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DIY Wall Planter

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Posted on May 23, 2022 by Jennifer Carroll

I’m not sure how committed I am to keeping plants alive this summer. The rainy season in SW Florida is coming soon, so that might help motivate me because I know that I won’t have to water things day and night to keep them alive. We have some low-maintenance plants that are doing well without much help from me. I do know that I love the look of fresh flowers and plants that are doing better than just barely staying alive.

Since I had an empty space on the wall of the breezeway between our garage and our house – I decided to make a simple and quick wall planter. That way if it turns out that I’m just not that committed to keeping plants alive this year, I can fill the containers with artificials and because they’re not truly outside it won’t look weird. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

I looked around my workshop to see what materials I had on hand that might make an interesting and not-much-assembly required planter. I know I’ve told you about our shutters that were original to the house and that my husband had the nerve to put them on the curb for trash day. I rescued them and they have been used in several DIYs. I am down to my last two and after this planter, I’ll have one left. I love that I have thought of ways to use things that belonged to our house in new and different ways. This might just be my favorite way yet. I do have plans for that last shutter and I’m sure it will be featured in an upcoming post.

If you have an old shutter to work with, you might want to grab it and a few planters to make this easy wall feature. And if you have a greener thumb than me and a deeper level of commitment to keeping things alive, buy some plants too.

No shutters? No worries. Any piece of wood will do. You can even use an old cabinet door. Just go to Pinterest and you’ll see how many ways there are to upcycle cupboard doors. The Habitat for Humanity Resale Store is an excellent place to look for shutters or cupboard doors. You might want to keep a few in your stash as there are so many DIY projects you can do with them.

Once I decided that the shutter would be the background for my planter, I hosed it off well and let it dry in the Florida sunshine. It was clean, just dusty from sitting in my workshop waiting for a purpose in life. I decided for the sake of time I wasn’t going to give this shutter a complete paint job. I took a chip brush and gave the entire front a coat of chalk paint with a dry brush. The dry brush technique means that you off-load most of your paint and use the brush with minimal paint. It dries in a flash and the light coverage gives it a distressed look without all the work. I use a chip brush to add more texture and make the paint job appear uneven and well..chippy.

While the barely-there paint was drying I looked around for some things that I could use as planters. I have a stash of prepared buckets just waiting for me on my potting bench. I’ve drilled holes in the bottoms for drainage and let them weather outside while I make up my mind as to what I’m going to put in them.

I found a couple of buckets that I could transplant some things in, and I was all set.

One of my buckets had a little hanger already attached to the back so I just tucked it between the slats of the shutter. Easy peasy. The second bucket needed something on the handle to hang it with. I found a big “S” hook from The Dollar Tree. These are only available during the spring season and if you haven’t already discovered them, go get some while you can. They come in a pack of two for $1.25. I carry them in the tool bag that we bring to every show, and they come in handy every time. I hang pictures, pillows, and other merchandise from the rafters of our tent. When you’re working with a 10’ x 10’ space you need to use every square inch of it.

To finish off my wall-mounted planter, I needed something to mount it with. I decided on a piece of nautical rope from my stash. I get this from the crafting or floral section of the Dollar Tree. There are probably cheaper places to buy it if you need a lot of it. I think this came in a 9’ length and that’s plenty enough for my purposes.

I was going to use hot glue to attach my rope to the shutter, but I wasn’t sure how heavy this piece might become as I add plants throughout the season. I ended up using a boring drill bit to make two holes on the top sides of the shutter. I fed the rope through from the back and tied a knot on the front. I like the simplicity it adds to the piece and I won’t have to worry about it falling off the wall.

To add some whimsy to this piece I found a cute little bucket with a handle and a few miniature garden tools. I pounded a small nail into my shutter to hang it from and this project is complete for now.

Making a new piece of décor usually inspires and before long I’ll be up at Home Depot, Lowes or at the local nursery buying up some flowers. This does not guarantee their survival. Until next time – happy crafting!

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