The $20 Window Planter Box – Easy DIY Project

Creating a beautiful and functional window planter box is a simple and cost-effective way to enhance your home’s exterior. In this project, we’ll guide you through the steps to build your own window planter box for just $20.

Materials Needed

  • Cedar fence pickets or other suitable wood
  • 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint (optional)

Tools Needed

  • Circular saw or miter saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Clamps
  • Paintbrush

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Wood

  1. Cut the Wood: Cut the cedar fence pickets into the following pieces:
  • Two long sides to the desired length of your window
  • Two shorter end pieces, matching the width of the window minus the thickness of the long sides
  • One bottom piece, matching the length of the long sides
  1. Sand the Pieces: Sand all the cut pieces to remove any rough edges and splinters.

2. Assembling the Planter Box

  1. Build the Frame: Start by attaching the end pieces to the bottom piece using wood glue and screws. Ensure the corners are square.
  2. Attach the Sides: Next, attach the long side pieces to the frame. Apply wood glue to the edges and secure with screws. Use clamps to hold everything in place as you work.

3. Adding the Decorative Trim (Optional)

  1. Cut the Trim: If desired, add decorative trim pieces to the front and sides of the planter box. Cut the trim to fit and miter the corners for a clean look.
  2. Attach the Trim: Glue and nail the trim pieces to the planter box. Sand any rough edges to ensure a smooth finish.

4. Finishing the Planter Box

  1. Drill Drainage Holes: Drill several holes in the bottom of the planter box to allow for proper drainage.
  2. Stain or Paint: Apply a stain or paint of your choice to protect the wood and enhance its appearance. Let it dry completely before proceeding.

5. Installing the Planter Box

  1. Mounting Brackets: Secure mounting brackets to the window frame or wall, ensuring they are level and properly spaced.
  2. Attach the Planter Box: Place the planter box onto the brackets and secure it with screws.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and functional window planter box that enhances your home’s exterior.

This project is a fantastic way to add greenery and color to your home’s exterior while staying within budget. Enjoy your new window planter box and the charm it brings to your home!

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