Make a planter uniquely yours with creative design! Try one, two, or all three of these ideas to decorate a simple wood planter.
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One of the great things about blogging is the wonderful people you meet along the way.
Not long after I began in 2013, I stumbled onto a site that absolutely captivated me. I spent hours reading articles, gathering tips, and just enjoying the gorgeous photographs of her lush and beautiful gardens.
If you’ve been around here long, you probably know exactly who I’m talking about – my friend, Carole, from Garden Up Green.
Since that first comment I left on her site, we’ve developed a sweet friendship that has grown from working on collaborative projects like Wood Crate Turned Faux Planter, to countless emails, texts, and phone calls. One of these days we’re going to visit in person, I’m sure!
We’ve also shared things with each other through the mail, so when Carole told me a few months ago that she was sending me something, I was more than a little excited because I love surprises – and she wasn’t telling. 🙂
This is what she sent:
In addition to a wealth of gardening wisdom, Carole is also an accomplished DIY-er, designing and decorating all kinds of creative wood projects.
When I got her fairy box kit in the mail, I felt like a kid at Christmas!
I began thinking about how I’d decorate my new planter box and came up with a 3-method plan.
Option 1 – Decoupage
First, I decided to use some buffalo check fabric.
I searched high and low for the perfect piece!
Do you know how it is when you have something in mind, but can’t seem to find it? Ugh!
So, I got creative.
I found these zippered pillow covers on Amazon, and although I’m sure they would have made some gorgeous pillows, I snipped them apart instead and decoupaged them onto the end pieces of the planter.
Option 2 – Paint
For the front, back and bottom, I chose a dreamy pink chalk paint to complement the pink buffalo check fabric: DecoArt’s Innocence.
I adore this smooth and creamy paint, and the color is a perfect shade of girly pink.
Option 3 – Stencil
And to dress things up a bit, I added two new stencil patterns. I designed both to complement the box.
“Blessed” reminds me to always be thankful – because I have so much to be grateful for.
I transferred it using DecoArt’s Silver Matte Metallics. It added a nice shimmer to the flat chalk paint finish.
The Vining Leaves stencil reminds me of the joy of friendship, with its growing and winding habit that adds beauty as it grows.
I used DecoArt’s Everlasting Chalky Finish to match the white checks of the fabric.
After nailing the pieces together, I had to decide how to fill it. I thought living plants would be nice, but since it’s going in a low-light area, I opted for faux.
I found these foam blocks at The Dollar Tree and they fit perfectly! They’re also the most economical foam blocks to be found.
(Shopping Tip: Buy your floral foam at The Dollar Tree.)
Finally, I filled the planter with some faux plants and flowers and added moss to fill in the gaps.
Now it sits right in front of my desk so I’m always reminded of the sweet and beautiful blessing of friendship.
Get the Stencils
Both stencils used in this project are available in our Etsy shop, LiveCreativelyGoods.
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