How to Build a Window Box

Window boxes add charm and a splash of color to a home's exterior, and they can really boost your curb appeal. This simple woodworking project is ideal for a novice DIYer and can be completed in a day.

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Hang Window Box

Holding window box in place against cleats, drive four screws through back panel into each 2x4 block. Tip: If you wish, decorative brackets can be added under the window box for additional support and architectural detail.

Create Drainage

Using a 3/8-inch drill bit, drill holes straight through bottom panel to allow for drainage. Drill one hole roughly every six square inches.

Fill Window Box

Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of gravel in the bottom of window box, to allow excess water to drain. Cover gravel with potting soil, filling box to about an inch from top. Add plants and thoroughly water.

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