Ten DIY Window Box Planter Ideas with Free Building Plans – Tuesday {ten}

Ten DIY Window Box Planter Ideas with Free Building Plans – Tuesday {ten}

Even though the inconsistent weather has put a temporary halt on our front door project – I refuse to stop thinking about bright and cheery, flower filled, outdoor projects for spring…
and this week I’m thinking about window box planters.I have always loved the charming look of window box planters – especially when they are overflowing with blooms and trailing vines. While many catalog window boxes carry a pretty hefty price tag, building your own box planter is a fairly simple project you can do yourself – and save lots in the process.
While I have three on my wish list this year – this week’s Tuesday {ten} is a collection of do-it yourself window box planter ideas to spark some building motivation. They all include links to the detailed step by step plans – so if you are inspired to build your own, be sure to check them out.

This easy to moderate window box planter from DIY Network uses custom cut brackets fitted to your siding to support the weight of the box. They suggest using Cedar to construct the box which is not only decay-resistant, but affordable as well.

Add a splash of color to your window sills with these painted wooden window boxes from Popular Mechanic. The box itself is a basic trough design supported by two hefty handmade brackets. The site includes a step by step tutorial as well as printable pdf plans.

Cut 1X4’s and plywood add a mission style feel to this window box from Lowe’s Creative Ideas. Unlike the other boxes which use brackets, this box is hung using a wooden cleat attached to the exterior wall – from which the box is then secured.

Pressure treated plywood is another option for constructing outdoor window boxes. DIY Network shows how to dress up a simple built box with 1×1 decorative molding. The only tools required for this type of planter is a drill and saw.

Better Homes and Gardens provides plans for another window box planter design based off the initial construction of a simple box. For a decorative touch an arch top opening is cut on the front panel of this planter and backed with exterior plywood.

These easy rated flower boxes from Renovate Your World call for naturally weather and insect resistant red cedar and can be completed in just a day. The simplistic box design is topped with three layers of trim molding and finished with four sets of hand cut corbels. The site clearly details each step by step instruction along with printable pdf plans – they also have a video as well.

Out of all the plans, I really like this concept from Home Hardware that provides use for the window box year round. The two piece construction consists of a planter box as well as a separate tray – which allows for beautiful flowers during the warmer months and a spot for creative displays during the fall and winter.

If wood working is not your cup of tea, the beauty of flowers on your window sill can still be enjoyed with this simple shelf idea from Southern Living.

And the last two designs are window box alternatives that not only display pretty flowers but also showcase the containers as well. These simple window planting racks can be crafted in less than an hour and are designed to help take the worry out of standing water and wood – which usually do not go well together.

The Family Handyman version is constructed from just three pieces of wood and the plans are sized to fit three 6 inch pots – though it can be altered to your liking. A common jigsaw is used to cut the circles.

The second version, from Martha Stewart, simply uses a 1 x 12 inch board and a couple of brackets. The directions include the calculations to use for cutting the holes – which are suggested to be cut using a circle cutter. Great project for showing off your weathered terra cotta.

And I just have to share these super cool plant by number recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.

Each photo is detailed with the exact plants needed to create a gorgeous window box display – and they even show you where to plant them and how many of each plant you need.

The Shady Window Box Plant recommendations can be found {here} and the Sunny Plant recommendations {here}.

Have a fabulous evening ~ enjoy.


  1. what a lovely collection of window boxes. I’m with you in thinking they are such a nice way to dress up the house. We always put out lots of pots and even rest some on the window ledge, but I’ve never made a real window box. I love the arts and crafts one especially.

  2. Hello Stephanie ,
    i just found your fantastic blog .
    I love it .
    Thanks for the lot of inspiration .
    My best wishes ,

  3. brilliant links, thank you so much for the inspiration

  4. What perfect timing. So glad I can turn to you for ideas!!!!!

  5. You always have the best round-ups! Love, love, love this one. I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to put these together! Gonna save this for when the time comes to add something like this to our house :o)

  7. they all look gorgeous but there are no houses from wood in my country.

  8. Absolutely Gorageous!!!!! Incredible, I really enjoy window boxes, and you have given so many new ideas. Thank you so muc for your blog.

  9. Hi – I’ve fallen in love and can’t do anything about it! I just featured you on my blog @ GivingNSharing and PINNED about a dozen projects just from YOUR blog. Hope you like!

    I’m still layed off after a year and you’ve given me some great ideas for farmer’s market items – Thanks so much for helping me do a little brainstorming. (I won’t copy them completely so they are still your ideas. =D)

    Tina ‘the book lady’

  10. simply fantastic, thanks for the links 🙂

  11. I just did my window box the day before Easter. Looks OK, but not nearly as pretty as any of these. You inspire me to do better!

  12. I’ve been waiting 20 years for a couple windows to have boxes on them, so I’ll take any of the samples. I am however pinning the shade and sun plants so I can refer to it.


  13. Love these ideas!!! Thanks for posting them! 🙂


  14. I discovered your blog yesterday and I can’t stop reading it. Great ideas and lot of inspiration. Best wishes!

  15. Marvelous!

  16. I have to manage to save this post and all the directions; they are FABULOUS!!! We have an old chicken shed on our property that is just BEGGING for one of these charming boxes. ‘Honey, do we have a jigsaw?’

  17. Fantastica idea per le finestre del piano terra della casa al mare… in città al terzo piano avrei un po’ paura ad esporle.

  18. Does anyone know how to get to the number 3 window box site from lowes? When i click on the link it doesnt go to the proper page. Did lowes remove it by chance?

  19. Hello! These are great ideas I’m about to start building window boxes and this is fabulous inspiration. I do have one question…the link to the plant by numbers just goes to the BHG home page. Do you happen to know where the plant by numbers can be found on their site? Thanks!

  20. This collection of window boxes is inspiring! I’ve had window boxes for the past few years and just can’t get enough of them. I wish I could cover the whole house in window planters. Now I have new ideas how to dress up the facade of our home. Thanks for sharing!



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