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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.

One of the projects I’ve been wanting to do the last couple years is to add some window boxes to the front two windows of our house. I knew buying a nice cedar box would be pretty pricey so I searched for some diy ideas on Pinterest and found this window box tutorial from the Shanty to Chic ladies.

I’m reading through the tutorial and I’m like, “I can totally do this”. And, she said each box was made for under $20 in wood!

Um, that’s awesome. Sign me up!

I go to Home Depot with my bestie Angie to get the necessary supplies. Of course, the Home Depot we go to doesn’t have cedar fence panels. So I’m forced to buy cedar boards. According to Shanty to Chic, cedar fence panels cost under $2. The cedar boards I bought were like $12 each I think? So, there goes the whole $20 each for a window box. Once I’m done getting all the stuff I need, we head out and I started building the next day.

As I’m putting my first box together I realized I didn’t take into account the fact that window boxes need a bottom. I also realized I was literally inches short on my trim pieces, so I still needed more wood for those as well. So Angie and I drive to Lowes, they have a cedar board, but no trim pieces. We go to Home Depot, they have one size of cedar trim, but not the other size I need. So one side of trim on these window boxes is pine instead of cedar because I was just done at that point.

Moral of this story is; basically anything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong in making these damn things. But, the lesson here is that I persevered, finished them and they look pretty dang awesome.

If after reading this you’re still interested in making your own, here’s some tips that should help you avoid the mistakes I made.

Tips to Help You Not Screw Up

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 this plastic liner from Home Depot.
  5. 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: Ryobi Airstrike Nailer 18-Gauge, 1 inch Brad Nails, Clamps, Miter Saw, Sawhorses (optional), Wood Glue.

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

  1. 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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35 Comments

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    the cape on the corner
    April 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    this looks great, i love those trailing flowers!
    b

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      Maggie Lois
      April 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you!

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    Dawn
    April 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Maggie, I LOVE these!! I’m wanting to do some window floor boxes this year, thank you for the inspiration and tips! I just found your blog on Inspiration Monday at I Should be Mopping the Floor. Dawn

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      Maggie Lois
      April 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much Dawn! That sounds so cute, thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!

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    Sierra
    April 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    They came out so good! I’m sorry to hear the supplies didn’t go as planned, but pat yourself on the back, girl! I feel like Early America is always my go to for finish, I just love how it looks. You really did a great job! Beautifully Candid

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      Maggie Lois
      April 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thank you! Totally agree, Early American is my go-to stain color. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    Chelsea
    April 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Hey Maggie,
    These are really so beautiful! I love the window boxes and the lovely flowers you added to them!

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      April 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Lindsay
    April 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I am making window boxes this weekend. We decided to make them out of composite 🙂 So there went my budget. In general I don’t I have ever had a DIY project that came in on budget. Thanks for the tips.

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      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I hope they turned out awesome, thanks for stopping by!

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    OvenStruck
    April 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Spring fever has definitely caught me and I’ve been planning a lot of planting, succulent staging, and fresh herb boxes. I can’t wait to tackle this one! love it.

    • Reply
      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Thank you so much, you can do it!

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    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com
    April 21, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing at our party… featuring you Sunday night!

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      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much!

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    Andrea
    April 21, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    These are adorable and would be great for people on small properties looking to garden too. Herbs would go great in them! Found your post on Awesome Life Fridays, thanks for sharing.

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      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Thank you! And that is such a great idea!

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    Shirley Wood
    April 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I’m glad you persevered because they turned out beautiful and you have the satisfaction of knowing you won the battle plus enjoying them now. This post will be a feature at the new Merry Monday party. Nice outdoor spruce up project.

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      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Exactly! Basically every project that’s given me grief, when it’s done, it was all worth it. Thanks so much for featuring and for hosting, have a great week!

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    Meg
    April 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    These are so beautiful! I’m definitely pinning these for later because I’d love to add some to our farmhouse.

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      Maggie Lois
      April 24, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much, aw they would look so cute!

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    Jessica
    April 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    So adorable. i love the natural color with the greenery! Thanks for linking this up at Totally Terrific Tuesday 😉

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      Maggie Lois
      April 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Thank you, and thanks for hosting, have a great rest of your week!

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    Jennifer Dawn
    April 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love window boxes. My dad made one for one of our front windows years ago and I get a thrill everytime I get to fill it with new flowers. Your own planters are lovely. Oh, and just thought you’d like to know that I’m featuring them at this week’s link party. http://www.thelifeofjenniferdawn.com/2017/04/simple-garden-ideas-for-spring-weekly.html

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      Maggie Lois
      April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much! I definitely think they add a little something extra to the curb appeal of our house, I’m so looking forward to changing them out for Fall! Thanks so much for featuring them at your party, have a great weekend!

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Very pretty! Featuring you on the blog tomorrow!

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      Maggie Lois
      April 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much!!

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    November 3, 2017 at 9:32 am

    What flowers were used?

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    November 28, 2017 at 4:26 am

    These look beautiful. I just love these window box planters. Thanks for sharing.

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      Maggie Lois
      December 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Thank you!

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