Planter Shelves

Watering System Hack

Growing and displaying plants brightens up any outdoor space, especially smaller square footage areas. A planter shelf system offers a big impact with a minimal footprint.

This project includes a simple, sturdy frame composed of vertical 1x2s, extended top and bottom beams for mounting to an exterior wall (it can also be propped against a wall), and French-cleat hanging brackets for the planter boxes. Boxes are removable and can be rearranged as desired.

Tackle this weekend project if you're longing for some more greenery with a stylish framework.

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COST:

TIME: 5 Hrs

SKILL:

Materials

  • (16) 1 x 2 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (3) 1 x 6 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (3) 5⁄4 x 6 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (4) 1 x 8 x 10' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (1) ½ lb box 1¼" wood screws & appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 2" wood screws & appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 1⅝" wood screws & appropriate bit
  • (1) ½ lb box 1" nails
  • Preferred wood finish

Cut List

  • A. (16) 1 x 2 x 96"
  • B. (4) 5⁄4 x 6 x 60"
  • C. (2) 5⁄4 x 6 x 54"*
  • D. (14) 1 x 8 x 7"
  • E. (6) 1 x 8 x 28"
  • F. (2) 1 x 8 x 38 ½"
  • G. (2) 1 x 8 x 18"
  • H. (6) 1 x 6 x 26"*
  • I. (3) 1 x 6 x 28"
  • J. (2) 1 x 6 x 36 ½"*
  • K. (1) 1 x 6 x 38 ½"
  • L. (2) 1 x 6 x 16"*
  • M. (1) 1 x 6 x 18"
  • N. (2) 1 x 6 x 5"*
  • O. (1) 1 x 6 x 6 ¾"

Requires detail cuts.

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw (or chop saw)
  • Table saw
  • Drill/driver
  • Clamps
  • Square
  • Combination countersink bit (with 2" long 1/8"bit)
  • Nail gun (and compressor)
  • Radial sander
  • Damp cloth (optional)
  • Waterproof wood glue

Watering System Hack

Planter Shelves Hack

Hack Materials

  • 1 automatic drip irrigation system
  • 75' minimum pre-assembled hose
  • 20 stakes
  • 10 nails
  • 10 clamps

Hack Tools

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer