DIY Flower Planter

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

Every month as a Lowes Creative Blogger, we are challenged to create something within a very broad theme.  This month the theme was Outdoor Décor.  I have a very long retaining wall in my backyard that is just down the steps from my raised deck.  I shared my recent Deck Update here if you are interested.

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The wall is pretty ugly and I felt like it detracted from some of the prettier areas of our backyard.  I wanted to find a way to make it into a nice focal point rather than an eye sore.  I also wanted to be able to add some color to the wall.  So I decided to build a DIY Flower Planter out of Redwood.

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We picked up some 10 foot lengths of Redwood from Lowes.  We wanted ours to be about 8 feet long (to fit on top of the wall) and about 5 feet wide.  I wanted it to have a slight angle so that the top was wider than the bottom.  So we cut the sides of the planter so that it was at a 10 degree angle and wider on the top than the bottom as you can see in the photo above.

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We created it so that it was two layers tall.  We nailed the boards together with a nail gun.  We also wanted to have an open base so that the water could drain out of the planter naturally.  We used some old wood we had laying around and just cut them into squares to fit into the base of the planter and then nailed them into place.  We spaced them apart evenly.  (Six total)

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Give your stray kids a job to do to keep them entertained.  This one loves to play with the vacuum so she had the job of sucking up all of the saw dust!

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Then we stained the Redwood this lovely color!  It is a nice dark brown with a bit of red tint to it.

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After the stain dried completely, we added some corner braces to give the planter some support and to hold the weight of the dirt we would be adding.  We also cut some chicken wire netting to place into the bottom of the planter to drain the water but to hold in the rocks and gravel.

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We stapled it with a staple gun in several places to hold it securely in place.  Then we added a strip of plastic around the edges to keep the water from spilling out of the sides where the two layers of the planter are not joining.

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Fill the planter with a thin layer of gravel to cover the bottom completely.  Then fill the rest of the planter with some potting soil.  Add some plants and you have a custom built DIY Flower Planter.

As Lowe’s bloggers, we actually work 3 months AHEAD of schedule…so…I actually made this at the end of March.  So, in Utah, things are still pretty cold and snowy around here at times.  The plant selection is pretty sparse and we still can get some cold freezes.  So I just filled it with some really hardy spring plants and a few herbs.

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I have since transplanted some of the plants in my yard and traded them for some different ones that are summer hardy.  I will share the updated planter here in a later post when I share some other updates we have made to this area!

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See the big, ugly wall?  Well…stay tuned…we have plans for that too!

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

Christmas Vintage DIY Crate

This month, as part of the Lowe’s Creative Blogger team, we were given the challenge to create some Holiday décor items.  I always enjoy these challenges because it gives me an opportunity to finally get some of these projects that are constantly swirling around my head, out of my head and in my home.

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And I am especially excited about this project…a vintage DIY crate!  I have actually spent some time looking around for some of these crates but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted and so I had toyed with the idea of making my own.  But wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.

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So with this month’s #LowesCreator challenge, I decided that this would be the perfect time to try my hand at making a “vintage” crate.

I picked up some tounge and groove pine boards at Lowe’s and cut off the “tounges” and “grooves” by simply running the boards through our saw.  I picked these boards because they are really thin and inexpensive.

For the front and back of the crate, I cut 6 of these boards so that I had:

6 boards that measured 3.5 inches by 24 inches. 

They are 1/4 inch thick.

Then I made 6 more boards that measured 3.5 inches by 7.5 inches for the sides of the crate.

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Then I cut a piece of a pine board 7 x 24 inches.  This is the bottom of the crate.

Then to make the corner supports of the box, I cut 4—7 inch pieces a of 1.5 x 1.5 board.

What…You don’t work in your pajamas? :) My little girl takes pretty good pictures…don’t you think?

Then you will need to nail your crate together. I didn’t use any wood glue on this project, but you can if you want.

I started with the bottom and one of the front pieces and nailed them together. Then I nailed on the back piece to the bottom.

Then you can nail on both sides. Be careful to hold your box exactly where you want it so that it maintains a nice rectangular shape.

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Then I nailed the corner supports in and finished nailing the other two front planks to the corner supports.  I chose to leave a tiny space in between each plank to give it a more vintage feel.

After the front is nailed, I added the side planks so that I could match them up with the front. When nailing these on, be sure to keep your corner pieces straight. This is very important to the overall finish of your vintage crate.

Then finally, you will nail the back planks on. This crate is made so that the sides of the crate planks actually show on the front and the back of the crate. I thought this would help with the overall vintage look.  Now your crate is done! Yay!!

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To add a label I simply printed out this old vintage stamp that I found in the online Silhouette store.  I transferred it over onto the wood with the old trick of drawing on the back of the design in pencil and then coloring over the top of it so that it ends up on the wood.  Pretty high tech!

Then you simply need to draw the design with a black Sharpie.

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Throw a layer of stain on your crate ( I used a walnut colored stain)…and you have a beautiful vintage DIY crate!

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I was surprised at how easy this crate was to build.  And was really happy with the overall results.  I love being able to make something JUST the way I want.

I added some pine branches and a berry garland to glam it up and threw in a couple of candles.  As always be super careful when using candles.  And…since I took these pictures, I actually threw a string of white battery powered Christmas lights to give it some more holiday sparkle.

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When the holidays are over, I can replace what is in the crate so it can be in my home all year long.

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*I was given a Lowe’s gift card for the supplies to make this crate.  However all opinions and statements are mine.