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Measure the length of the window from one side of the trim to the other.
Use a saw to cut the boards to the desired length.
The front and back pieces should be cut equal to the length of the window, including trim. The sides should be cut to a length equal to the width of the boards. Our window box was 40 inches long with 5 1/2-inch-long sides. The bottom was 39 inches long to accommodate the width of the sides.
Drill drainage holes at least a half-inch in diameter in the bottom piece.
Whether you choose to stain or paint the window planter box, save yourself some effort and apply your paint or stain halfway down the interior of the box. If you are painting, remember to prime the box first.
Is a more weathered look your thing? Leave the box in its natural state and let nature run its course.
I painted our window box in Behr's Deep Space.
Attach the window box to the wall, making sure you are mounting into studs. I used six rustproof deck screws to secure it to the wall.
Finally, add a boost of color with plants.
Prior to planting, prepare the window box with a layer of landscaping fabric on the bottom.
The type of plants are up to you. Cascading plants will create a beautiful overflowing scene. Annuals are perfect for those who like to change things up throughout the year. For season-long interest, try a combination of cascading, flowering and evergreen grasses. Just remember that the more plants you plant and the larger the box is, the more support you need.
I've chosen a bright perennial to adorn our window box. These sunny yellow Sunflower Tickseed flowers provide a great complementary bright color to the shade of midnight blue.