Long plastic tray for window planters?
April 27, 2015 9:11 AM   Subscribe

I'm building shelves inside a window frame for small plants. I want to put a long narrow plastic tray (32" x 4") on each shelf to catch the runoff from the plants. I've searched the internet and the closest thing is something from Alibaba but the shipping is prohibitive. Do you know of something like this? Or, any DIY advice? I'm pretty handy..
posted by cgs to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Can you make them out of light wood and spray the inside with a waterproof covering?
posted by raisingsand at 9:14 AM on April 27, 2015

i'm unfamiliar w waterproof covering... like poly?
posted by cgs at 9:17 AM on April 27, 2015

perhaps some flatware organizers for kitchen drawers could be combined/repurposed to get the desired length?
posted by TDIpod at 9:20 AM on April 27, 2015

I think most standard gutters are 4.5" deep, you can probably bend the aluminum stuff if that half inch is prohibitive.

It's very popular on Pinterest and DIY home design blogs/magazines.
posted by Lyn Never at 9:26 AM on April 27, 2015

Something like this.
posted by raisingsand at 9:31 AM on April 27, 2015

See if a local hvac place can form up some out of sheet metal (like is used for ductwork. That's what my Mom did years ago for a similar situation. Ask also about mastic that's used to seal ducts from air leaks or line it with heavy plastic that you can get from hardware stores.-
posted by mightshould at 9:44 AM on April 27, 2015

I used various combinations of the words flower box drip tray long rectangular and came up with some likely choices:
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posted by CathyG at 2:25 PM on April 27, 2015

I think if you haven't built the shelves for the windows yet you'd be better served to make them a little deeper than 4". Gives you more room for bigger pot sizes, and obviously gives you some options in trays. I was going to give you a link to CathyG's second choice; it's six inches wide, however. I guess it depends on your design!
posted by clone boulevard at 2:29 PM on April 27, 2015 [1 favorite]

This is 6 inches wide and only half as long as you'd like, but two would be just about right, and it's cheap (and cute). It comes in a few colors.
posted by jessicapierce at 7:50 PM on April 27, 2015

Aha! Those were what I was looking for but I didn't know the right keywords. Thanks so much!
posted by cgs at 7:03 AM on April 30, 2015

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