DIY Wood Window Flower Box


We have this really pretty window on the left side of our house that is actually the window over our master bathroom tub.  Our cat, Sylvia LOVES it there and spends a lot of time there waiting for her friend to come over from across the street.  True story!  The only thing is, it was missing something on the outside.  Our hydrangea bushes don’t reach up that high, and there’s not much going on there.  It looks lonely.  That’s why we decided to make this DIY Wood Window Flower Box…


Window Box

I think it turned out very cute.  Especially for the amount of $ we spent.  This baby only cost us $20 bucks to make.  Isn’t that cray cray?


I love how the stain stands out up against the white trim & brick.  You know how we love stained wood around here.  We have it through out our home, and even on the ceilings & walls.  You can see the full tour HERE.  You can also read the full (really simple) tutorial on how to build this flower box below.  Before I get to that, I have a secret to tell you.

Flower Box

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See the purple flowers in the box?  Are you wondering what they are?  Well…I have 3 flowers in there.  The first is a flower I located at a nursery called Streptocarpella in Concord Blue.  They are very dainty purple flowers that don’t require much sun.  I didn’t have a chance to let these guys grow for very long, so I had to fake it a little…the 2 other things I have in there are props.  The green large leaves you see are stems off of my hydrangea plant (shh!).  I’ve done this in vases a million times, but never a flower box.  Obviously they would only stay fresh for a day.  However, the 3rd item is completely artificial and are those tiny little lavender colored small fuzzy balls you see.  They were so real looking I couldn’t resist buying them.

Just look…no one knows.  Just you & me.

DIY Flower Box

I don’t think there is anything wrong with adding a few clippings or faux flowers to your flower box if you have company coming, or for whatever reason.  In fact, I think it’s genius.

Pretty Flower Box

So, to make this flower box, first we measured our window and figured out how large we wanted it to be.  We ended up using cedar boards from Home Depot and made a “simple” box using screws.

wood flower box tutorial

That’s basically it.  Once the box was screwed together, we decided not to add any holes to the bottom of it. That was just our preference.

For staining, I used a mahogany stain found here, and finished it off with 2 top coats of spar varnish found here.

We attached it to the window with large screws.

Wood Window Flower Box

$20 Window Box

Told you it was simple.

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31 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    Great Job, I like Flower Boxs. love, Dad

  2. Jan says:

    Ingenious use of unreal flowers (think Halloween). I saw some in an outdoor planter the other day that were plastic kitsch. Yours are gorgeous! I’m wondering why you didn’t drill holes for drainage though. Thanks – love your website & content!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Jan, good question! I was afraid my soil would drain out slowly. It worked out because now the water drains through the small cracks between the boards. I could have put some moss or pebbles in the bottom with the holes, but I was too lazy!

  3. Sherry says:

    Genius is the right word! And perfect, and pretty, and …love it!
    I have always loved window boxes. You have the perfect place for one!
    $20 makes it even better!

  4. erika says:

    Gorgeous! It sure finishes off a window that was beautiful, before you put the window box there. Now its perfection. It’s those little touches that make such a difference.

  5. kathy says:

    Hi. Your house is lovely! This is just my opinion, but I would remove the thin trees in your back yard and that one pine tree to give you that much more of the beautiful water view.

    Also, I would like to paint my kitchen cabinets white. How is the latex paint holding up? We had our kitchen cabinets professionally sprayed black at our previous home, and Magic Cabinet and Wood cleaner was great to keep them shiny and new! Find it at Lowes and Home Depot.
    Love your blog! Kathy

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Kathy, Thanks for your nice comment! Our pine trees are so beautiful. I wish we had more! Our cabinets are holding up great.

  6. kathy says:

    P.S. Flower box is great!

  7. Ivory says:

    Not only are the planter box beautiful, I also love the beautiful color flowers you selected. As alway, great job!

  8. karen says:

    So cool.

  9. Sue says:

    Love the flower box. BTW…you can use coffee filters to cover drainage holes!

  10. Lori G. says:

    Ha! I am a soaper and that box bud make a perfect soap mold. You better chain it down or I may visit . . . .


  11. Gwen says:

    I love it!!!! Simple yet adds so much. I’ll save this as I have liners but the rattan is breaking down. I put solar lights from dollar store in mine to fill in a bit. Adds a touch of light at night too! As stuff dies I move the light sticks around. I also grow dusty Miller. It’s awesome. Break off the top of one that’s getting tall, strip the bottom leaves and shove it in the soil. It roots!!!! I call it my ever free plant.

  12. Maria says:

    Love window boxes, I love the deep rich color of the stain, brings out the house color! So excited I found you, thanks so much for sharing this post! I am truly inspired to make one for my home. Just bought a miter box.

  13. […] By the way, if you don’t have a window flower box, you can make your very own like we did HERE. […]

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    • Julie says:

      Hi Judy! Oh my! I am so sorry to know you were in the hospital! I hope you are feeling better still, and I hope you have a wonderful summer. Thank you for entering the giveaway!

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