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Flower boxes: Wood working DIY hanging flower boxes in our master!

Jun 12 2017 -
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This post is about how I built hanging flower boxes for our master bedroom! So this past winter I kinda went stir crazy with cabin fever. There really isn’t any explanation for it as we had an actually VERY short winter for us. But that doesn’t change the fact that I really did have a tough time personally. I just got so tired of the daily grind and the gray and the white and the never-seeing-the-sun and the every day being the same. Ugh. So, it occurred to me that maybe something green and growing in our master bedroom might just help brighten my winter days a little bit. So, I got to planning my flower boxes!

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

I decided to hang them because we have egress windows so I couldn’t put them on the sill where the crank handle is. At 27 inches wide I knew I could use 1x6s cut at that length and then a 1×4 in the bottom creating the depth. I gathered my materials and cut all of my pieces before assembling.

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

To assemble I used my brad nailer with my air compressor, you can use screws in this case but make sure and pre-drill before hand, anything that’s only the depth of a 1x will split. Once assembled I stained them with Minwax dark walnut stain and added some old wood to the fronts for character. Remember how that old sink we used in the basement came in its original crate? Yup those two boards came off of that!

My next issue to deal with: How was I going to make these water tight? I looked all over for plastic inserts but none of them were the right size so I had to get creative: I caulked all of the inside seems (that is just a gray pure silicone caulk I had on hand) and then pressed a garbage bag into every corner and nook and crany and then cut off the excess. I then added even more caulk along the top edges (and that is just a clear pure silicone caulk that I also had on hand) to keep the garbage bag totally in place and let it dry over night.

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

To plant I added a second garbage bag (just to be sure we were TRULY water tight) and a layer of pine cones for both drainage and to help keep the weight down. From there I just used regular potting soil and planted. (Joe and I each got to pick out three plants each as we already had those cute little fairy castles.)

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

I measured out from the edge of the window to the edge of the trim to center the hooks and make sure they were all the same distance out from the sides. The hooks we used I had on hand leftover from my mom’s chandelier. I did a little bit of pre drilling with a VERY small drill bit as we were both having nightmares of these planters crashing down on us in the middle of the night SO they were VERY hard to screw in. It took everything Joe and I had to get them all the way in passed the trim and into the framing above the window. Those hooks aren’t going anywhere ever.

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

From there I purchased 50 feet of 3/8″ sisal rope from our local fleet store and it was just the job of cutting four pieces to length according to where I wanted the boxes to hang in the window. With them cut I tied a knot in them all at the same place and looped them over the hooks.

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

Oh now we come to the moment of a blogger facepalm, I was in such a rush to get these flower boxes built (and really excited too) that I forgot I had measured with the fact that I was going to put the sides/ends INSIDE of the walls of the boxes, just like I did with the bottoms. Yeah, so, I didn’t do that. So after all of that work I brought my now lovely (and fully planted and rather heavy) planters upstairs and they were 1/2 inch too wide. REALLY!?

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope
How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

So, as you can see, the planters with the sides/ends that I had finished and planted are missing those sides/ends in the after pictures of them hanging in the windows. It wasn’t a huge deal and only took me about ten minutes to fix but boy was I fed up with myself. So, I popped off the sides/ends (carefully peeling the caulk and garbage bag off of them) then cut them down, put them INSIDE the walls and bottom, tacked them into place with my brad nailer and then hauled the flower boxes back upstairs to finally loop them into the rope and call it a day.

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal ropeHow to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

Except for that little hiccup I sure am happy with them. I gave myself nearly two months to take the after photos and publish them here on the blog because I wanted the vines to have a chance to grow a little. In my head I imagine those vines spilling all the way down the window by next winter. 🙂

How to build wood working DIY do it yourself hanging flower and planter boxes for your windows or anywhere with sisal rope

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54 Comments

  1. June 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Will do some general cleaning at home next week. I wanted to have some mini garden on my bedroom or maybe in the living room. Anyways, thank you for sharing this. Will be saving this on my bookmarks <3. Cheers!

  2. June 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    SO stinkin cute! Love this idea.

  3. June 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Aww…I really love these! 🙂

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  4. June 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Beautiful! What a great idea. 🙂

  5. Jenny Young
    June 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I love this!

  6. June 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Love these! That touch of old wood on the front makes a world of difference.
    #happynow

  7. June 14, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Great idea!

  8. June 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    These look really great. Your idea of using caulk and garbage bags to make them watertight was inspired.

  9. Jann Olson
    June 15, 2017 at 4:12 am

    The planters are really cute. I especially love the addition of the crates! They add so much interest. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  10. June 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    That’s such a clever idea! I love that you put some old crate wood on the front to give them age and interest. I’m impressed with your construction-ability.

    • June 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle!

  11. June 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    LOVE these! And the way they hang right inside the window frames is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  12. June 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Tarahlynn: Your having another busy week I see. Your home must be a beehive of creative activity. The flowers boxes are fantastic because you added the sides of the old sink box. It makes them one of a kind. What a awesome way to reuse the old box pieces.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. June 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    These are wonderful! What a great use of space and how beautiful they are hanging in the window!

  14. June 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    These planters look GREAT! Thank you for sharing this clever project at Tuesdays with a Twist! I hope you have time to join us again this week. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  15. June 18, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m loving this idea Tarah. We’re slap bang in the middle of Winter here in South Africa and I’m just not a big fan of the season. These are just perfect to bring a little bit of Summer back inside

    • June 19, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Hey Michelle, exactly what I was thinking, hopefully these will make winter a little easier for us too! Have a great week!

  16. kristin howard
    June 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I love your planters with the old crate front pieces – makes a world of difference. Isn’t it wonderful to add some green to a room especially when you are having winter doldrums? Planning on trying these myself. Thanks for the idea.

    • June 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Yup I definitely need to bring in some more green and growing things to help me through next winter 🙂 Now I just need to get better at keeping them alive lol! Thanks for coming by Kristin!

  17. June 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    They look AMAZING!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    • June 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for coming by Cindy!!

  18. June 19, 2017 at 2:52 am

    these are sooooo incredible! the crate wood on the fronts adds the perfect touch of character. wonderful tutorial, too. pinning.

  19. June 19, 2017 at 8:32 am

    These look beautiful. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays last week, you are one of my features this week 🙂

  20. June 20, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    These are so cute! I think having green things in our living space really adds to the overall fengshui of any room! Thanks so much for sharing this at the #happynowlinkup

  21. June 21, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    LOVE your planters Tarah and am featuring them tomorrow at Vintage Charm!

  22. June 23, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    The idea of adding the pine cones is really smart Tara. And of course they look great. A simple and green way to add a little sunshine in your room.

  23. Marlene Stephenson
    June 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I love your window boxes,a great place to hang them too. Have a wonderful day.

    • June 27, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much Marlene, have a great day too!

  24. July 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Love these boxes, Tarah! They are so charming and such a good idea hanging them in the window. Pinning.

  25. July 27, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Oh wow I love these so much! I might have to make some! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂 stopping by from the creative circle link up!

    -Jenny
    http://sweetteal.com

    • July 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jenny!

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