There is nothing like waking up to a beautiful day on a weekend, the sun shining brightly outside, and everyone in the house are happily busy with each of their hobbies. But you know what activity will get your family to bond with each other?
Home improvement projects, specifically, DIY or do-it-yourself activities.
Now, you may be thinking building something may be the perfect project and you would be right to say so. But let us up the ante a bit more and do a bit of DIY gardening. At face value it does seem a bit weird to bond over flowers and plants, but it is actually quite fun to do once the ball has started rolling. And you can do this by building the most essential part of your garden bonding: the window planter box.
First things first: prepare the materials! You’ll need a couple of things from the hardware store. Make sure you have:
- Hammer, drill bits, and drill driver
- Cedar panels (about 1×10 and 1×3)
- Lag Bolts
- Wood glue
- Wood filler
- Level, sandpaper
- Exterior grade paint
- Paint brush/roller, pan
Figure out your design
One of the things you need to talk about as a family is what the planter box will look like. Do you want a simple four-sided box, or do you want to put intricate details on the box? If it’s the former, then you’re all good in terms of materials. If it’s the latter, however, make sure you know the extra materials and tools you’ll need to achieve the design. Moreover, learn about how you can add those details on the planter box.
Once you’re done with design, you begin work by measuring the dimensions of the window and cut to its specificities. When you’re done with that, make sure to cut wood for support, as well. Remember that your planter box will be heavy once there’s plant and soil in it. For the support, assume the boxes will weigh at least 160 pounds, so cut and measure wood that will support that then secure it with the lag bolts.
Assemble the parts
Start assembling the parts on a flat surface. So that you wouldn’t have any problems with drilling the boards, clamp them securely in place. You can even add trim to give your box a more finished look, and you can do this by cutting four pieces of wood the length and height of each side of the box and then secure with nails. And then to give it a cleaner look, sand the whole thing. To finish the box, drill holes at the bottom of the box for drainage.
Fill in the nail holes with wood filler first. Afterwards, apply the paint primer on the boxes and wait for it to dry. Once dry, you can now start painting!
When you’re done with painting, you can start hanging and planting! Try adding an inch of gravel before the dirt so excess water can be allowed to drain. Now you and your family can start with that project and enjoy every minute of it!