Build French-Inspired Flower Boxes

Make a Few DIY Flower Boxes For a Spring Garden!

One of my main goals this year is to actually give my yard a little TLC. Seriously, my yard is a huge mess and it is time to increase my curb appeal starting with these DIY flower boxes! I used 1×12 cedar, wire mesh (also known as hardware cloth), a bit of paint, and a really neat technique for transferring a French-inspired label!

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Materials:

  • 1×12 cedar – 1 board at 8′ and 1 board at 4′ (This will make two flower boxes)
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Wood glue rated for outdoor use
  • 1/4″ wire mesh (or “hardware cloth”)
  • Heavy duty stapler and staples
  • Paint of your choice (paint samples are perfect for this project!)
  • Wax paper
  • Printer
  • Clear Sealer

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Start by cutting the long sides of the flower boxes at 23″ long. Make a mark on one long end at 3″ in from each side. Draw a diagonal line from the marks to the corners and cut the angles. (It is a 15° angle!)

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Cut the pieces for the ends at 7-1/2″ long. I cut a 15° bevel at the top of each of the end pieces so that the top of the ends will be level with the top of the long sides. This step is completely optional. I did it because I knew it would drive me crazy if I didn’t!

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Assemble the boxes using glue rated for outdoor use and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The end pieces will follow the angle of the sides.

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To attach the mesh at the bottom, lay the mesh over the bottom of the opening, then cut a piece approximately 1″ bigger on all sides. Cut a notch in each corner so that the mesh can be folded and inserted inside the bottom of the boxes. Secure the mesh on the inside with the stapler and staples.

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Now for the super fun part… Paint the boxes in the color of your choice. I decided that I didn’t want the paint to be perfect as I was going for a vintage, weathered look. (My boxes are two different colors!) If the cedar has huge cracks in it like mine did, that adds to the look!

The designs I used are from The Graphics Fairy (she has really cool designs) and I used a wax paper technique I found at The Art of Doing Stuff to transfer the designs with a few modifications. The bottom line to the technique is this: the design is mirrored, then printed on a sheet of wax paper. The ink from the wax paper is then transferred to the project. It is such an awesomely easy technique, that I cannot wait to try it on another project! To help the wax paper go through my printer easier, I put a piece of regular printer paper behind it then secured the sheets together with a piece of masking tape folded over the top.

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Once the designs were transferred to the boxes, I applied a coat of sealer to keep the designs in place!

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To put plants or flowers in the boxes, Line each box with weed cloth (which will let water drain but will keep the soil in place), then plant whatever your heart desires! I haven’t planted anything in the boxes yet because it is still a tad chilly here plus I haven’t quite decided what to plant – any ideas?

Any questions about the DIY flower boxes? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

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