How To Build Window Box Planters
Upgrade your home's curb appeal with this easy, DIY project.
Sprucing up your home's curb appeal doesn't have to be an intimidating process. In fact, it's a simple task with these easy DIY window boxes. No idea where to start? Don't worry; we've got you covered.
On this week's episode of Hey Y'all, Ivy Odom, our Southern Living test kitchen pro, provides a step-by-step tutorial on building window boxes that'll instantly add a pop of color to the front of your home. Follow these simple steps, and you'll learn how to build a window box in no time.
Get The Materials
For this project, we used cedar wood planks. This type of wood is incredibly lightweight, and it naturally resists harsh weather. Ask your local home improvement store to pre-cut the wood - this makes the process much faster. Don't forget to measure and allow yourself at least three inches on each side of your window.
Drill The Holes
Using a countersink bit, carefully drill 3 holes on each side of the cedar wood planks. Although it's not quite time to insert the screws, this will create a seamless process.
Assemble The Window Box
Join the cedar wood planks together using waterproof construction adhesive. Simply line the edges of the wood with the adhesive, and it's kindergarten 101 after that. Glue the planks together.
Fill In The Holes And Smooth The Surface
Fill in any unwanted splits or holes with auto body filler; we used a color-changing pink wood putty. This nifty product alters its color to match the pigment of the wood, providing an even surface for painting. Let the wood putty dry for about 20 minutes, then sand the window box using a sanding sponge.
Paint The Window Box
Choose a paint color that matches the exterior trim of your home, and paint the surface of the window box using a foam paint roller. Be sure to let the first coat dry and reapply. It's best to use an exterior 2-in-1 paint and primer.
Prepare Propper Drainage
It's essential to make 6 drainage holes in the bottom of your window box to allow water to properly drain. Next, line the bottom of the planter with landscaping cloth; this works as a filter to project the exterior of your home from the window box soil. Here's a tip: fill the bottom of the window box planter with plastic water bottles. The bottles act as a space-filler to keep a large amount of dirt from weighing down the box.
Hang The Window Box
Measure and mark where the galvanized steel brackets will be placed on the wall and the window box. Pre-drill the holes, and fill them in with silicone caulking to make them waterproof. Attach the brackets to your home. Finally, you can place your window box on the brackets using a power drill and screws.
DIY window boxes are easy to master, and they add instant color to the front of your home. Boost your house's curb appeal this spring with easy DIY window box planters.