Spring French Country Window Boxes
Window boxes have a long history beginning in Europe and then traveling to America with the early settlers. Terra cotta planter boxes date back to early Rome where it was common practice to cultivate cottage gardens for food, medicine and religious uses. Eventually window boxes were planted with decorative flowers.
Anyone will tell you that they would love to put window boxes on their homes. Some can't because they live in an apartment. Other's simply don't know how to.
Today I'll share some window boxes that I've found to be very reasonably priced and then we'll take a look on how to build one ourselves.
If you notice here on this gorgeous building in Paris, there's four window boxes that are somewhat hidden with the gorgeous flowers.
Many times when we look at photos of Paris, we see lots of window boxes peering from there black steel balconies. I believe that it's the gorgeous railings on the balconies that make us believe that the window boxes are made of the same.
However when we take a closer look, we can see that their simply plastic window boxes.
Window boxes aren't about the boxes themselves, but what type of flowers are planted in them. Rather than planting flowers that simply stand upright, consider one's that flow and hang. This is what's going to give you that Parisian look that we all so love.
The Home Depot is where I found the best selection of window boxes for a very reasonable price.
However just a plain plastic one that costs under $10.00 would be perfectly fine with the right types of flowers planted in them.
Building Window Boxes
First determine the size of the window boxes you'd like to make. Usually the width of the inside of your windows.
. poplar boards - choose the boards in the height of the boxes you'd like to make, bring your dimensions with you and have the boards cut at Home Depot, or your local hardware store.
. 1 1/4" flathead wood screws
. heavy duty deck screws (for attaching to the house)
. wood glue
. black support brackets
. hand saw with a fine blade - if you don't have a saw and Home Depot won't cut the sides for you.
Step 1. Measure the inside width of the window frame.
Step 2. With your boards cut to size, apply a bead of wood glue to the front side edges and set the front board into place against the two side pieces. Secure the joint with 1 1/4-inch flathead wood screws. You should pre drill the holes, but if you don't have a drill - don't worry about it.
Now attach the back and bottom in the same way. Running a bead of wood glue, then screwing into place.
Step 3. Drill a series of ½-inch-diameter weep holes every 4 inches along the center of the bottom board to prevent water logging.
Step 4. You can attach the window box using several different methods. One option is to drill holes into the siding using heavy-duty deck screws to attach the box directly to the area directly under the windowsill. Or you can use window box brackets.
When attaching with a bracket, first drill the bracket to the house, measuring in 6" from the edge of the window opening. Then screw to the bottom of your window box.
The screws will probably go into the plastic liner, but this is ok - added drainage.
To extend the life of your window boxes, use a plastic liner inside to plant your flowers.
So now you have a nice plain wood window box, or boxes to adorn the sides of your home with tons of gorgeous flowers.
If you don't feel comfortable in making one, then simply buy plastic one's with brackets to mount.
Wow - your home is going to be absolutely amazing this year with all that we've done. I'd love to see photos. Again, this was a beautiful article for me to have written and I hope it inspires you to add these simple features to your home.
I would love to hear your comments!
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