Draw the circles, then cut
1 of 3
Photo 1: Holes for pots
Mark the 6-in.-diameter holes with a
compass. Then drill 1/2-in. starter holes
and cut out the openings with a jigsaw.
2 of 3
Photo 2: Wood brackets
Mark the notch for the hanging strip
and both 1-1/4-in. ends on the brackets.
Draw the curve and cut the openings
with a jigsaw.
3 of 3
Photo 3: Hanging strip
Predrill and screw the hanging strip to
the brackets. Then center and screw
the shelf to the brackets and to the hanging
You can put together this simple
window planter in less an hour.
For each planter, you'll need three
6-in. clay pots, 3 ft. each of 1x10 and
1x3, and 2 ft. of 2x8.
Cut the 1x10 and 1x3 to length (see
photos for dimensions). Pot diameters
vary, so size the holes by scribing and
cutting out a 6-in. circle from cardboard
to ensure that the pot will rest
on its rim (Photo 1). Keep testing until
you find the size. Then lay out and cut
Use a 5-gallon pail lid to scribe the
bracket curves (Photo 2). Make sure the
grain runs parallel to the shelf for
strength. Smooth off the rough edges
and paint the parts before assembly—especially if you want the two-tone look. Then screw the parts together with 2-in. exterior screws.
Mount the shelf to the wall by
screwing through the hanging strip
into the wall framing.