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Decorating Window Boxes for House Plants

Updated on January 24, 2015
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Daisy Mariposa has a B.A. from Montclair University in New Jersey and two occupational certificates from California colleges.

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How to Make a Better Indoor Garden

Over the years, I have read a number of suggestions regarding growing plants indoors. One popular theory is that if you talk to a plant, the plant will grow better.

As crazy as this sounds, some people feel that the theory has merit. Human beings inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide during a process called photosynthesis. Because plants need carbon dioxide in order to grow, some people have concluded that if you talk to a plant, you’re providing additional carbon dioxide, and the plant will increase in size and become healthier and stronger.

It seems to me that you would have to spend several hours every day talking to your plants in order to coax them to grow just a tiny bit. I would hope that your time is spent in a more productive manner than that.

What do you think?

Does talking to plants help them grow?

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Taking Care of Your House Plants

I have a theory about house plants and what causes them to stay healthy and grow stronger, taller, and fuller. It’s something that works for me, and I hope it will work for you.

Daisy Mariposa's Healthy House Plant Theory

If your house plants and flower bulbs are in decorative containers, you're much more likely to look at your plants, pay attention to them, water them, feed them, and remove dead leaves. If your plants are in ugly, old, broken containers, you're more likely to ignore your plants, forget to water them, and let them die.

Conclusion
If you create decorative window box planters for your house plants, you will pay more attention to your plants and take better care of them. Your plants will survive and thrive.

How to Decorate a Window Box Planter

Decorative Terra Cotta Window Box Planter — For Both Indoor and Outdoor Use
Decorative Terra Cotta Window Box Planter — For Both Indoor and Outdoor Use | Source

Supplies Needed

  1. Cuticle scissors or other small scissors with thin blades.
  2. Decoupage paper printed with individual items such as angels, butterflies, flowers, flower baskets, fruit crate labels, miniature travel posters, old postage stamps, pieces of fruit, vegetables, or other objects of your choice.

    (I used reproductions of vintage fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels.)
  3. Disposable foam brushes.
  4. Small stones or imitation rocks to be used for drainage in the bottom of the planter.
  5. Water-based adhesive that is a combination of glue and sealer. The adhesive will be white when it is brushed onto the planter, and clear when it dries.

    Mod Podge® is the brand of adhesive that I prefer. The choice of Gloss finish or Matte finish is up to you.

    (My preference is the Gloss finish Mod Podge®.)
  6. Window box planter manufactured in the material of your choice.

    (I used an imitation terra cotta planter.)

What is Decoupage?

Decoupage is the art of trimming decorative pieces of thin paper and applying them to an object in layers. Among the types of objects which can be used as a decoupage base are metal trays, wooden trays, picture frames, empty wine bottles, glass vases, terra cotta planter boxes, wooden storage trunks, toy boxes, and childrens' cribs.

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Sheets of decoupage paper on which fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels are printed.Fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels which have been trimmed from sheets of decoupage paper.
Sheets of decoupage paper on which fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels are printed.
Sheets of decoupage paper on which fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels are printed. | Source
Fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels which have been trimmed from sheets of decoupage paper.
Fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels which have been trimmed from sheets of decoupage paper. | Source

Have you used the decoupage technique in any of your decorating projects?

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Decoupage Instructions

  1. Select the decoupage paper of your choice, and trim the objects from it. Try to leave as little of the white paper surrounding the object as possible.

    I chose paper containing vintage fruit crate labels and vegetable crate labels.
  2. Using a disposable foam brush, apply a thin coating of white adhesive to the reverse of one of your trimmed pieces of decoupage paper. Place the image on your planter.
  3. Repeat this process with several more pieces of trimmed decoupage paper, placing the images randomly on your planter. Let the Mod Podge® dry.
  4. Brush a layer of Mod Podge® over the entire side of the planter on which you are adhering the images. Let the Mod Podge® dry.
  5. Place additional images on the planter, this time overlapping them with some of the images you placed earlier. Again, let the Mod Podge® dry.
  6. "Paint" a layer of Mod Podge® over the entire sdie of the planter, and let it dry.
  7. Alternate layers of trimmed decoupage paper with layers of Mod Podge® until you have covered one side of the window box planter with the trimmed paper.
  8. You can stop at this point, or you can adhere the decoupage paper to the other three sides of the planter.
  9. Place a layer of stones or glass or plastic pebbles in the bottom of the planter for drainage.
  10. You are now ready to plant seeds, seedlings, small green or flowering house plants, or bulbs in your decorated window box planter.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda (Sunshine625),

      Thanks for stopping by again. It felt more like summer today (March 16) than spring. It was 87°F in Southern California.

      I ordered some rose bushes and flower bulbs a few months ago. Delivery is scheduled for when it's the right time of year to plant the items in the zone in which one lives. A lot of what I ordered has already been planted.

      I'm going to plant ranunculus in the terra cotta window box planter pictured in this article. I'll keep the planter on my front porch.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Window boxes are such a pretty decoration for a home. With spring right around the corner it's a good time to share this article and get others inspired to possibly create one of their own.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (mary615),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. With your painting skills, I can picture you creating some beautifully decorated window boxes.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I love the look of window boxes. I think they add a lot to a house. Oh, yes, I talk to my plants and they love it!

