects like these that make me glad i follow you! amazing! so i just HAD to give you an award over at my blog! http://thethriftyba.blogspot.com/2010/06/getting-some-love-from-traci66.html

  9. Learn how to build your own wooden planters. Wood planters are a great project to learn how to use woodworking techniques to build your own planter Moving Boxes...

  10. What a great idea using the screen door pulls. It's so clever!

  11. Those are really nice!!! I want to make 3 of them for my balcony railing but my problem is, my railing doesn't have the extra horizontal bar like yours does ... just the top railing with the vertical square posts underneath. :( I can't figure out how to keep them from sliding down the vertical posts! Any ideas????


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