Learn how to make your own planters with this easy step-by-step tutorial to make window boxes that will add color and charm to your home. These DIY boxes are simple to make and even simpler to fill with beautiful blooms!

DIY wood window boxes on the front of a house filled with spring flowers
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Simple Window Boxes

When we originally purchased our house, we knew the existing window boxes (actually shelves for planters) were victims of wood rot. I’ve been anxious to replace them, since I knew they would add so much charm and color to the front of our home. I’m already dreaming of ways to fill them for each season!

Simple white window box on grey brick house

These window boxes are a simple DIY project that you can do in a weekend. Chris and I picked up the supplies one night and got to work immediately the next day.

While window boxes are usually the same length as the window they are hanging below, ours will be 6″ larger on each side to conceal damage that the existing ones will leave.

How to Make DIY Window Boxes

First, you need to decide how big you want your window flower boxes to be. We built our window boxes 62″ long {just a bit longer than our windows} after assessing the damage the originals left. This ended up being a blessing in disguise, because I actually love how they look.

A white diy window box filled with spring flowers.

Supplies Needed

  • Wood (We used Pine but Cedar is ideal)
  • Nail/Staple Gun
  • Clamps
  • Exterior wood screws
  • Trim (3/4×1-3/4″ accent colonial shown)
  • Waterproof wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Weed barrier


  1. Using a nail/staple gun adhere 5 boards together to form an open-top box. Use clamps to hold them in place if needed.
  2. Use screws to ensure they are secure.
  3. Clamp accent trim pieces to the top, bottom or both.
  4. Use a nail gun to adhere the trim.
  5. Use waterproof wood glue to give it a perfect finish along the seams before sanding (for an even edge).
  6. Prime the wood boxes inside and out to reduce wood rot before painting.
  7. Drill drainage holes throughout the box.
  8. Staple weed barrier over holes to keep soil from draining through.
  9. Hang.
make a box for the planters
adding screws to the window box
A wooden window box in the process of being made.
nail trim to accent the window box
sand the edges of the trim when building is finished
staple weed barrier over the holes
DIY window boxes hung on the house

Tips to Fill Planter Boxes

  • Use empty aluminum soda cans or pine cones to fill the bottom of planter boxes without adding a lot of weight.
  • Use potting soil, which is much lighter and includes fertilizer for plants, versus top soil.
Empty aluminum cans lining the base of a window box for a lightweight filler before potting soil.

Planting Window Boxes

For these window boxes, I chose to add an edible garden. Some of my favorite edible flowers include begonias, carnations, chrysanthemums, clover, day lilies, lavender, lilacs, pansies, peonies, impatiens, and tulip {petals}.

A homemade white window box filled with blooming lavender.

Since I was planting in early spring, I knew I could rely on pansies and lavender, knowing that the colors would compliment our home and landscaping plans well.

As you may already know, I love lavender for its beautiful aesthetic, fragrance and versatility. Click here for some of my favorite lavender uses. I chose pansies because they are great for garnishes and salads, plus the height of the lavender balances the pansies.

DIY wooden window boxes on the front of a house filled with pansies and lavender
DIY wood window boxes on the front of a house filled with spring flowers

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    1. Unfortunately I can’t recall, Kim and we no longer live there. We made them to custom fit the window, but I think about 1′ deep and maybe 10″ wide. I hope that helps!

  1. a lovely project! and you did it the right way – I plan to make a ‘cover’ for our plastic window boxes with wood trim/molding… but watch me mess it up… keep up the good work Julie!

  2. I love your window box! I am hoping to add one to my home this summer. Thanks for sharing this idea!