Flowerboxes add beauty to your home and creates a welcoming look. Designing and making your own flower boxes could add a personal touch and creates a cheerful ambience to your home. Moreover, flowerboxes add a touch of nature to your living space whether you live in a farmhouse in the country or in a city apartment.
Flower boxes or window boxes are made from various materials which include plastic, wood, terra cotta, ceramics, stone and fibreglass. Choose a material that is resistant to insects and choose boxes that provide enough space for plant growth. Use boxes that are eight inches in depth and width to work well with various flower varieties. Some materials you need for creating boxes include a hand saw, yardstick pencil, ½-inch plywood, wood glue, hammer sandpaper, 1 inch finishing nails, primer paint, paint brush, fabric mesh and electric drill.
Determine the flower box dimensions based on where you want them placed. Draw dimension for each section of the box with a pencil. Make the bottom, front and back of the box one inch shorter than the length of the box and additional inch when attaching the ends.
Use a hand saw or electric table for cutting the wood pieces along the lines drawn.
Put wood glue along the front edge that you will use as the box bottom, place the front section flush in a 90 degree angle against the glue edge. Secure using the finishing nails at every corner, wipe excess glue using a damp cloth. Attach the back section in the same way.
Place wood glue along the back, front and bottom edges of the box you assembled. Place the side piece firmly on the box and secure using finishing nails ate every corner. Use a damp cloth to wipe excess glue and repeat the procedure on the other end.
Use sandpaper for sanding away dried glue.
Use an electric drill for drilling three small holes which will serve as drainage for the box.
Paint the whole box with a latex primer and allow to dry completely. Paint the box with a color that will match and coordinate with your home.
Place mesh fabric over bottom holes to prevent soil loss. Fill the box with potting soil, add plants and flowers and place in your choice of location.
Make it a point to choose the right flowers or plants to make your home appear more attractive and beautiful. Combining plants that grow upright and trail is a great way for you to start. For a home with dark brick walls, you can opt to use pale colored flowers. On the other hand, for pale colored walls, you can use bright and vivid flowers for a more dramatic effect. You may use perennial or annual plants in your flower boxes. Some annual plants include petunias, geraniums, dianthus, pansies, lobelia, and sweet alyssum. Ground ivy, dwarf bulbs, English ivy and miniature roses are some examples of permanent plants.
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