Plans for Making Flower Boxes


A home with flower boxes adorning the windows often presents a welcoming and hospitable impression, with bright flowers and sweet smells filling the air. Homeowners can purchase flower boxes at many convenience stores, garden centers and nurseries, but some people may choose to build their own, adding a personalized touch to the hospitality. Most homemade flower boxes are constructed of a sturdy wood such as cedar to for a natural and resilient look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1 1-by-8-inch thick wood board
  • 2 1-by-6-inch wood boards
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 2-by-6-inch-6-inch wood board
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Bag of 1½-inch brass screws
  • Nails
  • Measure the area in which you wish to install the flower box so you know how long you can cut the wood. The window box can be any length you choose.

  • Cut the 1-by-8-inch wood to the appropriate length with a table saw or hand saw. Cut the 1-by-6-inch wide pieces to the same length. The first board will serve as the bottom of the box, while the other two boards will be the sides.

  • Gently sand the edges of the cut wood with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any splinters or burrs from the saw. Lay the bottom piece flat against your workspace.

  • Drill ¼-inch holes into the bottom piece, spaced about four inches apart along the center of the board. These holes will serve as drainage holes for the flower box.

  • Line up the two side boards with the edges of the flat board and clamp them in place. Each of these boards is 1-inch thick, leaving six inches remaining between the two boards. Insert one 2-by-6-by-8-inch piece of wood between the boards at each end to create the sides of box. Clamp all wood pieces together.

  • Drill ½-inch brass screws into place at all of the joints, joining the side boards to the bottom and the end boards to the bottom and side boards. These nails will penetrate ½-inch into the adjoining pieces, holding them place.

  • Install at least 2 nails through each side board into each end board, and install nails every four inches along the bottom of the board into each side board. These nails will complete the basic box design.

Tips & Warnings

  • More complicated plans for homemade flower boxes may include corbels and molding for decorative accents.
  • Wear protective goggles and gloves when working with wood saws.

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