The Cheapest Way to Make a Flower Box

June 17, 2021

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A flower box! The easiest, cheapest way to add curb appeal! 

Wood is expensive right now! But dog eared fencing is not! Ok, where am I going with this? It’s time to think outside the box. Coming at you with the cheapest and easiest way to build a flower box that will last for years and years!

A couple summers ago, I did a complete makeover on the outside of our house. From limewashing the brick to changing up the exterior colors, our house went through a complete makeover. This post is worth clicking over to, just to see the before and after–crazy how different it looks now.

I have always loved our shuttered faux window (If you’re curious what’s behind that window, it’s our master bedroom closet)….

2 story home with white brick, gray cedar siding, white trim and black shutters/garage doors

But never have known how to make it pop. Not sure, why I didn’t think of this sooner, but why not some hardware…..    Amazon Affiliate Link

faux window with hardware

And a flower box….

A flower box outside a faux window full of beautiful flowers

And with the crazy price of wood right now, this is the perfect project that won’t break the bank, but still brings all the curb appeal.

So let’s get to it…


Instructions are based upon a 50″ long and 12″ deep flower box

Materials Needed:

Picket fencing strips (6) (amount needed, dependent upon size of flower box)

1 1/4″ nails or screws   Amazon Affiliate Link

Wood glue

1″ pocket screws

Tools Needed: 

Miter saw or Circular saw

Kreg Jig (Most used tool in my shop! If you don’t have one, you need one!) Amazon Affiliate Link


Step One: Measure

Measure space and cut 4 boards to the length you need (in my case, 50″).

Step Two: Drill

Using a Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes along one side of your 50″ board. Then use 1″ pocket hole screws to drill the two boards together. This will be the inside of your front….

two cedar boards pocket holed together

Do the same for the back of your flower box. You now have your front, back and bottom (just one picket fence board) to your flower box…

4 cedar boards pocket holed together

Step Three: Attach

You are now ready to drill your front and back board into your bottom board (making sure pocket holes are on the inside, so as not to be seen)…

front and back of flower box built

These are my favorite screws to use for all of my projects…    Amazon Affiliate Link

GRK screws with flower box being built

Step Four: Finish

Next, cut your end pieces to fit and screw them in from the sides.

side of box being built

front, back and sides of flower box built with cedar

And that’s it!! A little paint or stain, attach to the space you want it, and you’re ready to plant!!

flower box painted black

My flowers are loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having this summer. If they’re already this full in early June, I can only imagine what they’ll be by August…

A beautiful wooden flower box full of pink and white flowers

So good!

Flower box with pink and white flowers on a white brick house

Isn’t it amazing what a flower box will do to enhance the curb appeal of your home?

Front door of a white brick house with white flowers all around it

And, I’m happy to say this faux-window is finally a focal point to our home, as I have always wanted it to be. 🙂 I’ll let you in on a little upcoming change I’m thinking of making though…I’m contemplating painting the faux window black (the gray vertical boards and the white horizontal boards-all of it black). What are your thoughts? Keep it the same or paint it black? Comment below and let me know what you would do….

American Flag, flower box with pink flowers, Faux window, limewashed brick

As I mentioned before, I did buy hardware (2 handles) for this faux-window too. Here’s the link, if you would like the same look. 🙂       Amazon Affiliate Link


pinterest pin with how to build a flower box writing, faux window, pink flowers in window box, limwashed brick

Until next time,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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