My hubby decided to build me these two really cute, but really big window boxes. We had cheap, little, plastic window boxes for years and it bothered him that they weren't the same size as the windows. We've been married for 26 years so he knows that I have a black thumb and can't grow real flowers. (He's still traumatized about the fact that I killed his childhood cactus months after we were married.) Anyway, the boxes are not built to hold a lot of weight. So even if I wasn't a plant murderer, they wouldn't hold the weight of the dirt for real plants.
I went to the big box craft stores (M & HL) to look for fake flowers. Oh my! They charge over $20 for a stem of greenery. I have two 4 foot long window boxes to fill! At that rate, each window box will be well over $100 and probably need to be changed out each season. No, I needed to find a more economical solution.
First, I went to Dollar Tree. I found ivy stems for $1. They weren't as big and full as the $23 stems from the other store but, hey they were $22 cheaper! I bought 8 stems of ivy. Then, I bought 4 of Dollar Store's pool noodles. That's a total of $12! The rest of the supplies, I already had so I''d have to guess on the cost for the rest of the supplies. But for me, it cost $12 to totally decorate my window boxes.
Dollar Tree's pool noodles are a little shorter than other stores but they ended up being the perfect length for my window boxes with no cutting. I also could place 2 side by side. I haven't even pricesd floral craft foam in years. But, I know I saved a ton. You can just stick your flowers into the pool noodle the same way.
|Pool Noodles instead of floral foam in the bottom of the window box.|
Next, I added the greenery. I put about 4 stems in each box. I would like a little more but I bought all the ivy my Dollar Tree had in stock that day.
|Here is the window box with the ivy.|
|Flowers made from bottle caps and skewers.|
|My totally cute window box!|
Hubby recently got a welder and he practiced his welding skills by making me some horseshoe flowers! They totally go with my bottle cap flowers! I added 3 flower pin wheels (again $1/each from Dollar Tree). I love the look of my front flower garden!
|Horseshoe flowers and pinwheels complete the look.|
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