A plant shelf is great for displaying potted flowers and herbs. 

Potted plants can quickly clutter up your patio or deck space. Building shelves for them not only frees up valuable floor space but also perfectly displays your plants for all to see.

Adding a shelf to a home with wood siding is easy to do. But what if your home has vinyl siding? Screw holes damage the vinyl and can be hard to repair if you decide to take down the shelves later on.

Hanging a plant shelf on vinyl siding can be done without doing any damage. These simple plant shelves hang on the outside of the house using a small hook designed specifically for vinyl siding.

Here’s how to do it. 

Start your shelf with a piece of 1×6 wood. Use a can or another round bottom object as a guide to cut the corner for a round edge.

On the back of each shelf, nail two sawtooth picture hangers. 

To keep the plant shelf hanging in a horizontal position, build a small trapezoid corbel from 2×4 material. To do this, make a 45-degree diagonal cut and then a 90-degree cut, one inch from the diagonal. 

Attach the corbel to the shelf with its longest edge facing the wall and slightly offset to the back. The offset accommodates the angle of the siding. 

To hang the shelf, thread the siding hooks through the sawtooth hangers before slipping the hooks under a row of siding on the wall.  

Because the hooks attach beneath the vinyl siding, there won’t be any damage left behind if you decide to move your plant shelves!

Watch the video above to see how it’s done!

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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