How to Make a Holiday Window Box

Bring colorful touches of Christmas to your windows with clever window box planter upgrades.

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Materials Needed:

  • pressure-treated pine window box planter
  • twine
  • back tacks
  • scissors
  • hammer
  • potted evergreens
  • Amaranthus caudatus
  • ebony wood stain
  • cloth
  • paint brush
  • tape measure
  • carpenter's pencil

Add Hammer Marks

Add texture to the planter box by banging it with the back side of a hammer. Tip: Hit random areas in no specific order to ensure an authentically aged look.

Apply Stain

In order to add graphic impact, it's best to stain the pine window box planter black so that the lighter tones of the accent materials stand out. Use a paint brush to add an even coat of ebony-toned stain. Tip: For the best finish, be sure to brush with the grain rather than against it.

Distress Wood

In order to see the wood grain through the ebony stain, use cloth to wipe off excess, creating a distressed look. Be sure to press firmly until the wood grain is visible through the black stain.

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