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.
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.
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.
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.
Lastly, I installed the hardware to polish off the look, and to secure the box together.
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.
I am SO excited to show you the whole space. Just have to wait a bit longer :)Linking to some of the parties here along with Today’s Creative Blog, TipJunkie, Home Stories A 2 Z, Funky Junk Interiors, The Shabby Nest, My Repurposed Life, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Thrifty Decor Chick