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Build A Window Box To Brighten Landscaping

by Allison E. Beatty
Repair-Home Columnist

Nothing says summer like a window box filled with colorful flowers. Building a window box is a relatively easy weekend project for someone with some home improvement experience. A contractor might charge you $200 to $400 to build one, whereas you can complete this project for less than $75 in materials. With a little patience, even a novice can become a weekend contractor on this one!

Start by figuring out what size window box you need. Look for a size that will balance your windows and be large enough to look nice in your landscaping plan. While a window box can be constructed from a variety of materials, you'll want to use material that will withstand the elements. Cedar is a great material for window boxes, as it is durable and looks great. One-inch thick boards are ideal because they are sturdy without adding too much weight to the window.

What to Buy At the Home Improvement Store

You'll need:

  • Two pieces of the same size board for the front
  • Two pieces for the back
  • Two pieces of the same size for the sides
  • One piece for the bottom
  • Screws and wood glue
  • Stain, seal, or paint

Next, you'll need to drill holes in the front and back pieces, plus the bottom. (Add an extra hole in the bottom for drainage). Then glue the sides to the front and back pieces with waterproof wood glue.

Use screws in the holes you just drilled to secure the front and back to the sides. If your wood is one inch thick, the screws should be 1 1/3" long. Then glue the bottom to the window box and add those screws.

The box can be stained and sealed to preserve the cedar look or painted to match your trim. Once you have mastered this home improvement project, consider building freestanding planter boxes for your deck or patio. Simply modify the directions to conform to the vertical shape.

A cedar window box adds a charming touch to any house and overall landscaping plan. When you have a free weekend, consider trying a few of these easy home improvement projects.

About The Author
Allison E. Beatty is an avid old house enthusiast who has been renovating houses and writing about them for more than 10 years. She contributes regularly to national newspaper, magazines and web sites.