The mix of elements—galvanized pails, a calf bucket, a galvanized hen nester—gives this project its funky flair. The pails and hen nester all came from a farm, but the galvanized finish offers a contemporary appeal. If you don't have easy access to pails or a hen nester, simply customize the project using what you have on hand. Instead of a hen nester, for example, use a galvanized tray available at home improvement centers. Look for one about 36×12 inches with 2-inchtall sides, or make a tray out of plywood. Whatever type of tray you use, drill several 1/4-inch drainage holes in the bottom. Finish the window box by stocking the pails with flowers and planting succulents, such as hens-and-chicks, in the tray.
What You Need
- Tape measure
- Galvanized hen nester or other tray approximately 36×12 inches with 2-inch-tall sides
- 3 galvanized shelf brackets to support a 12-inch-wide shelf
- 2 1/2-inch wood screws (The type of mounting hardware might vary depending on your home's siding.)
- 3/8×3/4-inch bolts with washers and nuts to fit
- Burlap to cover bottom of tray
- Potting soil
- 2 galvanized pails
- Galvanized calf bucket
- Vintage outdoor faucet handle
- Instant glue
Step 1: Measure Tray
To start off your project, measure the length of the tray or hen nester. Mark the locations for the brackets on the siding.
Step 2: Pre-Drill Holes
With a drill, use the previously marked spots to pre-drill holes for the brackets. The bracket supporting each end of the shelf should be 3 inches from the edge of the tray.
Step 3: Attach Brackets
Using the drill, attach each bracket to the siding using three 2 1/2-inch wood screws.
Step 4: Attach Tray to Brackets
Place the hen nester or tray on the brackets and attach it to the brackets with bolts, washers, and nuts.
Step 5: Place Burlap
Blanket the bottom of the tray or nester with burlap to prevent the potting soil from washing out of the tray's mesh or drainage holes.
Step 6: Fill Tray with Soil
Cover the bottom of the tray with a 2-inch-thick layer of potting soil. Be sure to choose a quality potting mix (we suggest anything organic).
Step 7: Drill Holes in Each Pail
Drill three 1/4-inch drainage holes in each pail and calf bucket bottom. For extra curb appeal, attach a vintage faucet handle to the calf bucket handle with instant glue.
Step 8: Plant in Containers
Fill the containers with potting soil and add in your favorite annuals or perennials. We used Shasta daisies, Vinca major, and dwarf gerbera daisies.
Step 9: Fill Tray with Succulents
Finish off your beautiful project by filling the planting tray with a selection of succulents. We used hens-and-chicks, Echeveria, sedum, and Bacopa. Establish the plants with plenty of water. Voíla! A beautiful, rustic window box that will have your neighbors jealous!