      I like your ideas for decorating window boxes very much.

      Voted Up, etc.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Natasha (Natashalh),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. If the planters were more colorful, people would stop to look at the plants...and remember to take care of them.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jayme (Sharkye11),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Using candy wrappers for decoupage is a great idea! I've never thought of using them, but I certainly agree that they would be colorful.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I like your theory of plants and agree - a person is much more likely to pay attention to something pleasing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very fun hub! I would love to do a window box with candy wrappers. That would be so cheerful and bright, and guaranteed to draw more attention to the plants! I was always told that plants like to hear music too. the vibration supposedly stimulates growth. I don't specifically play music for them, but they are welcome to listen to my music when I have it on. :)

      Voting and sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Michelle (midget38),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I like decoupage as a craft because it's something which doesn't have to be completed in one sitting. Some pieces of trimmed paper can be added to the project whenever one has a few free minutes.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful craft idea, and yes, when the containers of our plants are well-decorated, we're more likely to pay them attention! Sharing.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Denise,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

      I worked as a teacher in an arts and crafts store for a few years. Decoupage was a popular craft in our store. It's something people of all ages can do.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I haven't seen decoupage in many years, Daisy, it's lovely. Thanks so much for sharing this crafty idea. :) UP/U/ and awesome.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Vinaya,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your continued support of my writing.

      Do you have room in your Kathmandu home for any indoor plants?

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have a very limited space in my city home. I love indoor plants, greenery reminds me my farm.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nithya (Vellur),

      Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and posting a link on Google+. I appreciate your support of my writing.

      Have you ever tried the decoupage technique? It's a lot of fun.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Very informative and useful and clear instructions. Voted up, thanks for sharing.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      CrisSp,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I'm glad you found the information to be useful.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Good, useful, informative hub. Window box planter is actually in my to do list and would like to have it ready by fall (which is a few weeks from now). I'd also plan to decorate it nicely for Thanksgiving and Christmas with festive lights and outdoor decorative stuff. I will definitely hub about it once done.

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sheila (sgbrown),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

      If you make a decorative window box planter, please post a photo of it on Google+ so I can see what it looks like.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love your window box ideas! I have several plants that I have to bring in every fall. I can make a window box planter in just the right size to keep them in my windows this fall and winter. Great idea, thank you for such a great hub! Voted up and useful. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda (Sunshine625),

      Thanks for stopping by again. I appreciate your tweeting, pinning, and sharing my Hub. I'm surprised at how popular this craft project has been.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stopped by to tweet, pin and share!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Keith,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

      I like craft projects that have a practical side to them. With this project, one can have fun doing the decoupage, and have a useful planter box as the finished product.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very Interesting Hub :) This is great for any gardener, especially with kids. This may also get children excited to garden as well even more so.

      -KD

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Julie (Jools99),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

      I think the decorated planter boxes are so much nicer than the plain terra cotta ones. I like the project because it's something you can do a little at a time.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Wow, these are wonderful. I don't have indoor plants but I think the effect of decorated boxes is lovely and I wouldn't mind trying these on some of my outdoor balconiers.

      Voted up, shared etc,etc

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      unknown spy,

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. Thanks for commenting. Are you going to decorate a window box planter?

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Love your hub. Brilliant!

      xoxo,M.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jamie,

      Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like the idea of the decorated window boxes. I like them so much better than plain terra cotta ones.

      Please post another comment after you have completed the project.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Daisy, I have always loved the idea of having window boxes with pretty flowers in them and I LOVE the decoupaged window box! Thank you for sharing how to make this! Voting up and across the board :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Audrey,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your support.

      I would love to have you as a next-door neighbor! If the neighbors who live on either side of us put their houses up for sale, I'll be sure to let you know.

      Please post another comment after you've completed the project. Let us know how your decorated window box planter turns out.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Daisy, Just love, love, love this! I get so excited when I can learn how to create something new. I can't wait to get started. Gosh, I would love to live next door to you.

      I'd be bothering you all the time, so it's a good thing I live in Tennessee. :-) Voted up and across.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Susan,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. The decorated terra cotta planters are so much more cheerful than the plain ones.

      I wrote another Hub that uses the decoupage technique. I explained how to decorate an empty wine bottle.

      I've also written a few how-to craft Hubs involving the use of Duck© Tape.

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      I love your cute window box ideas. They're so easy to customize depending on your interests and home style. Fun info about talking to plants :) I have heard that talking to plants helps them grow; I knew that plants take in carbon dioxide because of photosynthesis. However, I never put the two together. Voted up! Interesting :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Sorry for the late reply....I manage to find time for other creative activities besides jewelry designing classes and office work. I love doing creative things and enjoy doing them in my free time. In the nearest future, I would like to purchase decoupage kit and try my hand at this unique craft after seeing your amazing decoupage hubs and other nice decoupage hubs by reputed hubbers. Have a nice day.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Stoill (m0rd0r),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I'd love to see your flower curtain! Please post a photo on your Facebook wall this summer.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I like the idea, but I don't have the time.

