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By Wendi for 1 last update 2020/05/25 WachtelWendi Wachtel 15 Comments

Today’s tutorial is how to build a flower box planter. Window boxes or flower boxes are the perfect way to spruce up a plain house or add some style to a fixer upper. They look great from the street and they look pretty from indoor as well, which is a huge bonus when it’s too hot to work outside like it is here in FL this time of year!

Seriously friends, I can’t think of a better way to add curb appeal to the front of a house than an overflowing window box filled with color and cascading greenery. Except maybe also learning how to make DIY shutters with sailboat cutouts.  Those definitely add curb appeal. Don’t you think so too? This is our house before we changed out the windows. Even with the old windows in place my flower box added charm. You can see the entire house in my Coastal Home Tour Post. 

It’s OK if window boxes aren’t your thing though. I’ve also got a medley of outdoor decor projects to share with you from the Power Tool Challenge Team. As usual, they came up with some awesome DIY outdoor garden projects to inspire the DIY’er in you!

Scroll down to the end of this post to see how to build a flower box planter for your home too.

First, let’s take a look at the great summer garden ideas the Power Tool Challenge Team came up with. Can you imagine any of these projects in your yard? I definitely see some of them in my future! Click on the link to go to that project and tutorial!

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How to Build a Flower Box Planter Tutorial

Supplies needed to make a DIY flower box planter. I use affiliate links to help you find the supplies I used. You can read my full disclosure policy here. 

Step 1:  Rip each board to 7” wide and use the miter saw for the cuts. Remember to always square one end of a board before measuring the length to cut.

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3  sides and bottom – pressure treated wood 1” x 7” cut to 45 inches long

2  ends – pressure treated wood at 1” x 5 ½ cut to 6 ¼ inches long

Optional trim – measure finished project and cut the 1 last update 2020/05/25 trim to exact lengthOptional trim – measure finished project and cut trim to exact length

front trim – two pieces, 1” x 1” cut to 45 degrees at both ends

side trim –  four pieces, 1” x 1” cut to 45 degrees at one end, square at the other

 

 

Step 2:  Put each board in place as they are cut to size. If there is a measurement off or one of the ends needs a little trim, you’ll see it right away.

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Step 3:  Make pocket holes with a Kreg Jig in the two side pieces. Side interior,  three pocket holes to attach the front panel, 2 sets of pocket holes to attach the bottom panel. Side exterior, three pocket holes to attach the back panel. See photo for placement.

 

 

Step 4: Make for 1 last update 2020/05/25 pocket holes with a Kreg Jig on the bottom inside panel. There will be four sets of two pocket holes to attach the front panel. See photo for placement. Use 1 ¼” pocket screws, attach the bottom panel to the front panel. Attach the side pieces to the bottom and front panel.Step 4: Make pocket holes with a Kreg Jig on the bottom inside panel. There will be four sets of two pocket holes to attach the front panel. See photo for placement. Use 1 ¼” pocket screws, attach the bottom panel to the front panel. Attach the side pieces to the bottom and front panel.

 

Step 5:  Make pocket holes with a Kreg Jig on the exterior bottom panel. There will be four sets of two pocket holes to attach the back panel. See photo for placement. Use 1 ¼” pocket screws, attach the back panel, attach the two side pieces to the back panel.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 6:  Optional trim. Use the Miter saw to cut upper and lower 1” x 1” trim. Attach trim by placing a bead of wood glue along the planter edge and securing each piece with the Airstrike gun.

You may want to drill a few drain holes in the bottom of the window box at this time.

Step 7:  Fill pocket holes with wood plugs or wood filler. Fill any other nail gun holes or gaps. Sand any rough spots if needed and paint with exterior grade paint.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Step 7:  Install support brackets with appropriate mounting hardware for your home exterior. I built brackets from my scrap wood pile. Place your window box on the brackets and secure if desired. Plant some colorful flowers and enjoy your beautiful new window box!

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We’ve done a lot of work in the front yard since I first made this DIY window box planter project. Here’s another picture from when I shared my painted  DIY faux Pavers for Concrete.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for It’s changed since then too…of course!

The window looks a whole lot better with a cheery flower box at the front of my house. Even better is the fun in picking out flowers and greens that compliment the colors of our house and the butterfly garden we put in which is lush and full of tropical growth and flowers now.

Other outdoor garden projects I’ve done that you may enjoy

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  1. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Denise Bryant says Denise Bryant says

    You always inspire me with your projects and this turned out so awesome! Your tutorial is just what I needed to motivate me. BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Can’t wait to see what you are up to this week.

    • Wendi says

      Hi Denise and thank you, what a very sweet thing to say! As you can tell, I have loads of fun with my house and projects. I think you’ll love this weeks project! It’s a amazing before and after! Thanks so much for hosting each week, I know it’s a lot of work:)

  2. Jenny says

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    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The window flower box is adorable. It adds wonderful curb appeal to your home. Window boxes for our windows is on our list for this summer. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday. Hope to see you at the party next week.

    • Wendi Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for says

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hi Jenny and thank you! I love how the flower box turned out too. It’s made such a difference at the front of our home. You’ll love making some for your place too! Thanks so much for your visit and sweet note 🙂

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Wendi says

      Hi Charlene and thank you! I’ve always loved window boxes too. I jumped all over the chance to finally make one for our house. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment!

    • WendiWendi says

      Hi Angie and thank you! I’m thrilled you like my window box. I’d wanted one for years and never had a place …or the skills before where I could have one. I’ve added an automatic sprinkler to it and now’s it’s even better! Thanks again and have a fabulous week!

    • WendiWendi says

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hi Maryann and thank you! I’m a sucker for white trim and the flower box had to be the same. Thanks for joining in on the PTC this month! I know summer is a tough time!

  3. Patty the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    I love, love your flower box it is gorgeous. I have always loved flower boxes, to me it says the people that live in the house love their home and take pride in it.
    The front of your house and the yard looks beautiful, the butterfly garden has matured and looks beautiful, and the dolphins above the flower box just set everything off perfect, it doesn’t get more Key West than that.

    • Wendi says

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      Hi Patty and thank you so much! I’ve had fun with the flower box and changing out the flowers for different seasons. It’s not a new project but I hadn’t shared it yet. I’m a sucker for flower boxes too! LOL… the dolphins were here when we bought the place and too cute to take down 🙂 Thanks so much for your visit & hope you are doing well!

    • Wendi says

      Hi Paula and thank you! I have a weak spot for flower boxes too. They make any house look better…even with old windows! LOL Thanks for joining in the PTC this month!

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