DIY Planter Box Crate-Tutorial (1)

The cutest little crate ever!

I wanted something new for my kitchen window this spring so I went on the search for a new embellishment.   I’ve really been into planters and planter boxes this year so that’s what my eyes were peeled for.  And, what do you know!  I found this cute little treasure displayed as a DIY project in a garden store.  Luckily I had my handy-dandy hubby with me and he took a few quick measurements and by the next evening I was painting this little dandy.  I love it!

Here’s how:

Cut (1) 16” x 5 ¼” board (bottom)

Cut (2) 5” x 5 ¼ “  boards (ends)

Cut (10) 17 ½” slats (sides) These slats are ½” x ¾”

Sand all pieces until you feel good about it.

Glue (wood glue) and nail ends to bottom (we used a finish nailer for this), then slats to sides (we used a brad nailer for this).  Regular nails might split the wood.

Paint with your choice.  I used Valspar.  You can buy these little jars of this paint for under $3.00 at Lowe’s and they’ll mix any color you want.   I only used about 1/3 of this jar for 2 coats.

Spray with a matte sealer and attach the two cup pulls on the ends and………there you go!

This is so cute in my window sill.  This picture I took is too dark, but I wanted to give you an idea of the scale.

window box in window- resized

I put three 4” clay pots in it and they fit perfectly.  I also bought 3 clear plastic trays for the pots to catch the spills when I water.

I have herbs planted in this one and pansies look adorable in this little crate, too.

TIP:  If you want to make something like this for a different size pot, just adjust the measurements of your components.  Easy-peasy!