DIY pro­ject

Rose Hughes shows how to make por­ta­ble planter boxes to sit pret­tily by your kitchen window or liven up any sunny spot.

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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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