Hi there friends!
I’m so excited to share today’s project with you because it’s just too much fun. We made this during the last Mine for the Making Craft Class that I offered a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been so busy with my daughter’s birthday and Easter that I haven’t had a chance to photograph it and get a tutorial written up. So I carved out some time especially for this post. Check out this beautiful Rustic Planter Box! Perfect for spring, but can be used year round!
This was pretty easy to build and super fun to paint. Here’s what you need to make your own:
- 3 pieces of 24 inch long fence slats
- 2 pieces of 2 3/4 – 3 inch long fence slats
- saw (table or jig)
- sandpaper (optional)
- Decoart Chalky Finish (2-3 colors)
- Decoart Crackle Medium
- paint brushes
First, cut your fence slats to the desired lengths and sand all surfaces and edges.
Next, you will use your drill to put all of the pieces together. The 3 longer pieces are for the 2 sides and the bottom and the 2 smaller pieces are for the ends.
Once your planter box is put together, you will prime the wood with your choice of primer. Allow it to dry.
When the primer is dry, it’s time to put on your first coat of Decoart Chalky Finish. I used Treasure and Yesteryear and kind of wiped them onto the planter box imperfectly. Once the box is covered (I did all sides except the bottom and the inside of the planter box), allow dry time.
Next, you will take a clean paint brush and paint the planter box with Decorart Crackle Medium. You want to paint this in one direction and you only need a thin coat of this. Allow dry time once surface is covered.
Now you are going to paint your top coat of Decoart Chalk Finish and I chose Everlasting for this step. You want to do a thin coat of this also and try not to work the brush too much over the crackle medium. As it dries, you will start to notice the cracks in the top coat and the colors underneath peeking through… my favorite part! After it dries, you can rough it up even more with sandpaper.
Now it’s ready to fill with mason jars full of flowers! Or fresh fruit, pinecones, candles, river rocks…the options are endless! I put mine in the center of my dining room table. LOVE!
We had a great time making these planter boxes and painting mason jars to put in them. We used Decoart Chalky Finish on the jars too and they turned out so awesome. Plus, check out the adorable Bunny Butt Burlap Banner we made for Easter! You’ll have to wait for that tutorial for next Easter, as I couldn’t get it up on the blog prior to Easter this year.
Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! Let me know if you end up making a Rustic Planter Box!
Decoart supplied me with the paints for this project, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own and I only share things I love and think my readers will love as well.