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    I'm willing to admit that I may have over done it with potted flowers on the patio this year. But they just look so pretty! And they're so inexpensive! I mean, come on. Home Depot had annuals in four inch pots, two for a dollar. I definitely bought more than a dollar's worth. I just love all the vibrant colors. The kids and I put them all over the patio, and in the garden with the vegetables; but the swing set was starting to look a little bare. I decided to make little window box, so we could plant flowers there, too.

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    First, I measured the playhouse, and determined that I wanted my window box to be 18" long. So I went to the Lumber Department at Home Depot and grabbed a 1x4" by 6 foot piece of fence board (which is actually 5/8 by 3 1/2" but whatever). Then, I noticed that they were getting rid of a bunch of those same pieces of wood at 70% off because they were wicked bowed or curved. This would be a problem if I was making a 6 foot tall fence, however, they would work great for my little window box, and only cost about 40 cents. I splurged, and got two. The guy even cut them for me, so I didn't even have to get out the circular saw. Since I was going to stack two boards on top of each other to make the planter taller, I had him cut 5 pieces at 18" long; two for each side, and one for the bottom. Then, I had him cut two 6 1/2 inch side pieces. I also grabbed a defective piece of 1x2, and had him cut four pieces, 6" each, for the inside corners. I got all of the wood for under $2. Seriously. We also bought $2 worth of flowers, and came home.

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    It took me about 15 minutes to put together, including the 5 minutes it took to find my drill and one remaining wood clamp. First, I built the front and back panels of the window box, by screwing the 1x2s to the long fence board pieces with 1 1/2 inch wood screws. I made sure to leave enough room for the bottom and sides.

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    Next, I turned it upside down, and screwed the bottom into the 1x2s. Then, I attached the sides.

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    Boom. Window Box.

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    I just used wood screws, and screwed it directly to the swingset from the inside. You could also use brackets and mount it to a deck railing or fence.

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    We filled it up with potting soil, and planted and watered our flowers. The whole project; the wood, the dirt, and the flowers was about $5, and took about 15 minutes to put together. It came out so great, I'm thinking about making a bunch more to mount on the wall in the backyard because I'm out of space on the ground, and I still want to plant more flowers...

Larry schimmel
4/10/2013 07:56:28 pm

Boom! Looks fabulous, and so easy!
Swing sets around the world, lookout for having inexpensive appendages attached to you for the next few years as this new decorating fad takes hold, thanks to C.C.!

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4/11/2013 04:10:02 am

Haha, we'll see, Larry! I just don't know why I never thought of it before.

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