Repurposed Shutter Planter Boxes


I have a thing for shutters...doesn't everyone!? I pick them up at yard sales & flea markets whenever I see them even if I don't have a specific project in mind...I used a few from my stash to build (with a little help from my husband) some planter/anything boxes ~
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A simple little project using shutters and fence pickets ~
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The side pieces were cut the same height as the short sides of the shutter and the bottom piece was cut to fit between them...no rough edges on the sides and the seams end up on the bottom ~
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We (my husband) used a nail gun to attach it all together...quick & easy!
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These went together so quickly we may have got a little carried away making them...
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repurposed shutter box planters, container gardening, diy, gardening, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects
All decked out for spring ~
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Rustic shutter planter / anything boxes ~
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repurposed shutter box planters, container gardening, diy, gardening, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects

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  • Barbara
    on Mar 21, 2016

    I do love shutters! I love your window box, very clever idea! I hate the idea of investing in a nail gun and compressor though, any ideas how I can achieve the same without these tools?

    • Ginny Lewis
      on Mar 21, 2016

      @Barbara You could use small paneling nails and a hammer. or just get a glue gun. Good luck and have fun!

    • Ambachmann
      on Mar 21, 2016

      You can purchase an electric 3in1 brad nailer/stapler for about $20 at Harbor Freight Tools. I use mine constantly, works great!

    • Barbara
      on Mar 21, 2016

      @Ambachmann I looked at Harbor Freight Tools online and I can't find the 3in1 brad nailer/stapler you refer to. Do you have the name of the product manufacturer? I've been wanting one, but won't spend the $200 to get the air compressor for the air type tool.

    • Ambachmann
      on Mar 21, 2016

      It's Chicago Electric item 93749 at harborfreight.com. Love mine!

    • Ambachmann
      on Mar 21, 2016

      It will also come up if you google it. Good luck.

    • Barbara
      on Mar 22, 2016

      THANK YOU! I found it and it's in my cart and I pinned it on Pinterest so others could find it easily for small jobs. Been wanting one for a long time to use with DIY projects but wasn't going to part with $$ for a compressor!

    • Ambachmann
      on Mar 23, 2016

      Your welcome. Once you buy it, you can get any of the various sized staples it holds at Wal-Mart or home depot. That's where I have found the best prices.

  • Kaioverbeck
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Does the dirt fall thu the shutter openings?

    • Eva1275808
      on Mar 21, 2016

      You could line the insides of the box with plastic or landscape fabric. Just make sure you have drainage holes in the bottom.

    • Cheryl Gyles
      on Mar 21, 2016

      You could also just put in potted plants and make it easily interchangeable.

    • 9530106
      on Mar 21, 2016

      Definitely more of a cache planter box, so to speak. So cute!

    • Priscilla
      on Mar 21, 2016

      If the shutters are the size big enough to hide a flower box that would work keeping the dirt in ,but I would do the answer of lining with land scape fabric , I use this to line the coconut , liners

    • Dell
      on Mar 22, 2016

      Too cute. I would use them in the house on the wall or table.

    • Leemac
      on Feb 13, 2019

      You could staple weed blocker fabric to the inside to keep the dirt from coming out the slats.

  • Carol D
    on Mar 22, 2016

    Now I know what I can do with the 8 pair of shutters I have kept after I removed them from the windows. Now a question...what to do with the 6 pair of big shutters I removed from the outside of the windows?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Mar 22, 2016

      @Carol D You could use them to make a screen, room divider, table, bench...lots of ways to repurpose :)

    • Mollee Kauzlarich
      on Mar 24, 2016

      I've seen tall column planters or fern stands made from bigger shutters. They look nice flanking the door on a porch.

    • Wla4520738
      on Mar 24, 2016

      You can get decorative hooks and hang necklaces and bracelets on them.

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