Year-Round Window Boxes

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Materials Needed

  • Wooden flower window box
  • Drop cloth or old sheets
  • Synthetic paint brush
  • Potting soil
  • Plants of your choice
  • Silk flowers and ivy
  • Strong plastic bags for box lining, or plastic box liners
  • Hardware to hang window box, i.e. metal brackets for hanging shelves
  • Tremclad Rust Paint Brush-On (colour of your choice)

Step 1

Start by placing your window box on a drop cloth or old sheets to keep your workspace clean. Be sure you’re set up in a well-ventilated area such as a garage or outdoors.

Step 2

Using your Tremclad Rust Paint, coat the surface of your wooden boxes – inside and out. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on preparation, application and drying times.

Step 3

Apply two or three coats, allowing ample dry time in between, to give your window box a beautiful and durable finish.

Step 4

Once all paint coats are fully dry, line the window box with a strong plastic bag or box liner to protect the wood from exposure to water and soil.

Step 5

Using rich potting soil, fill your window box three-quarters of the way to the top and plant one or two hardy plants.

Step 6

Fill out the remainder of the box with year-round colour by mixing in silk plants and flowers – that don’t need watering.

Step 7

Before you hang your boxes it’s important to take the time to measure and level your piece for best results. Enlist a helper if needed to be sure you hang your window box safely. Take extra care to securely fasten the box in place, so it can stand up against the weather and any critters that like to visit.

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