Before you say it, I know that planter boxes usually go on the outside bottom of a window. While I was adjusting a mirror in my room I noticed how plain my windows looked. To be honest, there is nothing exciting about a window, and my view leaves something to be desired. What I did notice was the lack of green in the room. So after some careful thought, a middle school sketch, and some opinions from a few close friends, I created this DIY Planter Valance. So, if you are ready, here is a step by step guide!
DIY Planter Valance: What you’ll need!
This is going to be specific to your window, or wherever you are putting this. Take a tape measure, and be sure to measure everything out. My window was 37 inches across from frame to frame, and then I wanted it to come off of the window about 3 1/3 inches. Measuring is not the fun step I know, but it definitely is the most important out of all of them! I found all of the building materials at Home Depot, and I borrowed the tools necessary from a friend. I know, I am shocked I don’t have a hand saw laying around too!
How to assemble the planter box
- Once you have your measurements down, you can start sawing your wood. As always when using powertools, be extremely careful. Accidents happen, but they don’t have to. Cut your wood along the lines that you have from measuring.
- Take your pieces of wood, and screw or nail them together. I used a nail gun because it was easier, and also my friend just happened to have one! Take the side pieces of your box, and make sure they are perfectly lined up. Once they are even, nail away! Don’t put the bottom of the box at the bottom. I placed mine just slightly halfway. This left me room for my curtain and rod to still hang. If you are confused, just check out the photos!
- Now that we have a basic box, we can add our molding to it. I found this rope like molding at Home Depot. It was simple, but I still felt as though it was my style. I simply secured his with some well placed finishing nails, but mostly with wood glue. It gave the box a little more personality, but is not a necessary step!
Let’s decorate our DIY Planter Valance!
- If you like the wood look, then you can completely leave it like that. I chose to spray paint mine champagne gold, since that is a major color in my room. Typically, I get my spray paint for these projects from Michaels, but home improvement stores typically have the same spray paint. I always pick up the premier spray paint. It just applies to surfaces better, and I usually get a better coating.
- Depending on the size of your box, pick up some floral foam. I chose dry foam since I was using artificial plants. The thought of using a garland did cross my mind, but I wanted the greenery to be more stylized than what a garland would give me. If you are using this as an actual planter, by all means, use whatever you feel is appropriate.
- It is finally time for the fun part! When I came up with this idea, Hobby Lobby was having a half off floral stems sale. If they aren’t having that sale now, they probably will soon. I picked out greenery that I liked the look of, and some that I knew would spill over the edge. I’m all about a hanging garden look! You can use any color you want, any stem, this is completely customizable!
What are your favorite DIY projects to do?