This is a fun and easy DIY project that can display pretty flowers or keep herbs for cooking right at hand. I found a picture of this project here via Pinterest, but had to invent how to put the frames together on my own. How neat, right? The size of the frames may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your flower pots.
- 1″ x 1 1/2″ x 8′ cedar boards- 4
- wood stain
- wood glue- for outdoor use
- brad nails 1 1/4″ and 2 1/2″- 36
- 4 1/4″ terra-cotta pots- 9
- acrylic paint
- 1″ foam paint brush for staining
- clear acrylic sealer
- Spar urethane for sealing and protecting the wood from the outdoors
- eye hooks– 12
- S-hooks– 8
- chain- 8-12″
- flowers/herbs of your choice
Flower Pot Prep
Soak the flower pots in warm, soapy water for one hour to help remove the price tags and to clean them. Then set them aside for 24 hours before you apply any paint, or you can leave them as is!
- six- 17″ pieces
- twelve- 14″ pieces
- six- 3 3/4″ pieces
Then, sand and stain each piece.
Paint the Flower Pots
Flip the pots upside-down and set each one on a glass. When sealing the pots later on, I covered each glass in saran wrap or a plastic bag to protect it from being ruined. The pot should set so the top rim is off the ground. Using a sponge paint brush, paint on one or two coats of acrylic paint in the color of your choice. I used a color called bright aqua green. You may want to thin the paint with a little water to help avoid the brush marks.
After two coats of paint, I flipped over the pots and painted down inside about two inches.
In order to seal the pots and prevent the paint from peeling, spray a sealant on both the inside and outside of each pot.
Assemble the Frame
First assemble the frame that will surround the flower pots. Take two 14″ pieces and two 3 3/4″ pieces and assemble them in a rectangle. Put wood glue on the two smaller ends of the 3 3/4″ pieces and place the two 14″ pieces into the glue ends. Place two 1 1/4″ brad nails into each end. Lay the rectangle flat to dry. Assemble three. ***Note: the picture above shows the frames drying. The inner rectangle needs to be turned perpendicular to the square frame and then secured with glue and nails.
The large squares are made using two 17″ and two 14″ pieces. The 14″ pieces will be the height and the two 17″ pieces will be the width. Assemble the squares using wood glue and 2 1/2″ brad nails. I predrilled holes for the nails because I was afraid the wood would split, but I used a drill bit smaller than the nail itself so the nails would still fit snuggly.
Allow the glue to dry and then place the small rectangle frame inside the large square frame. Find the center of the 3 3/4″ side, and draw a level line so the smaller rectangle remains straight. Apply glue to your center mark and attach it using two 1 1/2″ brad nails.
Putting It All Together
Pre-drill holes for eye hooks 2″ in from the top and bottom corners of two squares. Only drill holes on the top of the third square. Using a vice, squeeze each opening of the S-hook until the eye hook can just barely pass through the opening. If you don’t reduce the opening of the S-hook, the pieces fall apart too easily; a gust of wind could knock everything down. Hang the frame using more eye hooks. My inspiration photo shows a length of chain between the ceiling and the first hanging box. I think that I may try that out too, just so the top row of flowers get more sunlight. You can purchase chain by the foot at most hardware stores. Finally, insert all nine pots filled with pretty flowers or herbs and you’ve created a masterpiece!
My two year old daughter picked out all the flowers in my planters during our trip to the local nursery. It was so fun to watch her search through the flowers and find just the right pot to take home. We made sure to avoid flowers that grow too tall, but overall just about anything will work in these pots. Be sure to water the flowers regularly and enjoy the view!
NOTE: If after reading all this you’re still confused on any steps for assembly, let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to clarify anything. I wish I had taken more photos. Note to self: more photos for the next post.
More to come!