Gorgeous Indoor Wall Planter Boxes
So this project is something I am so excited about! I have thought for some time how much I would love to have indoor planter boxes that would add some beautiful dimension with the greenery but also serve as a wall adornment. I’m lucky that my home has large, gorgeous windows and so I do not have a lot of walls to fill with decor. But the space that I do, I wanted something fresh, unique and a standout. These wall planter boxes were my perfect solution. Below I will outline how easy these really are to make!
Step 1: Determine dimensions and gather supplies
Before heading to the Home Depot, it’s a good idea to measure your wall to determine how big you want the boxes to be. That way you will be able to get the boards you need and not have to make multiple trips. Here is the list of supplies I picked up:
I wanted the dimensions of my boxes to be 24″ long, 6″ wide and 5″ high. I was able to achieve this with the above supplies.
Step 2: Cuts and dry fit
Two types of cuts will have to be made for this project: standard cuts and miter cuts. The project would be a bit easier if you had access to two saws, but can be done just as well with one saw. I have a table saw and a miter saw so was able to easily set both to regular or miter cuts.
I chose the ghost wood because I loved the finish; it has character of barn wood without the cost. Sadly, it does not come in standard planks, but rather shiplap planks. The portion of the shiplap that goes behind or “interlocks” with another piece of shiplap, I trimmed this off for a clean finish on the boxes.
Next, make a 45 degree bevel cut on the very edge of the board. Measure the desired length (for me, it was the front 24″ piece), mark, and make your second bevel cut. Here is a great article describing the difference between a bevel and a miter cut; both are achieved with a miter saw.
Repeat this with the two side pieces and the back; I measured and cut my sides to be 6.25″. The back portion is cut to the same dimensions as the front piece, however, instead of using the ghost wood, I used the common board, mostly to save enough materials to make two boxes out of one piece of ghost board. Once all the pieces are cut, dry fit them together to make sure the bevel corners are snug.
Step 3: Assemble
After you verify they fit, staple all boards together with a nail gun. I wanted the front of my box to be clean with no nails and so all the nails were inserted on the short sides of the box. About three nails down each side of the board is sufficient enough to secure the boards together.
Use a common board for the bottom of the box. Measure the inside length and width of bottom of the box and mark and cut accordingly the common board. Secure the bottom with the nail gun. Again, I did not fasten any nails on the front of the box, but rather the sides and back.
Step 4: Cut and install french cleat
What is a French cleat you ask? It is a way to fasten or hang something onto the wall by using 45 degree angles that slide together. This sytems allows for you to remove the object with ease without having to remove any screws or nails from said wall. It is extremely strong and very convenient. Instead of trying to explain how to do it, I found a great video that will walk you through how to make one. It is so easy, I promise!
Once you have the boards cut, find your studs on the wall and be sure to anchor one of those cleats to the studs using the screws in the list above. Ensure it is level (obviously). Fasten the second cleat to the back of the box. Make sure the 45 degree angle is opposite the one on the wall so they slide together.
Step 5: Plastic, plant, hang
Smooth sailing for here! Take the plastic you purchased and cut a piece that will fit inside the box. Be sure to have overhang that will be trimmed later. Using a simple staple gun, staple it only near the top of inside of the box. You do not want to staple near the bottom because it will cause water to leak out. The purpose of the plastic to keep dirt and water contained so it won’t leak all over your floors. Trim off excess plastic once it is nicely secured to all edges of the box.
Now, grab your soil and plants and get to work! I found some wonderful house plant at the Home Depot for very inexpensive! I think I got all of my plants for this project for $20 or less! Needless to say, I was very pleased with this price point.
Once your plants are situated how you want in the boxes, water, and slide your boxes onto the cleats fastened to the wall! Center where you want them and step back to admire your work! Aren’t they gorgeous!? I seriously cannot stop staring at my beautiful boxes and plants! I couldn’t ask for anything better to adorn my wall. They were the perfect addition to my living space!
Bye for now babes,