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JAY D-I-Y: How to add easy curb appeal with window box planters

Boost your curb appeal... and maybe even your green thumb with these easy-to-build planters

CLEVELAND — Time for another "JAY D-I-Y" project, where I take on a simple home improvement project that will help save you some money around the house. 

And this week, I'm showing you a really easy way to boost your curb appeal... and maybe even your green thumb, with simple window box planters.

Supplies:

This project requires cedar wood for best results. Cedar is rot resistant and will give you extended life. A composite wood could also work well.

There are 5 different pieces need for the project. A bottom, front and side. All of these pieces will be the exact same size. 

The length of the box depends on the window you are building it for. I measured the windows I plan to hang the box in front and the space was 52 inches. I added 8 inches, 4 on either side of my windows for a box length of 60 inches. I chose a depth to my box of 5 1/2 inches. From there I can assemble my cut list.

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Cut List:

-(3) 60 inch x 5.5 inch pieces of 3/4 inch thick cedar.

This provides the front back and bottom.

-(2) 5.5 inch x 4.75 inch pieces of 3/4 inch thick cedar.

This provides the two sides.

Assembly Instructions:

Once the pieces are cut, add wood glue to the connecting faces and clamp together. For extra hold drill pilot holes for wood screws every 8 inches to front and back sides to hold the bottom piece.

Do the same for the side pieces one in each corner.

Fill holes with wood putty if you desire a more finished look, then paint or stain desired color.

Drill 6-8 holes with a 1/4 inch drill bit in the bottom of the box for proper drainage.

Paint or stain the color of your choice, and once it's dry, mount under a window, or place on your deck or patio.

Add soil and flowers, and enjoy!

*Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.