Rose Hughes shows how to make portable planter boxes to sit prettily by your kitchen window or liven up any sunny spot.
Windowsill planter boxes
You will need: • 1.8m - 135mm x 10mm pine for base and sides • 1.8m - 30mm x 10mm pine for top side bar • 1.8m - 40mm x 10mm pine for lower side bar • Terracotta or zinc pots to fit • Pencil & tape measure • Nails – brass panel pins or I found some decorative bronze rose head nails left over from our house project • Drill and bits • Wood glue • Clamps • Hammer • Resene Blackboard paint, Resene Aquaclear varnish & paint brush • Chalk • Herbs / plants Cutting list: To make x 2 planter boxes. • Base: 2 x 400mm • Sides: 4 x 120mm • Top bar: 4 x 420mm • Lower Bar: 4 x 120mms Cost: $55 excluding paint, pots & plants
1 Measure and cut base, side panels and side bars. Pre-drill nail holes, glue and clamp sides to the base until dry. Add decorative nails.
2 Pre-drill, glue and nail the lower side bars into position so it is level with the bottom edge of the base.
3 Undercoat and top coat the top side bar with blackboard paint. Glue and nail the top side bar into position.
4 If preferred you can stain the bare timber using your choice of colour, then overcoat with varnish.
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