Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

Make it Monday: How to make a farmhouse wooden planter box

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I tried a thing, and it didn’t work. I tried to build some box shelves for my bathroom, but I really wasn’t getting the desired result. So instead of wasting $40 I spent on lumber, I decided to repurpose it. I used two boards to make pipe shelves in our bathrooms (which I will show you soon), but then I had all these other boards.

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I have been crushing on those simple stained wood planters that people use as centerpieces, and fill with all sorts of seasonal goodies. So I decided to give it a go.

To make a planter box, you will need:

1 1X6 board, at 34 inches long

2 1X4 boards, at 36 inches long

2 1×4 boards cut at 6 inches long

Wood screws

Drill bits and drill

Screwdriver/ phillips drill head for power drill

Wood glue

Wood stain in your desired color. I chose Minwax Dark Walnut

 

My first step was to lay out my materials and make sure I had everything I needed.

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I then began attaching my 36 inch 1X4s to the sides of the 1X6 board. This will create a box with open sides.

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Next, I closed in the open sides with the two six-inch 1×4 boards.

If you have any nicks, holes, or splits, you can fill them in with wood filler. I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t fill in a lot of the holes. I wanted it to be a little beat up.

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Next, I stained my little planter box. I used Minwax Dark Walnut and I applied two coats, with 24 hours drying time between the coats of stain.

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After letting my box dry completely, I discovered it was the perfect length and width for my dining table.

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I filled it with boxwood plants, green hydrangeas, boxwood spheres and green apples.

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And then I hit up Pinterest to drool over all the pretty ways people decorate these wooden planter boxes.

Take a gander:

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Decor Innovation

How cute is this planter with the white mason jars and greenery? So simple and so pretty!! I may steal this idea for my own home.

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Must Love Home

Here is a cute Christmas idea that you could use all winter long. I love the icy branches and pine cones up against the wood stain.

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The North End Loft

Here’s another super cute Christmas/Winter idea. Those candles and red berries are too cute.

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The Idea Room

Since fall is right around the corner, I thought I’d share this beauty. I love the candles, the berries, the pumpkins…I love everything about it.

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Sophia’s Decor

Here is a great spring or summer idea…are you noticing a pattern here? Florals, filler, and candles. Doesn’t get any better than that.

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Far Above Rubies

…Unless you put fresh blooms in it, of course. Isn’t this pretty?

 

If you make a farmhouse wooden planter box, what will you put in it? Comment below and share with me!

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Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

I found these beautiful hydrangea blooms at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t going to buy them, but they were so pretty I had to have them.

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I knew I needed a new wreath for my back door, so I decided to buy an oval grapevine wreath.

I also grabbed some ribbon from my craft cabinet and got to work. I simply cut the stems from the flowers, put the flowers into the wreath and arranged them as I liked. I then added a little hot glue to the backs of the blooms and tied a bow from my ribbon. I attached this to the top.

I was satisfied with the wreath when I finished it. And if you’re wondering how realistic the flowers are?

This sweet butterfly was surprised, too!

This wreath was easy and fun to make. Have you made any wreaths lately?

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

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I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

Finding cheap wall art online

Where to find cheap art

Most of us enjoy decorating our homes with things that reflect our personal style and inspire us. Like most people, I do not have a lot of extra money for expensive art, so I have to get creative. I had luckily had a lot of success finding cute and decorative art on the Internet.

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  1. Print botanical prints off of Pinterest or Graphics Fairy.com 

This botanical prints gallery is in our dining room. I printed every single one of these pictures off of Pinterest for free. I then framed them in Dollar Tree frames, and spent a total of $9. I have gotten so many compliments on this wall, and it looks so good in our dining room.

The Graphics Fairy offers a collection of vintage art and illustrations. Most of them are public domain and can be used however you’d like. Simply download and print your images. There is also a project gallery so you can see how others have used the graphics to create things. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas for my own use.

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2. Create your own art using Adobe Illustrator or Canva.

There have been many times when I have seen something I liked in a store or on Etsy, but decided to try to create it myself instead of shelling out a lot of money for it. The printable above is something I created for my youngest daughter’s room after realizing her wall needed a little more color. I used Canva to create it and it was super simple to do.

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3. Allposters.com or art.com

There are two great websites I love to visit for cheap prints and posters to frame. My oldest daughter’s room once featured this tulip print that I bought for next to nothing on AllPosters.com. It cost me less than $20 and the most expensive part of it was the frame ($25). It looked great in her room and the colors worked perfectly.

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4. Get creative!

Who says art has to be a print, painting, or picture? These papier mache letters were purchased very cheaply from Hobby Lobby.com with a coupon, and then I painted them myself. I have also seen people hang and frame old keys from Ebay, a boat motor propeller from Amazon, and even deer antler sheds from Etsy.

I also once purchased Christmas gift bags, cut them apart and framed them.

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5. Google Images Search

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Most of the pictures in this gallery wall were found when I did a Google Image search for kids’ art. I saved it, printed it and popped it in a frame. I love how much it adds to her room.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. What are some of your favorite places to buy your budget-friendly wall decor?

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

I love the look of a farmhouse flower garden. You know the kind- the ones that feature old junk in a creative display?

For today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some of my favorite farmhouse flower beds. I think you’ll enjoy these as much as I have.

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How pretty is this sweet little wheelbarrow with all these beautiful flowers growing in them? Now I need to find a pretty old wheelbarrow so I can make this.

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There’s something so simple about this old rusty pulley and bucket that I just love. Those white blossoms look great with it, too.

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Who wants to give me an old, rusty wash tub? I just love this floral arrangement.

Funky Junk

I thought this old tool box just looked really cool as a flower box.

So there you have it- don’t throw away that rusty junk in your basement. Put it in your yard and incorporate it into your landscape.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

Make something Monday: Spanish moss topiaries

I really like the look of moss topiaries but I don’t like how much they cost. Thankfully, you can DIY them pretty cheaply.

I went to “blue big box store that starts with a ‘w'” and bought the things you see above. I also collected two sticks from my yard (not pictured).

I then painted the outside of the terra cotta pots with white chalk paint.

I painted them on the inside, too.

Then I glued a little styrofoam ball to the bottom of the pot and shoved one of the sticks from the yard into it. This forms your topiary base.

I covered the “base” by gluing Spanish moss to it until it was well covered.

I then took two more styrofoam balls, glued Spanish moss to them, and attached them to the top of the sticks.

There you have it. Two farmhouse inspired moss topiaries for less than $20.

Cheap, easy and cute- my favorite type of craft.

Have a great week!

Make it Monday: DIY Spring Wreath

Make it Monday: DIY Spring Wreath

I really wanted to create a cute, simple spring wreath, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. I did some digging and found a grapevine wreath I already had, plus some Dollar Tree flowers left over from a birthday party.

I quickly arranged the flowers at the side of the wreath, by crossing the stems.

I then added a wooden letter, repurposed from another project, to balance out the flowers.

I then added a bow to cover the stems and floral wire.

I created this wreath using almost all repurposed materials from my own stash. Total cost? $8, for the ribbon.

Not bad, huh? What spring projects have you created lately?