Garden Projects—Window Planter Box
Garden Project—Window Planter Box
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes as well as formal and informal. Regardless of the size or style, garden projects are a great way to personalize the space. There is a certain pride in putting a project together and having it actually become something useful.
Projects can be basic such as a birdhouse or a major project such as a water feature, or anything in between depending on your budget and time. Our focus today will be on a Window Planter Box.
A Window Planter Box adds focus and interest and dress up an otherwise plain wall.
It also enhances the view from inside the house when you can gaze upon the beauty that you have planted in the box. Window planters are not difficult to build—general woodworking skills should serve you just fine. Tools are: skill saw or miter saw, tape, 1 1¼ inch deck screws (or nails) and power screwdriver (or hammer), angle square.
First measure the width of the window including trim. A good size for a window planter box is 9 to 10 inches high and 11 inches deep and at least as wide as your window. The accompanying images will give you further assistance. Decorative wooden hanging brackets make an attractive support to attach your box to and the attach to the house.
We have used individual pots and plastic rectangular containers (tray) and feel that the rectangular containers (tray) work best. The tray allows for ample planting and root growth. Also the tray or pot can easily be removed for planting and protects your wooden box. Depending on the size of your box, you may end up using a combination of pots and tray. You can find a wide selection of containers at your local home improvement center.
The rectangular container (tray) usually has a lip which will give a nice clean look to the top of your box. Cut the trim to allow the lip of the tray to rest on it. We used 1x Cedar for it’s weathering ability. The box itself is constructed with 1 x 4 tongue and grove Cedar which gives the box a nice look. The floor of the box is 1x 10 Cedar.
General Guideline for building your Window Planter Box:
Cut the 1×4 tongue and grove to the height of your box
Screw the bottom of each to the edge of the 1×10 on all 4 sides
Cut 1×2 cedar to the width of the front plus the miter so you can join the 4 corners with this trim. Do this for the ends and back. This acts as a collar all the way around your box.
Screw from the inside to attach the top edge of the 1×4 tongue and grove.
Repeat this 1×2 trim around the bottom of the box as well.
Cut 1×3 for the top trim. You may have to rip the board to allow the container to fit properly. Miter your corners for a nice custom look.
Please note: If you feel you lack the skill to do a miter cut, you could square cut the ends
And butt one into the other to maintain the smooth collar look.
Now stain or paint your Window Planter Box. You have created a project to enjoy for years to come!