- Make sure you measure before going to get your materials, and write it down. I obviously measured the window length so I could make sure I got the right window box liner but I’m talking measure out the total amount of wood you’ll need. Write it down and bring that to the store with you.
- I don’t think they mentioned this in their tutorial but I used clamps to hold my boards/trim in place after glueing and while I nailed them together. If you don’t use clamps to hold the wood together after glueing they just flop around everywhere, so make sure you have those.
- If you’re a real building newbie, when picking out your wood boards, make sure they’re as straight as possible. This will ensure your boxes come out right.
- Make your box based off a window box liner. They mentioned this in their tutorial, and I did the same thing. You can buy a plastic liner to insert into your window box to protect the wood and it’ll be easy to switch the plants out for each season. I used a plastic liner from Home Depot.
- Last but not least, make sure you have the right tools. All projects are easier when you’re working with the right equipment. This is everything I used: Nailer, Brad Nails, Clamps, Miter Saw, Sawhorses (optional), Wood Glue.
DIY Cedar Window Boxes
I don’t know what it is lately, but for some reason every single project I’ve been attempting to tackle lately has turned out to either be more costly, more time consuming, or both than originally planned.
These here diy window boxes are one of those projects.
But the story does end well, they turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself.
So I’m slowly but surely improving on our landscape situation.
Tips to Help You Not Screw Up
Once my boxes were all built I stained them using Minwax Early American. After the stain dried, it was time to fill those bad boys with some flowers!
This may be obvious, but make sure you scope out how much shade/sun the area where your window boxes will be get. Mine mainly just get shade, but they do get a little bit of sun in the early evening. I personally think window boxes with some greenery draping down is really pretty so I picked out some English Ivy and some Creeping Jenny. Begonias are a shady flower (I crack myself up) so I stuck two of those in the middle.
Here’s Another Tip
Lay your flowers/greenery out before actually planting them. See how I have them arranged on the table? I did this before planting so I knew how I wanted them to look.
That’s all for today folks! Have you ever gone over budget on a project you thought would be simple before?
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