I have loved window boxes for as long as I’ve been a homeowner. But I’ve had quite a few totally different experiences with them. First I had some wire ones that had a mossy sort of mesh liner inside. By the end of spring that mesh stuff had bugs all in it. It was disgusting and awful.
The next experience were wood window boxes purchased from a home store. These guys were awesome for about two years before the bottoms rotted out of them.
And when I added up just how expensive this junk was to buy and use for only one or two seasons, I was so totally over window boxes. So what if they’re pretty? I just can’t afford that!
And now I’m getting ready to sell my home and I’m trying to add charm and curb appeal wherever possible. And window boxes are crazy charming, aren’t they? But I have absolutely no desire to do anything to this home that isn’t going to last. When I bought it they slapped a whole bunch of lipstick on the pig and within MONTHS things started falling apart. A huge part of the reason I bought my house was because it was move in ready and buying at the top of my budget I needed everything to be ready to go. So it sucked to have the dishwasher flood the house the first use and carpet start falling apart within months of being walked on.
So instead of making window boxes that were going to become festering zones for creepy crawlies or just rot out next season, my dad and I got our thinking caps on. And we decided that by placing plastic pots inside of a window box frame we’d have the looks of a traditional box with the sturdiness of a pot inside (PS you could also go with clay which will never crack over time like plastic will age).
An in the end, I’m kind of sad because I wish I’d had these years ago. I mean, look how gorgeous my kitty Liddy looks peeking out from behind her window box? But I’m so glad that I can do this for whoever chooses to make my home their home.
To learn how to make your own totally awesome flower window boxes, visit me over at Mom Spark for the full tutorial that includes lots and lots of shots of my super hammy dad!