DIY Wheatgrass Planter

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Happy Monday! I have a brand new DIY project for you today and its definitely creeping up on my favorites list. This project is just another reason why you should never through scraps of wood away… EVER. Remember my board and batten project I revealed way back when? Well, I’m SO glad I saved all of the scraps and left over wood from that project because it has come in handy quite a few times (like here, here and here). And now this one, my DIY Wheatgrass Planter.

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I was in need of a long and narrow piece to fill a certain space in my home (reveal coming sooner than later, hopefully) so I decided to make a planter box out of leftover wood.

I apologize in advanced because I don’t have a full tutorial for you today. I’ll be honest, I don’t think my method was the best way to do this. I still love my final outcome but how I got here was a bit chaotic since I’m always trying to scrap things together and not spend money on supplies. So I’ll just let you use this as inspiration for YOUR next project :)

For my planter box, I used 5″ pieces of plywood, Gorilla Glue, (8) 2 1/2″ L-shaped brackets, white paint, black paint, a number stencil and a sander.

 

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The numbers I chose were not random, rather they represent a very special day for my family. This is our wedding anniversary in numbers and a special reminder of how perfect that day was.

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I built the box using plywood and Gorilla Glue and let it dry. Then I sanded the edges down and gave it 3 coats of white paint. After it dried, I painted on the number using a stencil I created in Silhouette (Font: Stencil) and black acrylic paint. I let it dry over night and then gently sanded it down to give it a very subtle distressed look.

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Lastly, I installed the hardware to polish off the look, and to secure the box together.

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At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to put in the planter. I played with mason jars, vintage shaped jars, decorative balls and I even thought about putting artificial wheatgrass in it, until I found out how much that would cost! It would have cost me close to $60 just to fill this with fake grass, and when I only spent $5 on hardware to make the box that was a hard sell. So then, my next thought was to actually grow the grass myself and maintain it but then I would have to wait 3 weeks for it to grow and I am too impatient. So I ended up purchasing live wheatgrass in the store and planting it. But I’m totally new at the whole wheatgrass thing and now I’m thinking that wasn’t such a good idea.  I may end up having to plant it from scratch again. I’ll keep you posted.

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I am SO excited to show you the whole space. Just have to wait a bit longer :)

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses primarily on DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds, using what’s on hand and transforming dollar store finds. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 2 year old daughter and newborn son.

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Comments

  1. JaneEllen says

    Love the planter, great use of scraps. I was wondering what thickness plywood you used?
    The planter has kind of an industrial chic look with the brackets and number. Excellent.
    I noticed that the ends of the planter were covered on top also, reason for that?
    I’ll look forward to your tutorial on your wheatgrass planter.
    Happy Week

    • says

      Hi JaneEllen!

      I used 1/4″ plywood for this project. I probably would have chosen a thicker wood if I was making this from scratch and not leftover wood. Because the plywood was only 1/4″, the screws from the brackets went clear through the wood and stuck out, so that’s why I covered the edges, to cover the screws.

      -Taryn

  2. says

    Love the box, the grass, and the special meaning behind the numbers. It’s all so much better when it has p[personal meaning, don’t you think?

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  3. says

    I think grass was a much better choice than mason jars. The green pops next to the white planter. I would love to make this! I can think of quite a few places in my house that would benefit from something as fresh and perky as this :)

    Christine

  4. says

    Thanks for the inspiration!! It’s so cute!! I may be able to actually do this if I can find pre-cut wood, because I have a little power saw phobia!! It’s darling though!! =) Deanna, your newest follower!

  5. says

    I love this little planter box! You have just inspired me with what I can dow with little boxwoods we put outdoors in lieu of flowers this year. They are going to freeze soon and this is such a great streamlines way to bring them indoors. Thank you for the cutest projects and ideas. You made my day. xo

  6. says

    I love this planter. I have been wanting to try something like this for my table. I never throw out any wood scraps either. You never know what you could make with them.
    Ruth

  7. says

    Tayryn–I love your wheat grass planter! the addition of the numbers and the l brackets really make it special.
    my cats would LOVE to much on that grass!

    gail

  8. says

    This is beautiful! Wheatgrass is super easy to grow and maintain. Just cut off the tops every once in a while and throw them into a smoothie for a super healthy energy boost! And keep it watered. It will grow back time and time again.

  9. says

    This turned out so beautiful. I love the look of the gorgeous natural wheatgrass in decor. I have a wooden cd box that was destined for the Goodwill pile that now has three pots of wheatgrass sitting in my window…just waiting for me to figure out how to finish the box!! I was thinking I would put a family established date on mine. I hope mine turns out as pretty as yours! Thanks for the Inspiration :) Cannot wait to see your entire space.

  10. Jessica says

    I found similar wheat grass on the website ‘save on crafts’. I have a flower box just like this, thanks for the great diy idea!

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