Window Box Inspo: 12 Ideas for Space-Saving Planters

Spring has finally sprung, and you’re ready to don your trusty pair of garden gloves and dig around in some dirt. Only problem? Your teeny tiny apartment isn’t exactly the best place for overflowing garden beds. Enter, the almighty window box. These space-saving planters mean that even the 200-square-foot studio dwellers can work out their green thumbs. Scroll on for some major window box inspo, both inside and out. Soon enough, you’ll be able to get your gardening on, no matter where you live.

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1. Pallet Planter: Nothing says spring more than bright tulips and daffodils. DIY this this pallet box and slap on whatever coat of paint fits your fancy. (via All My Goodness)

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2. Out-of-the-Box Upgrade: Shimmy on over to the craft store to make this DIY window box. A simple wooden planter is covered in painted shims for extra oomph. (via Centsational Girl)

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3. Sleek DIY Planter: Looking to save on space? Wedge a strip of aluminum gutter on the inside of your windowsill. This DIY planter’s justbig enough for some pretty little succulents. Bonus points if you spray paint that gutter gold or copper. (via Apartment Therapy)

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4. Super Succulents: Speaking of succulents, here’s another example of a window box teeming with the low-maintenance beauties. Made from leftover lumber, the planter was fitted for an extra narrow windowsill. (viaHome Talk)

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5. Hang Low: IKEA to the rescue! Designed to be used with the retailer’sGrundtal Rail, this hanging window box saves space by keeping plants off the counter, but still front and center. (via Gardenista)

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6. Bright Color: Talk about a beautiful bounty. Brighten up any outdoor window box with lush, colorful blooms and greenery that trail over the sides for a super lush look. (via Midwest Living)

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7. Twig Trick: Turn to Mother Nature for this easy upgrade: Collect small twigs of various widths and glue them to a plain ol’ planter. Instant window box charm. (via Improvised Life)

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8. Tea Time: Okay, this isn’t technically a window box, but these repurposed tea cans are box-shaped, so that totally counts, right? Either way, they definitely brighten up an above-the-sink spot. (via Apartment Therapy)

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9. Old Fashioned Blooms: You don’t have to mix and match for major impact. This outdoor space is made all the cheerier with window boxes planted with a single type of flower — the pretty petunia. (via Design Sponge)

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10. Wooden Box: No need to overcomplicate your windowsill garden. Just use a long, skinny wooden box as your planter, pop it on your sill, and call it a day. It’s minimal and rustic. (via Gardenista)

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11. Balcony Blooms: Use a hanging window box and face it inward, instead of out, so you can enjoy the blooms on your balcony. The cute tablecloth is optional (but highly recommended). (via Apartment Therapy)

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12. Stained-Glass “Window” Planter: If you simply don’t have the space for a window planter, DIY your own “window” to make it so. This beaut would look great indoors or out. (via Transformations from the Heart)

What are you planning on planting in your window box? Tell us in the comments below!