When we were in Hawaii last summer, we went to this little town called Paia, in Maui. It wears a true hippy vibe, with patchwork buildings, tall looming rustic trees, with plenty of dreadlocks and bare toes for good measure.
So when I whipped up this little window box, it yelled BOHO!
Or maybe it resembled to being found underground on LOST.
Or inspired from Fried Green Tomatoes, with plenty of cicadas buzzing in the background.
Ohhh, I just found this YouTube video with the most wonderful outdoor sounds… play THIS nature clip YOUTUBE video and we’ll just call this one a down by the river styled reclaimed scrap wood window box, and call it a day…
This whatever you wanna call it is casual, laid back, and my living room officially feels like I’m sitting in the middle of some swamp land somewhere, thanks to those trailing willow branches. And I LOVE it!
This place needed a little touch of spring, and my first shot is always towards the fireplace mantel.
But it would work equally well outdoors too!
So here’s how I made it, and I’ll show you a secret about it too.
Gathering up some of the good chunks of wood (of course…) was a great starting point!
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2. Predrill holes into the four corners of the short boards, then attach with screws.
3. Cut scrap wood pieces with staggering heights, attempting to leave the tops ‘live’ if possible.
4. Attach the scraps to the front and 2 sides of the box.
One could attach the scrap wood pieces from behind the main front, so the screws don’t show.
I actually tried that, but kept getting them crooked, so this worked for the look I was after anyway. I just inserted the screws in a super random way… as if I wasn’t wearing my glasses maybe…
Isn’t rustic decorating grand? You can DO NO WRONG.
So I rummaged through my rusty junk bins, grabbed some twine and made it look as if the rope was holding it together for dear life.
So I just used a few numbers off the large BINGO stencil HERE, and faded out the last number.
Oh goodness… could this be any more me?
And because this one was about bringing a little spring indoors, I sized the box to work perfectly on the fireplace mantel.
Nothing is really growing yet. So a big willow tree out back saved the day for something to trail, and the honeysuckle bush got raided for a little branchy green-ness.
A few really old branches from my moody winter mantel finished it off.
Sweet tea, anyone?