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Do you have a stretch of fence that could use some brightening?  This hanging planter holder can handle a standard plastic planter box on top and three 6 1/4 pots on the bottom.

You will need:

  • 2 1”X12”X8”
  • 1 1”X8”X8’
  • 1 box No. 7 X 1 5/8 exterior wood screws
  • 1 standard planter box (23 3/4 X 7”)
  • 3 6 1/4 clay pots
  • 6 no 6 X 1 1/4: exterior wood screws
  • Paint of choice

First, cut a 24’ piece from the first 1 X 12.  Then cut 2 32” pieces from the same 1 X 12.  From the next 1 X 12, cut a 24” piece and a 36” piece.   From the 1X8 cut 2 36” pieces.

Take one of the 24” pieces of 1 X 12” and rip it in half, leaving you with two 5 1/2 inch pieces.  These are the front and back of the planter box holder.

Take a coffee can or paint can and draw a circle in the upper left hand corner of one of the 32” pieces.  Cut an arc out of the board.  Draw the pattern on the second 32” piece and repeat.  These are your sides.

Take the back piece of the planter box and attach it to the two sides below the arc you just cut.

Mark a line  7 1/4 inches forward from the back of the planter holder and attach the front of the planter holder at that line to both sides.

Take the other 24”X 1” X 12” piece.  Draw a center line down the 24” length that is 5 1/2 inches from both sides.  Come in 4 1/2 inches and make a mark.  Go down 7 1/2 inches and make another mark.  Finally, go down 7 1/2 inches and make a third mark.  Set your compass to three inches and draw three circles, using your marks as the center of each circle.

Cut inside the lines on each circle and cut the circles out.  If you cut too large, your pots will fall through.

Attach the bottom to both sides.

Place the remaining three boards on a flat surface with the two 1X8 boards bracketing the 1X12 board.  Draw a pleasing arc across the three board back.

Cut the boards along the arc.

Screw the back boards in this order to the sides and bottom.  Use one 1X8, one 1X12, and one 1X8.  Use the six no 6. Screws to fasten the back boards to the back of the planter box so the screws do not push through from the back and show.

Here is a picture of the finished product, ready to be painted.  Then hang it on the fence, add the planter and the pots, and admire the view.

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