I thought of my wife when I wanted to build these. She always is looking for a convenient place to hang flowers. I seen the patterns for these and thought they’d look nice with flowers not planted in them, but hanging on the rod for the bucket cranks.
The patterns came from the Berry Basket Collection. They stand 44” tall. To give you an idea of the other dimentions, the roof panels are 24” long and the box is 16” square. In the downloadable plans, you get the patterns for both designs, the heart and the tulip. You also get the pattern for the bucket, which I did not build since we planned on hanging flower pots on the rod instead of a bucket. The thing I like most about the Berry Basket website is that the plans are instantly available for download. There is no ordering and then having to wait a week or more for the plans to arrive in the mail.
I made these out of cottonwood and sealed it with Thompson’s Waterseal. I’m not sure how long that will hold up in the weather, but I had it on hand and did not have the money at the time to buy any better weather resistant wood as I would have liked. Hopefully, in the future, I can afford to get some cedar or cypress to make her some more out of.
I cut these on the scroll saw. I believe they could be cut using a band saw as well though. I just prefer the scroll saw. I made the inside cuts on my 16” Craftsman saw. The outside cuts were made on the Craftsman saw I recently restored. It was nice actually getting to use that saw.
So if any of you want to build some of these, they are not difficult at all. I made both of these in three days. The plans only cost $5.99. Head on over and to the link above and buy the plans. Make a couple, or more, and put a smile on your wive’s faces.