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.
To start off your project, measure the length of the tray or hen nester. Mark the locations for the brackets on the siding.
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.
Using the drill, attach each bracket to the siding using three 2 1/2-inch wood screws.
Place the hen nester or tray on the brackets and attach it to the brackets with bolts, washers, and nuts.
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.
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).
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.
Fill the containers with potting soil and add in your favorite annuals or perennials. We used Shasta daisies, Vinca major, and dwarf gerbera daisies.
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!