The countdown to garden season is on. This year, add a special touch, and a pop of colour to your windows or yard with one of these painted flower boxes. Follow this tutorial to make your own!
Materials for a window box that is 14.5”W x 9”D x 7.5”H:
• You will need a piece of wood that is 7.5”W x 8’L x .65”D – this is a standard size and should be available at your local home hardware store
• From that wood you will need five pieces cut: 2 pieces that are 9”W x 7.5”H; 3 pieces that are 13”W x 7.5”H
• 12 finishing nails that are 1.3/4” (maybe a few extras just in case)
• Paint in a colour of your choice
• Paint brush
• A rough grade sand paper or hand sander
If you’d like to make handles:
• A set of 2 drawer handles or rope
To install on a window or wall:
• 2 Brackets
STEP 1: Piece by Piece
Cut your piece of wood into the five pieces outlined in the material list. If you don’t have the ability to do this at home ask the lumber department at your hardware store to cut it for you, they are usually more than happy to.
STEP 2: These Four Walls
The box is designed so that the bottom piece (one of the 13×7.5 pieces) fits perfectly inside the four “wall” pieces. Start building the box by nailing (one nail in each corner) one of the long wall pieces to the edge of the bottom piece. Repeat this step on the other side of the box. Attach the two end pieces by hammering a nail into each of the four corners.
STEP 3: Add a Pop
Paint the box in the colour you’ve chosen. Tip: if you’ve done any painting in your home you might have a few sample paint containers stored away. This project is perfect for using up that paint (if the colour is to your liking of course).
STEP 4: Sandman
When the box has dried use your sandpaper (or hand sander) to create an antiqued or vintage look. Remember; you can always paint it again if you aren’t happy with the appearance.
STEP 5: Handle with Care
If you’d like to put handles on your flower box there are a couple different options. I’ve decided to use brass drawer pulls to give the box a vintage tone. Depending on the drawer pull you chose you will more than likely need to drill one or two holes into each end. For a more nautical look purchase some nice sailing rope and drill two holes into each side of the box. Thread each end of the rope through the holes and tie a knot at each end.
STEP 6: On Display
To mount the flower box to a window you will need two brackets and a drill. Adhere the brackets to the side of your house just under your chosen window and then attach the bottom of the box to the top of the brackets, just like a shelf. There are a lot of different bracket options and kits that are also worth exploring.
These boxes would make a great addition to a deck or tucked into a garden. If the cold weather hasn’t disappeared then get a head start with your gardening by planting flowers or herbs in the box and keeping it inside. Not ready to take on gardening season yet? Fill it with fresh flowers!