DIY window boxes add a pop of color

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After years of living in a plain white house with black trim (yawn, snore) the Hubs and I finally added some color to the front of the house this year. We started with a makeover on the front porch, then we put together these DIY window boxes.

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We started with cedar fence pickets from Menards. (It’s a home improvement store here in the Chicagoland area. Home Depot or Lowe’s should carry them if you don’t have Menards where you live.) You can see the exact measurements on the tag.

Why did we pick cedar pickets? Because they’re CHEAP and made for use outside. NOTE: if you buy from on outdoor lumberyard, like we did, make sure you give your boards time to dry out before building.

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We used 3 pickets per box – it went a little something like this.

For each window box we cut three pickets to 37.5″, the length of our finished piece. These will be the 2 side panels and 1 bottom panel.

Then we cut 2 pieces measuring 5.5″. These will be the two end panels.

Here’s an illustration to help you understand my questionable math.

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Assembly is pretty self explanatory. The side panels go on the side. The bottom panels go on the bottom. And the end panels go . . . yup, on the ends.

We used finish nails but after everything was together we realized our wood was wet. I sat the boxes out in the sun to dry for a few days and as they did, the wood began to warp and separate a little. We added screws to the warped places to “pull” everything back together. Problem solved.

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Then I added a little detail with some inexpensive lattice.

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And voila, a finished window box, ready for paint.

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I made the mistake of drilling drainage holes in the bottom of each box after I painted. It’s not a huge deal but if you drill the holes first your paint will cover the exposed wood and make them invisible. Maybe next season I’ll do a little touch-up so they don’t bother me so much.

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Now that they’re put together it’s time to hang ’em high.

We started with these brackets from Home Depot for $5 each.

brackets marked

And these little blocks The Hubs made out of scrap wood.

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When you put the two together it looks like this. The block creates a flat surface for the bracket against the siding. (This pic isn’t what it looks like when it’s finished. We still needed to straighten the block and add the second screw.)

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Then we slipped the box onto the brackets and bent the tab over the top to hold it in place. Easy squeezy.DIY window boxes | laughingabi.com

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Ready for some COLOR!

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But before you get excited and start flinging dirt around, remember to add a liner of some kind to the inside of your window box. I used plastic trash bags because I’m cheap like that.

I forgot to take a picture but after using a screwdriver to make drainage holes in the plastic, I lined the bottom with a piece of landscape fabric. It keeps the potting mix in the box but lets the water drain out.
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Finally, it’s time to plant! I used red petunias and┬áchartreuse sweet potato vines. After you’re done planting go back and trim the excess plastic from the edges, being careful not to give your plants an accidental haircut. And don’t worry if your plastic sticks up over the edge a little. Your flowers will fill in and cover that up.

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Ahhhh. Finished.

DIY window boxes | laughingabi.com

DIY window boxes | laughingabi.com

DIY window boxes | laughingabi.com

Of course the flowers will continue to grow and spill over the edges (I hope). And of course I will continue to post photos so you can see them.

I love the color they add already, especially since it repeats the colors we used on our front porch. What have you done to add color to your house or yard this season? Do you have window boxes? Do you like them?

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7 thoughts on “DIY window boxes add a pop of color

  1. Beautiful! This is a project that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I can afford to do it now! Thank you for your idea.

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  5. Thank you so much for this post! When I decided I wanted to add window boxes, I was shocked at how much they cost! This was a simple project that went together easily and they look spectacular! I like the look of cedar so I just used a sealant instead of painting.

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