Cheap Window Boxes

jennamae(6)May 14, 2008

...is that a paradox? Apparently so

I am attempting to add some curb appeal to my husband's shop/office while he is away for the week (it is his birthday surprise) and of course I am on a budget.

I thought I would do window boxes and a planted urn at the entrance, however the 2 windows are 45 inches wide and window boxes at that length are ridiculously expensive. Does anyone know of a source or have any ideas.

The entrance is a blank slate and since we rent the space I don't want to go overboard, just want to make it more inviting.

Thanks in advance

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cynthia_gw

Why not use 36" inch boxes and center them? That's what I've done for wider windows. You'd have just 4.5" left on each side. Not even noticeable.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 7:40PM
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jennamae(6)

Hmmm...I guess I could. I was worried the box would look lost.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 8:26PM
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graywings123

I wouldn't go with the smaller window boxes. In fact, if there are shutters, the boxes should extend beyond the windows.

But more importantly, does the landlord allow you to drill holes in the outside of the building to install the boxes?

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 8:17AM
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jennamae(6)

Yes, I cleared it with the landlord. I'm not irresponsible~ There are no shutters.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 11:16AM
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graywings123

I had the same problem when I was trying to buy window boxes for my MIL's house. I shopped all over the internet and locally. The larger size ones are expensive. I ended up having my husband make them - which of course doesn't help you.

Maybe you could go another route with decorating the areas below the windows. Mandevilla growing up trellises would be pretty and easy.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 3:47PM
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jennamae(6)

Thanks for the suggestions...my mom ended up with the Mandevilla~

I found two iron 36" window boxes on sale for $25 each and went for it...I put a dwarf Boxwood, white Geraniums and a trailing Licorice vine. I also found an old urn at my husband's shop and put a 2- balled topiary in it with white wave Petunias...mission complete...it looks better than it did. I hope he will be surprised. Thanks for all the input.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2008 at 10:20PM
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tropic_of_chesapeake(z7a Md AA Co)

Too late to help you but Wal-Mart had 24" iron and coco fiber window boxes for $6 or $7 each. Maybe this will be a working solution for someone else.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 9:00AM
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