      I am planning a flower curtain with Morning glories for this summer.

      They are still sprouts though.

      Voted the idea up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jojosi,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. I'm glad you like my window box plabter idea.

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      Gillian Namele 5 years ago from Complicated

      I don't think talking to plants makes them grow. I believe it connects us to nature. As for the window box idea, vote up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Anna,

      I'm glad you enjoyed my article and found it useful. Window box planters are a great way for city dwellers and apartment dwellers to have their own gardens.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I love this hub, Daisy! I always admire apartments that have window boxes but never tried having them myself. I do really enjoy plants around the house. Your hub has inspired me to get window boxes in my new home :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ruchira,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Very creative work, daisy.

      Talking to plants definitely helps :) cheers!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Lesley (Movie Master),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

      I have window boxes on the porch railing in the front of my house. It's great looking out the picture window and seeing the flowers.

      Please post another comment after you've decorated a window box planter.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a great idea, I love using window boxes and will certainly give this a try, thank you and voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Deb,

      I'm glad you liked my decoupage window box idea. I was staring at the window box I had purchased, and remembered that I had sheets of decoupage paper in with my craft supplies. The project just evolved.

      Thanks for sharing my article on Pinterest.I appreciate it.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I love the idea of a decoupage window box. I could decoupage anything! Thanks for sharing this idea. I'm going to add it to my craft board on Pinterest.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ishwaryaa,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I know that you're very busy with your jewelry designing...do you think you might try this craft if you have the time?

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A creatively engaging hub! I appreciate this smart idea of decoupaged planters. They are much, much better than regular plain plant pots or boxes! They surely look more visually appealing! The instructions are well-written!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      always exploring,

      It's nice to "see" you again. It sounds as though you have a beautiful garden. What type of flowers are in your sister's garden?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great ideas. I don't have a window box but my Sister does, she will enjoy this. I have a large area where I plant roses, lilies, westeria, peonies and more. I love flowers. Thank you for sharing..

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Shasta,

      Thanks so much for commenting. A plant looks even more beautiful if it's in a beautiful container.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is a beautiful idea. There really isn't much point in having houseplants if they are unattractive and you are letting them die. Putting them in beautiful planters makes them more attractive and worthy of the attention, lets them serve the decorative purpose for which they were intended.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rebecca,

      Thanks for visiting again. With the subjects I usually write about, it wasn't easy to find a WTI that would work for me.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That's funny Daisy. I just wrote on the gardening tips WTI too. I just wasn't ready until this week.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rebecca,

      I'm glad you liked how my article was formatted. I had decorated the window box planter and decided to write an article explaining how I had decorated it. I felt the article would be too short, and then I remembered reading a Weekly Topic Inspiration suggestion about writing a Hub about gardening tips.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Peggy W,

      Thanks for your comments. I have decorated window box planters box planters both inside my home and outside.

      The outdoor ones are on the unscreened front porch on the north side of our house. They do well there, but they'll probably have to be freshened up eventually. Since decoupage paper can (and really should) be placed on objects in layers, it might just be a matter of adding more trimmed paper items to the existing ones on the planter boxes.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Allie,

      It's nice to meet you. Welcome to HubPages. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article.

      I look forward to reading some of your Hubs about the Scottish Highlands. I've actually been to your city of Inverness.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sunshine,

      Thanks for your comments. Window box planters are great for outdoor gardens and indoor ones as well. I'm going to do a slight bit of rearranging in my family room, and place my new planter on my fireplace mantle.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Judi,

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

      The way the windows are designed in my house, window box planters can't be attached. We have an old-fashioned front porch with a thick wooden railing. I have some window box planters balanced on that, so we can see the flowers when we look out the front picture window.

      If you decorate your new window boxes, please post another comment.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I like the way you started your Hub and then introduced the clever decoupage window box. Great job!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Our house does not lend itself to having window boxes but I have always loved that look. I would never have thought about decorating them as you suggested. Does the Mod Podge and decoupaged papers hold up well in the outside weather elements? Or is this an annual project to keep it looking good?

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Really great ideas. The window boxes here look wonderful. Voted up and interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb hub! I used to have window boxes in my previous home. This is a great idea for people who don't have space for a garden. Well done!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Great idea Daisy! Unfortunately my window cleaners have managed to smash my window box but I was thinking about getting another one (or three actually!). Will be talking to the new plants and perhaps decorating their home.

      Voted up etc.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Steve (poshcoffeeco),

      Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. This article actually answers a Weekly Topic Inspiration question from a few weeks ago.

      My roses and Persian Irises are in full bloom in my front garden. I'll have to take some photos and post them on my Facebook wall.

      I cut back my rose bushes several weeks ago, and now the plants are blooming like crazy.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Daisy,

      you are flying. This is quality stuff. I find the most important thing apart from feed and water is dead heading your plants. This really encourages more growth and a better and longer display of flowers year after year. Also clipping dead wood encourages new shoots and a stronger growth.

      vote up/interesting.