- 5 pieces of wood (maple shown here) (2 measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the ends), (2 measuring 20" x 5 1/2" for the sides) and (1 measuring 18 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the bottom)
-3 small finishing nails
-3 metal clips
-neon spray paint
-extra finishing nails for reinforcement (not shown)
-waterproofing tape (not shown, optional)
STEP 1: Take the piece of wood that will be used for the bottom (measuring 18 1/2" x 5 1/2") and place a small bead of wood glue on all four sides. Lay it on your work surface.
STEP 2: With one of the side pieces (measuring 20" x 5 1/2"), press it against the bottom, lining it up in the center. This will leave 3/4" overhang on each end.
STEP 3: Place a small bead of wood glue down the side of one of the end pieces and press it onto the bottom and side piece, creating a corner. Repeat this step on the other end of the planter.
STEP 5: Once your pieces are in place, use a clamp on each end to secure the box. Let the box dry for at least 12 hours. Once dry, I recommend using a couple of finishing nails on each corner to reinforce the box. (This step is not shown)
STEP 6: Using a pencil, mark where you would like your clips to go. For this box, I measured 1" down from the top opening and put one in the direct center (10" in from the end) and then split the difference for the two other clips on either side. Once you have them marked as desired, gently hammer in a nail, allowing it to poke out a bit for the clip to slide onto.
STEP 7: I spray painted the clips, using neon spray paint suitable for metal. With a couple quick coats and drying time, I was ready to customize the planter box. Using trimmed card stock, I wrote the names of the herbs I was going to plant and marked the spaces accordingly.
* If opting to use waterproofing tape, this is where you would line the inside of the box with it. This step will ensure your box will not warp over time. This step is recommended if you are planting items that require regular watering.
STEP 8: Grab some potting soil and plant your favorite items in a row! Shown here are rosemary, basil and savory.
I'm curious, what herbs would you plant to have handy in your kitchen for regular use? Right now, I can't get enough rosemary, especially on those little red potatoes. Yum!