Monday, July 7, 2014

~reclaimed wood planter boxes~

It's that time of year to spruce up the gardens and deck areas, which is what inspired today's project.
Warning picture overload coming….

I am so in love with these new planter boxes I made that I think I might cry.
Happy tears of course.

Would you like to make your own?
Let me show you how.

Start with a basic wood planter box.
You can buy them new or you might happen to have a couple laying around like I did.

Lay it on it's side and mark the center.
Draw a straight line down the center of it.

Now comes the fun part. 
You will need a ton of scrap wood.
I didn't worry about the thickness of each piece, I just sorta went for it,
 using up all my scraps in my studio.

Cut 2 corner triangle pieces, and lay those down.
Whatever you do on the right side, you will do on the left side.

Next you are going to cut
{and every time I say cut, it's on a 45 degree angle}
the pieces that say #2. You want these pieces to touch the top and join together at the center line you drew. 
{look for my purple line I drew on mine} 

Notice how mine hangs over on the bottom right?
Using a pencil make a mark on the underside flush with the edge of your planter box. This is where you will cut.

Now using a nail gun {or by hand}
nail on your 2 #1 corner pieces followed by the 2 #2 pieces.

Once those are in place measure the spot between #1 and #2 and add those pieces.

Then you are just going to work your way down all the way to the bottom.

Repeat on the other 3 sides. 

Once all 4 sides are complete you will need to add your trim pieces.
For the trim I went down to a salvage yard and bought enough matching white trim to cover both planter boxes. 

"Frame" out each side, cutting on 45 degree angles again, and nail in place.

For the tops I used more salvaged wood, cut again on 45 degree angles, nailed into place.

Plant them and you are done!
Stand back and enjoy your handiwork.

The sky is the limit with the scrap wood.
As you can see, I used old signs torn apart on one of mine.

The one below even 
has a piece of rusty metal on it.
Can you spot it?

Let me know if you make some, I'd love to see!



Unknown said...

These are gorgeous!
Definitely adding to my to do list!
We have a huge bin we throw all of our scrap wood in & now I know what to do with it!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynn said...

Absolutely love these planters... Nicely done... An inspiration for sure, now all I need is to carve out the time!!! Thanks for sharing...

Tanya said...

Just gorgeous. I always love your projects. So creative!

Unknown said...

You are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Love, I need a couple for me!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love these! Melaine, You are so inspiring and your talent is just endless! ❤ everything you do!!! xoxo

Unknown said...

Awesome! Looks really good!
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Anne's Attic - Design said...

You go ahead and cry! You deserve a pat on the back the planters are beautiful!
Tahnx for sharing, Jo from Anne's Attic - Design

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I love it!! My son has quite a bit of wood and this would be perfect. Thank you for such a great idea.

Unknown said...

These are so awesome!!! I wish I have mad woodworking skills like you do, I will have to hit the hubby up for some help, we have a stash of scraps, now to get to work!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing. I love most this kind of Blog. I, too, would love reclaimed wood shelves in our study and needed to know how to make them. There are more item of wood and wood institute. I love it very much. I need to know more about wood. So I am searching this kind of blog.
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Unknown said...

That's an elegant work done!.. Looks lovely.. Will definitely try this out... I have seen some wonderful reclaimed parquet flooring are out for sale.. Will grab that one and will create this beautiful gardening work...Thanks for sharing..

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