Friday, February 19, 2016

A box for all seasons ~

 This week my garden group is holding its annual event to raise money to fund our speakers for the coming year. I decided to make a wooden box to take for the raffle. A dual use container that could be used as a planter or for display, such as the box I made for myself which currently sits in a sunny kitchen window planted with succulents. During the holidays with the succulents removed, it was filled with greenery, pillar candles and ornaments and used as a centerpiece for my dining room table.
There are so many things you can do with one.

I started with a standard 24 inch plastic window-box from Home Depot and built a wooden container to put it in. Getting the dimensions right was a bit tricky but I finally solved the problem. I wanted it to be easy to lift out.

 Decorative molding and side handles were added to to dress it up a bit. It was then stained, and for protection, and a some richness given several coats of polyurethane.

here it is early this morning in the car ready to go to the raffle.

At first I was going to plant it with succulents but then I decided on winter and early spring annuals. When I was at the garden center I couldn't resist the violas and these amazing yellow primroses.

I hope that someone will enjoy having it.

PS. Thank you Alexa


  1. Oh my gosh! you continue to amaze me with your building talents! Adrienne, Raleigh would be soo very proud of you! What and where does your group meet? Are they all gardeners, like you? or DIY'ers?

  2. There's no doubt that this will be a top fundraiser! You are utterly amazing, Adrienne.

  3. WOW you are really handy with making things. You did a terrific job on the box and whoever gets will love it. Hopefully you will meet you goals for speakers at your Fun Raiser.
    Enjoy the weekend and it's going to be a good one, but come Monday HOT. Have to go into SC Hospital on Monday for a friend and i am not looking forward to that long hot drive.

    1. That is a long careful driving I hope you don't have too much traffic.

  4. The lucky person who gets your garden box will be a lucky winner for sure. Thanks for the details on how to make it.

  5. Your box is so versatile but looks great with flowers, and I love how you dressed it up a bit with the molding around the top. Very nice!
    Mary Aice

  6. You did such a great job on your box. You are so darn handy with your tools and your green thumb! I'm sure it did very well at your raffle. Love the touch of spring with your pretty flowers.

  7. I am the lucky one who won this fabulous box after some fierce bidding! It is indeed beautiful and also skillfully made. I will be enjoying it for many years. Thank you, Adrienne!


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