10 DIY Window Box Ideas

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    Build Your Own Window Box

    Beauty sprouts outside your very window when you make and install these do-it-yourself window boxes. Blooming with colorful annual flowers, perennials, or lush succulents, window boxes are those extra touches you've long desired to grace your home's exterior. Enjoy your boxes from inside, too, as the tops of gorgeous flowers and plants peek up just below the window frame.

    The ultimate do-it-yourself project, window boxes are easy to make and require only the most basic tools to construct. Materials can be sourced from your local home improvement store, many even available in pre-cut sizes. If not, you'll find that most stores will cut the materials for you on site, saving valuable time.

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    Lattice Window Box

    Many DIY window box designs depend on wood strips for their finishing touch. This delightful version, from Pretty Handy Girl Brittany, goes all the way with character by adding a grid of lattice across the front and sides. It's super durable, too, twice-over. The box is made with naturally weather-resistant cedar, plus the lattice is 1-1/2-inch wide weather-defying PVC (plastic).

    Lattice DIY Window Box from Pretty Handy Girl

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    Farmhouse Style Window Box

    What better way to complement farmhouse-style board and batten shutters than with a matching window box? Traci, from the home blog Beneath My Heart, placed thin 2-inch wide poplar trim atop the poplar board window box. This simple but effective touch gives the box a classic rail-and-stile look, similar to that of a Craftsman-style door.

    Classic Poplar Window Box from Beneath My Heart

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    Large Window Box

    Chelsea, of the lifestyle blog Two Twenty-One, along with husband Brad, swiftly pulled together this clean, spare window box out of 3/4-inch pine purchased from Lowe's. They had a store associate cut three boards to 80 inches long by 7-1/4 inches wide. To eliminate yet another step, they even had the store cut two end caps at 7-1/4 inches by 7-1/4 inches.

    Painted and mounted on metal brackets to the home's brick exterior, these window boxes perfectly accent the white windows and casing. Best of all, these low-key boxes stand back and let the true stars of the show shine, that container garden favorite: brightly colored perennial calibrachoas.

    Large Window Boxes from Two Twenty-One

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    DIY Wood Pallet Window Box

    It was the perfect opportunity. When you want to DIY a window box for your house and you just happen to notice a wooden pallet nearby, serendipity has spoken. From that wood pallet, the Deckers put together a 32-inch wide window box, two boards high, with a gap between the boards for drainage. To keep the soil in, they lined the box with black window screen mesh. When the window box is filled with black potting soil, the mesh visually disappears. 

    DIY Wood Pallet Window Box from Paradise Perspectives

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    Cedar Fence Window Box

    This petite and utterly adorable DIY window box is made from just one fence panel. That's right: the always-inventive Whitney at the blog Shanty 2 Chic, used just a single cedar fence board to make this box. First, she began with a 24-inch plastic window box liner, then fashioned the box around that. Trim around the top and bottom of the box were added for artistic finishing touches.

    Cedar Fence DIY Window Box from Shanty 2 Chic

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    Window Box With Corbels

    Capable of holding up to 160 pounds of plants and soil, this classic style DIY window box gains its strength from two hefty corbels, as well as the five thick lag bolts that attach the box to the house.

    Durable Window Box With Corbels from Remodelaholic

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    Dog-Eared Cedar Fence Window Box

    Raise the charm level to "high" by adding fence tops to your window box. This fence style, with the corners lopped off, is called dog-eared. Blogger Sara, from The Aqua House, cut off fence tops from standard 6-foot cedar fence boards, each piece 5-5/8 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Then she applied them to her 60-inch window box for a winsome, homey look.

    Dog-Eared Cedar Fence Style Window Box from Make It and Love It

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    Fancy Trimmed Window Box

    There is no easier way to fancy up your DIY window box than by adding fun trim. Make the molding and trim section of your local home center your oyster, and let your creativity run free. Jen, of the blog iHeart Organizing, started with inexpensive whitewood common boards (8 inches wide by 8 feet long). Then she gave the box a lovely, decorative touch by merely by adding a strip of pine primed finger-jointed base cap molding across the top. A bead of glue and a few brad nails were all that were needed to attach the trim.

    Trimmed DIY Window Box from iHeart Organizing

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    DIY Succulent Indoor Window Box

    Succulents, rich black potting soil, and rough-hewn pallet wood combine to form a verdant, natural world. Pallet wood is a favorite material for building DIY window boxes not just because of its rustic looks and easy maintenance but because it is perfectly sized, no lengthwise ripping needed. 

    DIY Succulent Indoor Window Box from Little Paths So Startled

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    Chevron Pattern Window Box

    A soothing mixture of pastels graces this chevron pattern DIY window box. It began as a lifeless white box before its owner added painted wood strips to the front, giving it a colorful second life.

    Chevron Pattern Window Box from Addicted 2 Decorating