What I Have Been Up To-Recycled Box to Planter

Good morning! I can hardly believe summer is coming to an end, on the calendar anyways! We will be very hot for awhile yet. But that’s ok by me!

Here is one project I was able to complete this summer. My husband brought this big box home from work. It took me a bit to figure out how to recycle it into something useful, but I finally did. I knew it would be a great planter for the back yard.

The first thing I did was to remove any nails and stickers. I then patched the holes where the nails had been.

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I painted all the edges of the box, the ends, and the top of the inside with white paint. I knew I was going to cover up the middle sections on the sides with wood, so I didn’t worry about the middle.

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Once the paint was dry, I drilled two holes in both ends of the box.

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I ran rope through the holes and tied knots on the inside.

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I found a bunch of pieces of scrap wood and cut them all the same length. I painted them with all the different colors I already had in my garage. 🙂 Then I sanded them a bit to give them a worn look.

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I laid the pieces out to make sure they would be randomly placed and then nailed them on both sides of the box.

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I didn’t want all the dirt and water to rot the wood, so I cut a piece of plastic to line the box with. It took two of us, but we stapled the plastic to the inside of the box. I don’t have a picture, but I filled the bottom of the box with plastic bottles and then filled the rest with potting soil.

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Next I filled it with some plants and a few other decorations.

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Pieces of driftwood, seashells and rocks fill in some of the empty spaces until the plants start to grow.

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I found this Mickey and other pieces at Dollar General and knew he would be perfect here!

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I added a few fairy lights too which look so pretty in the evening.

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I like adding a few special touches to my patio and enjoy spending time out here! Have you made anything for your patio or porch this summer? I would love to hear about it!

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Make Your Own Coasters Plus a Printable!

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Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? it’s hard to believe that October is almost over! Crazy! Are you starting to think of Christmas yet? I have been. In fact, this project is a gift for Christmas, that is, if my daughter doesn’t see this blog post first! 🙂

I have lots of scrap pieces of wood around and this was the perfect project to use a little bit of it. I had my husband cut 4 pieces of wood into squares and then sand the edges to smooth them.

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I painted 2 coats of black acrylic paint on all sides. I had these skulls in my stash, so they were perfect for Haley’s love of skulls. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wood.

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I brushed Mod Podge all over the top of the wood block.

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I centered the skull on top and then brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing.

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Once everything was dry, I sprayed each block with clear gloss. I gave each one 2 coats, since these will be used as coasters and have wet glasses on them.

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I also attached rubber feet on the bottom so they won’t scratch any surfaces.

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They are ready for a cup of something cool or hot!

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Isn’t this printable great? Lauren made this just for all of you! I want to sing the song every time I look at it. You can get this printable by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page once you get there. There is another one to choose from too.

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As you can see, we have quite a few skulls to go along with the coasters.

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I tied them up with orange bakers twine so they are all ready to give as a gift. I’m excited to give these to Haley!

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Hope you all have a great week!

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