You and a friend are taking a stroll through the English country side. The rolling hills and pastures are a bright summer’s green on this rare sunny day, and there is a herd of sheep grazing contentedly. The dirt path you walk sees little to no traffic during this time of day which allows easy and peaceful conversation between yourself and your friend. The breeze smells of sweet flowers and the nearby sea. You see no reason to stop and turn around anytime soon and find yourselves traveling much farther than you ever had before down the quiet farm road. It winds around the countryside and eventually begins to narrow to become a small footpath into some woods. You enter the trees and spot something you never would have expected this far out. A small cottage sits within the glen. The scene is almost as if it were out of a fairy tale. Bright flowers fill the garden and decorate the pathway up to the little home. The house itself was charming in every way with its Dutch door, steep roof lines, warm colors, and windows that were graced with the prettiest little window boxes. A thin line of smoke escapes through the chimney and with a look to your friend, you both step towards the home, excited to meet the mastermind behind the beauty….
Can you picture it in your mind; the secret cottage in the woods? Is it not just the prettiest sight your mind can see? Well, our house is not set back in a remote English forest, nor is it as quaint as a tiny cottage. However, it does hold some charm. I wanted to enhance that charm and bring out a more cottage look and what better way to do that than to add a window box?
If you have some basic woodworking skills, this is a simple project. The tools you will need are as follows:
- Circular saw
- Power Drill
- Jig Saw
- 2 inch screws
- Tape Measure
The cost of this project is fairly cheap as all you will need to purchase are wood and screws.
- 2 – 1×6 cedar planks 10 feet long
- 2 inch screws
- Corbels (or 1×12 leftovers from another project)
Let’s move on to our Window Box tutorial shall we? First thing you want to do is measure your window and decide how long you want your box to be. My window is 70 ¼ inches wide, but I decided to have the window box span only 60 inches of that instead of the full length. In my extensive research (i.e. scrolling through Pinterest) I’ve seen window boxes of all sizes, so don’t fret too much over the length. Here is the front of our house and the window that needs adorning.
Now, take your two cedar planks and measure out 3 sections of 60 inches (or whatever length you decide).
These will be the bottom, front, and back of the box.
Next you are going to cut and measure the sides of your box. This part is real fun (not!) because a plank that claims to be 6 inches wide is actually only five and three quarters or instead of being one inch thick is actually one inch and a quarter. What I’m getting at is that you need to measure the thickness of your boards and height to get a fitting size for the side pieces.
Now you are ready to assemble your box. This is where things actually get fun because you’ll see it start to come together.
Use the picture below as a guide. The stars are where you want to drill holes and place your screws.
Once you have the box part put together, watch out for little munchkins that like to climb inside 😉
Ok, now we need to make some supports to hold the thing up on the house. When it’s filled with dirt and beautiful flowers, you’re going to be glad that it’s well supported. Now, you can buy pre-made corbels, or you can be like me and refuse to buy anything that can be easily hand made. I had these leftover 1x12s from a previous project that would work just perfectly.
First, I cut the width down so that they aren’t sticking out past the box. The one on the left is un-cut, while the right is ready to go.
I chose to just draw a simple design. You can get as elaborate or basic as you please depending on your jig saw finesse. Use your first cut-out design to trace the next. Don’t worry too much about them being perfectly the same size because they’ll be too far from each other to be noticeable.
Attach those to your box by screwing them in from the inside.
Don’t put your drill away just yet. There is one more job for it to do. Pick out a large drill bit and make some drainage holes on the bottom so your plants don’t get totally saturated and flooded out of their lovely home. I’m not sure if there is an exact standard to follow with this, I just randomly drilled all over the board.
If you are hoping to paint or stain your box, now would be the time to do it, before it’s hung.
You’ve done it! And, it is a very lovely box if I do say so myself.
Wondering how to hang your window box, what to fill it with, and what kinds of plants do the best in them. Well, I hate to leave you hanging, but you’ll have to check back on Monday for that information. That gives you a whole weekend to build your box. Go for it! The curb appeal on your home will be beautiful for it.