Succulent Planters

It’s that time again…time to share with you this month’s Lowe’s Creator project. The theme this month was “pop of color” and I thought some simple succulent planters would be a perfect touch to our back deck decor.

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This project is seriously SOOO easy.  And if you love succulents like I do, this is a fun way to display them in and around your home.  All you need to do is pick up some succulents and clay pots from Lowe’s.  I spray painted the pots with Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish and then let them dry completely overnight.

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Then I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut out the herb names in vinyl lettering which I used as a stencil and stenciled the letters in black paint.  I like doing the stencils rather than just using black vinyl because it gives the word an older, vintage look.  If you don’t have vinyl cutting machine you can stencil the old fashioned way and make your own stencil with an exact-o knife or stick some letter stickers on the pot BEFORE spray painting it your color desired and then peel off the stickers.  (Paint black on the pot before you place the stickers on).

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That is seriously all there is to it.  I also took a light sandpaper and kind of roughed up the paint on the pots so that they aren’t totally perfect looking! I love them!  These would also make a fantastic teacher’s gift or Mother’s Day gift!

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Have you had a chance to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure–In accordance with the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Lowe’s and Cricut for my time and participation in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer Network. However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.



DIY Wood Box

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

Another month, another Lowes Creator Challenge.  This time we were given a few different challenges, I chose to make a table centerpiece.  I know I have made some in the past…like the following:

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

Christmas Table Centerpiece

How to Build a Wood Box

Table Centerpiece

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This time around, instead of building a box, I wanted to see if I could core out a wooden pine beam and make a centerpiece out of it.  This way those of you who are not inclined to build your own box can make one this other unconventional way!  Plus it was fun to challenge myself to try something out of the box (pun intended)!

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We picked up a 4 x 6 pine wood beam from Lowe’s.

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We decided to fill it with succulents so that they would be easy to maintain, especially because I don’t have the greenest thumb.

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We determined how long we wanted it and settled on 28.5 inches in length.  We cut it with a circular saw.

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Determine how deep on the sides how big you want the center cut out hole or trough to be and draw a line with a pencil for a guide.  Then take a 1.5 inch drill bit and drill down into the wood.  Be sure to NOT drill all the way through the wood so that the dirt and water stay in the box.  (You can drill a small drain hole, for the excess water, if you want…we did not).

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Drill 4 holes, one in each corner.  Then take your circular saw and cut lines from the drill holes along the beam.  You are just breaking up the wood so that you can easily chisel it out.

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Take a hammer and chisel and break out the wood carefully.  Please remember to wear protective eye covering and gloves as an extra precaution.

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Clean out the center of the box as cleanly as possible.

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When it is all cleaned out you can sand the inside but it won’t be noticeable so it is up to you.  We sanded along the top edges and a little on the bottom to remove any splinters or really sharp edges.

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Then stain or paint your wood box.  We stained ours with MinWax’s Red Mahogany.

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Fill your planter with a good potting soil and then fill it in with your succulents or plants of your choice.  You could also fill it in with candles or some Christmas ornaments!

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And that is it.  This was one of the easiest projects to complete and really took all of about an hour (if you don’t count the down time waiting for the stain to dry.  I have used it out on our back deck patio all summer.  Now that it is colder we moved it inside and it is now sitting in our laundry room window sill!

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And…this DIY Wood Box project of mine was picked by Lowe’s to be featured in the online November 2013 edition of Lowes Creative Ideas using the iPhone or iPad app! You might also want to sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. It’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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If you are interested in how I made these DIY Table Linens, you can find this post here:

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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.

Succulent Planter—Not Just a Housewife

I am so happy to welcome Stacy from Not Just A Housewife today as part of The Idea Room Summer Series! I love Stacy.  She is a good friend and so creative.  She can wield a power tool like nobody’s business and I love that about her.  You are going to love her as much as I do.  Be sure to stop by her blog for some amazing inspiration and projects.

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Hello! I am Stacy and I blog over at Not Just A Housewife. I am excited to be guest posting here at my good friend’s Amy’s blog. Isn’t she awesome? I am going to share a simple DIY project that anyone can do. Succulents have become very popular and I think that two of the reasons are because they are harder to kill than regular house plants since they don’t need to be watered as regularly and because they can be planted in unconventional planters. The don’t need a ton of soil to survive since they have shallow root systems. I have seen them planted in old logs, shoes, tool boxes, and even old toys. So when I got this container I knew it would be the perfect place for a little succulent garden :) It needed a bit of a facelift first.

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I cleaned it really well and then used spray paint in my favorite off white color, Heirloom White.

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I have found that in my area, Home Depot is the best place to find a wide variety of succulent plants. I think succulent arrangements look best if you have different sized leaves, different, shapes, and different colors.

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I filled the planter with a little potting soil and then took the succulents out of their little pots and placed them in the planter the way I thought they looked best. I filled in the gaps with more potting soil. There is a special kind of potting soils for cactus plants that has a more sandy feel to it. If you can find it, that is the best kind to use. And if your container doesn’t have drainage holes, add some gravel or other rocks at the bottom to aid in drainage. Do not over water. Allow the soil to dry out in between watering.

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I put this next “my spot” on the couch. It is a sunny spot and I hope it will be happy there :)

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Thanks for letting me share my project today. And please stop by my blog and check out all of my other projects, tutorials, recipes, and gardening!

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