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How to Make a Removable Window Shelf For Your Plants

Updated: Sep 10, 2022

I needed extra space to grow my light-loving plants, but I didn't want to clutter my already crowded dining room with another piece of furniture.

It was important to me that the shelves looked nice and were easy to quickly remove. So here's what I did.

I used a speed square to mark where the holes should go for the shelf pegs. I placed one side against the window and marked lines on the wood frame with a wood pencil so the shelf would be level. Here are the tools I used:

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I used this drill bit gauge to help me figure out what size hole to make. My bracket needed a 1/4" hole, so I used a 1/4" inch drill bit to make holes in the window frame.

Here's what it looks like underneath the shelf. The shelf is made from a section of a reclaimed fence picket. I had to cut it down to size with a chop saw. I have this Dewalt one, and it's great. The 12" blade is perfect for cutting through 6" fence pickets, plus lots of other projects.


I like how these brackets are barely visible.

I bought that adorable coffee mug at my local Goodwill for 50 cents. It's on the smaller side, so probably nobody wanted it for that reason. Those are cuttings of "Wandering Dude" that are inside it.

I had both of these in my flea market booth for over a year and nobody wanted them, so I brought them home and turned them into a planters.

Plants + Vintage Planters = Happiness

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave comments, questions, and suggestions. I'm always learning new things, and I love sharing what I've learned so far!

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