Our big exterior reveal is only a few week away, so I have been working on adding more character to the home. At the moment it is very monochromatic. White, black, gray. I really wanted some warmer wood tones to offset the white and black, so I headed to Lowes for some flower boxes. They were pricey. The larger ones were even more so. I came home with one to see how it will look but didn’t like the look of them. So I grabbed some leftover 1×8’s and started chop sawing.

I will preface by saying that these were made with the intent of using faux flowers. You can still use this tutorial with fresh flowers but remember to pretreat the wood, drill drainage holes, and line the boxes with a filtered liner to prevent the dirt from staining the brick.

But before we start, let’s see how much character a window box adds to a home.

For 3 flower boxes you will need: (materials only)

  • 8 (1×8) boards 38″ length
  • 42 screws
  • wood glue
  • stainable wood fill
  • 21′ of panel mold
  • sander

Step 1:

Cut the 1×6 boards to size. Mine were 38″ long. I was making 3 boxes so I needed 6 boards. Plus 2 boards to cut in half for the base.

Step 2:

Cut 2 of the boards directly in half lengthwise. These will be for the base and sides.

Step 3:

Take one of the cut boards and cut them into 8.25″ length. They will slide right into the sides of the boxes.

Step 4:

Applying wood glue onto the sides of the base plank, set up the side board flush with the base and drill in 3 holes along the sides into the base. Follow up with 3 screws. Do on both sides.

Step 5:

Repeat step 4 for the sides. Apply glue and slide them right in. Pre-drill 2 holes and follow up with screws.
Clasp to allow the glue to dry.

Step 6:

Determine how you want your trim to outline your box. Do you want to create a shadow box directly along the sides or a few inches off? Mine were a few inches off so I cut them to size at a 45 degree angle using a chop saw.
Using a nail gun, I used short nails to attach the trim onto the box.

Step 7:

Using STAINABLE wood filler, fill in the holes made by the screws and nail gun. Sand down once dried and start staining!! I did 2-3 coats.

Now onto anchoring

Step 1:

Using a mortar drill bit, drill 2 holes into the brick.

Step 2:

Install a board with 2 heavy duty screws into the pre-drilled holes

Step 3:

Predrill 3-4 screws into the boxes
Anchoring the box against the pre-drilled wood, drill the pre-drilled screws into the wood plank attached to the wall.

Voila! All done! If you decided to use faux flowers don’t forget to spray them down with UV coating to keep them from being blighted from the sun.

Thank you so much for following along as we make our house into a home!