Create Your Own Window Plant Shelf: A DIY Guide

Are you a plant lover looking for a creative way to display your greenery? Look no further! In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of building your very own DIY window plant shelf. Not only will this help you showcase your plants, but it will also add a touch of natural beauty to your home. Let’s get started!

Building the DIY Window Plant Shelf

Step One: Building the Interior Supports

To begin, construct the skeleton of the shelf using a 2×2 piece of wood. This frame will provide the necessary support for your plants. Make sure to assemble the frame to fit the measurements of your window. The length should match the inside of the window, while the depth should be slightly less to allow for the board that will be added on top. Use construction adhesive and screws to secure the frame, ensuring its stability.

Step Two: Installing the Support

Now that you have the framing ready, it’s time to install it in your window well. Locate the studs in your wall and carefully drill holes in the sides of the support. Attach the support to the wall, making sure not to touch the window frame itself. Consider the height at which you hang the shelf, especially if you have taller plants that require more space.

Step Three: Covering the Support

Next, it’s time to cover the support and create the actual shelf. Take a 1×12 board and cut it to fit the depth of your window well. Trim the length to fit perfectly in the window. Apply construction adhesive to the top of the framing and place the board on top, securing it with nails. Repeat this process with a 1/4″ plywood layer at the bottom and a 1×4 board at the front of the shelf.

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Step Four: Caulk & Patch

To give your shelf a polished look, use DAP Premium Wood Filler to fill any seams and nail holes. This wood filler is easy to work with and provides a seamless finish. Allow it to dry according to the instructions and then sand it down until it’s smooth. Use DAP DynaFlex Ultra caulk to fill in any gaps between the shelf and the walls. This caulk offers excellent adhesion and is water-resistant, perfect for a plant shelf.

Step Five: Paint!

Now, it’s time to add some color! Paint your shelf to match your existing trim or choose a color that complements your room’s decor. Once the paint is dry, your shelf is ready to be filled with beautiful plants!


This simple DIY window plant shelf is a fantastic way to showcase your plant collection while still enjoying the functionality of your window seat. If you have multiple windows or want to create tiers, feel free to customize the design to fit your needs. Get creative and let your plant display ideas flourish!

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