How to make your own window box

Window boxes can be a wonderful addition to a home, adding colour and beauty in an otherwise bare space. Window boxes are often used by people without immediate access to a garden area, although anyone can have one and they can even be used for growing herbs! Let's take a look at how to build your own window box.

Building your own window box

Building your own window box is the best way to ensure you get exactly what you want. With the right tools, you can have your own customised box ready in around two to three hours.

The first step is to measure the width of the window you plan to use for your window box. Remember that the box will look best if it is slightly wider than the window itself. Using these measurements, buy a plastic tray which is the same size as the window. Next, using 2cm thick plywood, cut a border that is around 5cm wider than the plastic tray. Fix the parts together using joints, water-resistant glue and 4cm deck screws to ensure that your box will be secure.

To ensure your window box has good drainage and air circulation, glue small pieces of wood to the bottom of the box and drill a number of small holes. Now all you need to do is attach the box to your window sill using angle brackets and rawlplugs.

Now your window box is ready to be filled with flowers and herbs!

Buying a window box

If building your own window box seems like too much hard work, you might want to buy a ready made one. There are a number of options available to you, from plastic to wood, so make sure you choose the box that suits your home best. Don't forget, unless you have a large window sill, the box will need to be fitted securely.

The direction your window faces also plays a big part, with south and west-facing boxes requiring more watering, while north-facing boxes will require plants that are more suitable for shade. For more options, why not visit windowbox.com?

Best flowers to use

Be aware that the position of the box is important when it comes to choosing the right flowers. You don't want to block your window with plants that won't stop growing! Some good flowers to consider are petunias, nasturtiums, marigolds, impatiens, and snapdragons - these flowers not only look nice but will allow you to change the theme of your window box regularly!

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