Picture of Planter Boxes for Windows with Bars
These scrap wood window planter boxes have two big steel hooks on the back of them that hang onto the bars on some of my windows.  I figured why not take advantage of the ugly, but perhaps necessary bars that are all already securely mounted onto the window frame, and brighten them up a bit with a hand built unique window box.

I made two boxes, one large one for our kitchen window that has a mixed variety of nasturtiums growing in it.  The other box is a bit narrower - sized more appropriately for the smaller adjacent window.  That box is growing a climbing plant called Asarina Scandens "Joan Lorraine" with purple flowers that's known to be a good climber.  It's already starting to creep up the bars and give us a bit more 'natural' privacy on our bathroom window.

This project is very easy and can be completed in a matter of hours with very affordable materials.
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Step 1: Bang on Steel

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I cut two 12" lengths of 1" x 1/8" flat steel bar on the horizontal bandsaw (hacksaw or angle grinder also works just fine).  I then proceeded to hammer on the steel bars with a small sledge in a vice to create some very crude but strong hooks. 

Make a 90 degree bend around 2" in from one end.  Expose another inch or two of steel in the vice and make another 90 degree bend.  

The hook is now formed.  Repeat for all lengths of steel.

Step 2: Drill Holes

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Take the steel hooks over to the drill press and drill two holes on the long end of the hook around 6" apart.  Make sure one is close to the bottom of the book.

Use a lubricant (bike chain lube works just fine) while drilling.

Remember to wear eye protection to protect yourself from the little bits that may fly off the drill bit.
dana-dxb2 years ago
it dosent look scrap at all more like an art to a plant lover like me i guess ill hagn it on the hooks making them an L bracket instead
do u think itll hold the hole thing ?
ChrysN2 years ago
Nice, the scrap wood on the front looks really good.