I had shared in our last post (about our Spring Front Porch) how I wished our front entrance had a little more curb appeal:). The front door of our house is a little hidden and I have been trying to find ways to help it stand out. I asked Jason to help me build a cedar flower planter for each side of our front door and a window box to help draw your eye to the front and add some color with some more flowers.
We had some cedar boards leftover from our cedar fence that Jason built. Cedar is a great choice for outdoor planters because its bug resistant and weathers naturally and chemical free. And in our case it was free which is awesome!!! All Jason needed to buy was the exterior screws:).
DIY: How to Make a Cedar Flower Planter
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1) Find the wood and decide how big you want the planter to be. Below is a picture of our cedar wood pile. I was very excited to empty out 1/3 of this pile from one of my garden beds:). It just wasn’t very pretty looking! What else can we make with this cedar?:-)
2) Create the bottom of the cedar planter with 3 boards and a thin strip screwed in at the ends to hold them together…the side you see will be the bottom
3) Make 4 sides with 3 boards layed next to each other and a piece of 1×3 at one end of the boards that overlaps each end by the thickness of the boards…in my case 1 inch
4) Screw the first side onto the bottom of the cedar planter.
5) Attach all 4 sides to the bottom and add another 1×3 trim around the top…I used my finish nailer to nail the trim pieces in place and then added a few screws to really hold it together
6) Finish it off the cedar planter with another 1×3 on the top to cover the ends of the boards.
7) Put your plants inside. I planted my hydrangeas in bigger plastic pots that I placed on top of a few scrap boards to have it be the right height for our new cedar flower planters.
Jason also made me a window box out of some cedar boards as well for the window above our front door:). It’s basically a large rectangle. I put a plastic window box inside of it along with some pink snapdragons, ivy and white bacopa.
I plan on painting our window box red as well as our sidelight window thanks to a great suggestion from a reader. Please know I read and value every single one of your comments to Lehman Lane so please don’t feel shy about leaving one. I would love to hear from you! I am really trying to embrace our red windows more in order to love the home we have and I am excited to share more of the front of our house soon once everything starts to bloom:). Hope you are all enjoying a beautiful Spring day!!! Take care,
We moved our cedar flower planters down to our driveway where they flank our brick stairway. I added roses to the planters this past spring and evergreens in the winter.
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