How to Decorate Flower Boxes for Spring

Overview

Your flower boxes may be filled with tulips, daffodils, crocus or other perky blooms that herald spring, but if the boxes look tired the flowers will not look their best. Decorate flower boxes as a showcase for spring blooms. You'll be amazed at how a few simple touches can give flower boxes a face lift. Whether you'd like to increase your home's curb appeal or enhance the appearance of an outdoor living area, decorative flower boxes offer a simple solution.

Step 1

Select the background paint color to coordinate with the outside of your home as well as the contents of the flower boxes. Shades of yellow and green pair well with brightly colored tulips, while rich reds, blues and purples go well with daffodils. Make sure that you purchase a spray paint rated for exterior use.

Step 2

Choose unfinished wood appliqués to suit a springtime theme from your local craft store. Select from wooden flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies and other garden insects to decorate the flower box. Remember one basic design rule: Less is more. There is no need to cover the flower box, the appliqués are a decorative accent. For example, line three painted flowers across the front of a rectangular flower box with one hummingbird or butterfly hovering above them.

Step 3

Clean the outside of the flower boxes in preparation for a new coat of paint.

Step 4

Sand wood flower boxes lightly in preparation for fresh paint. Remove the sanding debris.

Step 5

Spray paint the outside of the flower boxes. Hold the paint can straight and apply the paint in long, even sprays. Allow the paint to dry. Add another coat, if necessary. Let the paint dry.

Step 6

Paint the small wooden appliqués with acrylics to coordinate with the background color of the flower box. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 7

Attach the decorative wooden accents to the flower boxes with waterproof adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry.

Step 8

Spray a coat of exterior polyurethane over the outside of the decorated flower boxes. Let the polyurethane dry before moving the boxes.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaner
  • Scrub brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Wood appliqués
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist's brushes
  • Waterproof adhesive

References

  • Krylon: Spray Painting Tips

Who Can Help

  • How to Draw and Paint: Acrylic Painting Techniques
Keywords: painted flower boxes, wooden appliques, decorative flower boxes

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.