As far as gardeners are concerned, the more plants you can fit into your yard, the better. When you need more space, think outside the box.
A fence or the side of the house or garage is the perfect place to add shadow boxes. Plant some of your favorite seasonal flowers and expand your garden with these beautiful additions. The potted plants are easy to switch around seasonally for a changing display of flowers and greenery.
These instructions cover how to make a 24-inch square shadow box. Adapt the measurements and follow the same steps to make a variety of different-sized shadow boxes.
Hang Shadow Boxes on a Fence
Step 1: Cut wood.
Measure the thickness of the ¾-inch x 6-inch cedar board, multiply by two, and subtract from the width of the final box. So in this case, the thickness is ¾-inch multiplied by two, which equals 1 ½ inches. Subtract from the width of the final box, 24 inches, for a measurement of 22 ½ inches for the vertical sides. The thickness of your wood may vary slightly, so adjust cuts accordingly.
Cut the following pieces from the ¾-inch x 6-inch cedar: Two 24-inch, Two 22 ½-inch
Cut the following pieces from the ¾-inch x 4-inch cedar: Two 24-inch
Step 2: Attach sides.
Clamp a 24-inch and 22 ½-inch board together with the 90-degree angle clamp. Using an 1/8-inch drill bit, drill two evenly-spaced holes through the top of the 24-inch board into the end of the 22 ½-inch board. For a nicer finish, use a countersink bit.
Screw together the top and sides with the 1 ⅝-inch coated deck screws. Repeat for the other three corners.
Step 3: Add supports.
You should now have a square. Place the 24-inch x ¾-inch x 4-inch pieces flat on the top and bottom on the back of the box. At each corner, drill two holes through the ¾-inch x 4-inch into the sides of the box, and attach the wood with 1 ⅝-inch screws.
Step 4: Stain and seal.
Sand and clean any rough areas if necessary. Stain or paint the shadow box and seal with waterproofing products for extra protection from the elements.
Step 5: Hang.
Drill the top back supports into a wall or fence. Use a level to make sure the boxes are straight and attach with screws. Add a variety of seasonal potted plants.
Tip: Create shadow boxes with wood left over from other projects.