How to make your own flower boxes

If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that my husband Dave loves to make things.

Not just any old things, mind you. He’s built and designed our house, and many others for clients, plus he’s made me a funky coffee table with a secret compartment, a shoe seat, a swing for the kids – the list goes on.

He gets incredibly restless when he’s not making something, so when he was getting in my way the other week, I told him to head into the garage and make me something. So he did.

How to make your own flower boxes

How to make flower boxes
Aren’t they just gorgeous? He was in his element making them and he and the girls had fun choosing the flowers and herbs to put in them.

I told Dave I wanted to showcase these on the blog and provide a how to, so he made another one after having just made nine, giving me a rundown of exactly what he did. I think he secretly wants to star on his own youtube channel, where he can do this sort of thing all of the time.

Over to you, Dave.

How to make your own flower boxes

  1. Choose the timber you want to work with. I’m using a 200 x 25m Spotted Gum. The beauty about these boxes is that you don’t have to be precise. Just cut two sides at one length and two at another. You can make two long and two short, it doesn’t matter.
  2. Choose which side of the wood will go on the outside. Here’s your first pointer – you want to pick the good side of the timber to face out. Anything with knots you want to keep on the inside.
  3. Cut your first piece on either side with a 45 degree mitre.

How to make your own flower boxes

  1. Cut your second piece with a 45 degree to one end only. Align one piece of timber with the other and mark with a pencil.
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  2. Cut where marked. Repeat with the other pieces. You want to end up with four pieces of timber looking like this.
    How to make your own flower boxes
  3. Now you want to nail and glue them together. The easiest way to do this is to clamp the mitres together, so they don’t move when you’re gluing and nailing.
  4. Align the edges and glue with either an exterior grade PVA or polyurethane glue. If using a polyurethane glue, wet one end with a wet cloth to help the curing process (it is moisture activated) and clamp together. Use a block of wood to help you hold the corners together.
  5. Tap it around to align your mitres.
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  6. Drill holes in top and bottom. The key is to not drill the full length of the nail. Just do 80% of the depth. I’m using a galvanized bullet head 50 x 2.8mm. Drill two more holes, top and bottom, to the other side of the mitred joint making sure you offset them a little. Here’s another pointer – when you’re drilling, don’t try to force it in. Pull the drill bit out occasionally to clear the drill bit.
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  7. Repeat the process to every corner.
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  8. Use a nail punch to punch the nails just below the surface. This helps hold the joint.
  9. The next stage is filling up the holes. Get some sawdust and mix a little PVA glue with it to make a paste. Get your paste and put it into the holes. Try to take off as much excess as you can. You can also use it to fill any cracks you might have. Let it dry and give the outside a good sand taking off any sharp edges as you go.
  10. Get some chicken wire – I bought mine at Bunnings – and lay it over the box. Cut around the outside leaving 20 mil around the box.
  11. Use the staple gun or handheld stapler to attach the wire to the inside of the box about 10 mm up. Cut around the edges, folding all sharp edges in.
  12. Paint the inside of the box with a bitumen-based paint to seal the inside from moisture. Apply a decking oil to the outside to finish.
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  13. Line the bottom with sphagnum moss to provide a base for the plants and a water retainer. Fill with a potting mix soil and choose your plants. The girls chose some snapdragons and pansies and I chose some herbs.
    flower-box-finalThere you go, job done.

So, what do you think? Do you think you’ll make a few? If you have any questions for Dave, please note them in the comments. He’s busy making me a desk because I’m in the process of setting up a Jamberry business, but he always has time to chat.

Linking up today with The Plumbette and The Builder’s Wife for Home Improvement Thursdays.

14 comments on How to make your own flower boxes

  1. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    October 1, 2015 at 6:57 am (2 years ago)

    I love these planter boxes Renee! How clever is your Dave. Very simple and easy to understand instructions thank you. Thank you for joining our #HIT link up. Xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2015 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for having me, Nicole x

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  2. Me
    October 1, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

    Great idea – if only I had somewhere to put them !!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2015 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Hmm. Yes, that is a problem 🙂

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  3. Bec Senyard
    October 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh they look fantastic Dave! Wait till I show Jacob your handiwork. Jacob loves to do woodwork but he rarely has time to go in the garage to do stuff like this. They look amazing Renee. I bet you are thrilled with the results. Thank you for linking up with #HIT. xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2015 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks for having me, Bec x

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  4. Nikki @nooksandcranny
    October 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so sweet! I also love the layout of your instructional post – very comprehensive!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks very much, Nikki 🙂

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  5. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    October 1, 2015 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    He’s such a legend! I was excited for a minute there as I thought you were about to post a video and I would be able to hear him speak! Got to love Kiwi ingenuity! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      October 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol! Yep, you’ve got to love it. He’s always jimmying something up xx

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  6. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    October 4, 2015 at 12:09 am (2 years ago)

    Always having to make something – sounds familiar! I think Dave and my Handy Hubby would get on very well 🙂 These flower boxes look fantastic. It’s so cute seeing the kids get involved too. My tornadoes eyes light up whenever they get a chance to get “on the tools”

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  7. Dannielle @ zamamabakes
    October 4, 2015 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

    How cool your flower box creations are Dave, love them! You’re a lucky lady Renee, enjoy those flowers and herbs. I’d love to see a pic of your coffee table one day too Renee. And how nice to be getting a new desk, can wait to see that, congratulations on the new business. Hope you’re having a gorgeous weekend lovely xx

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  8. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    October 7, 2015 at 8:02 pm (2 years ago)

    Dave could definitely be the star of his own YouTube Channel! These flower boxes are perfect! I love them! If these are the types of things he’d film making I’d definitely subscribe to his channel!

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  9. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    October 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I really need Dave to come around here and inspire Trent to want to do things, or at least finish things lol

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