Learn how to make this reclaimed scrap wood window box
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 reclaimed scrap wood window box 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!
This reclaimed wood window box kinda all started with this little accident. A wooden barrel that had seen better days literally crumbled at my feet as I attempted to move it.
Gathering up some of the good chunks of wood (of course…) was a great starting point!
Here’s how I made it!
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How to make this reclaimed scrap wood window box
Supplies I used:
reclaimed wood and broken barrel parts
rusty hooks and hinges
1. Cut 2 wood sides and 2 wood ends to desired size for your window box base.
2. Predrill holes into the four corners of the end boards, then attach with screws.
I left the bottom of the window box empty in case I desired to place it outdoors in a flower bed. However you can fill the bottom with a board as well.
3. Cut scrap wood pieces that fit vertically onto the box sides, using staggering heights, attempting to leave the tops ‘live’ if possible.
4. Attach the scrap wood to the box with screws until the entire box is covered.
5. Decorate the box with rusty junk, twine, hooks, whatever you have on hand! Experiment and have fun… as this was the best part!
6. Place planter where desired and fill it with fresh cut plants, flowers, etc.
Isn’t rustic decorating grand? You can DO NO WRONG.
Aren’t those junky details wonderful?
7. Add some stenciled details or crate markings to pretty things up!
The finished planter box
Oh goodness… could this be any more rustically 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?
Pretty cool, right? Think you’ll make one?
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