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Planter boxes are great but personalizing so they reflect what you enjoy is even better. We’re going to paint, stencil and plant this simple box that we built earlier this week. Those instructions can be found here.
This project will also be available in March for Make and Take Workshops, the finishing process will include a dry brush technique and stenciling with individual letters. Details will be announced here later this month and for my Cooper Make and Takers tickets can be purchased now through the end of February at The Mill.
Painting with Dixie Belle Paint
We’re covering the box with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint, I used a simple brush and stroked a thick coat of Gravel Road to the exterior and inside edges of the planter box then let dry.
Dixie Belle paint is great because it’s easy to use, dries fast, water based, and toxic free which means no odors. It also holds up good to the outdoors which was a nice surprise. Get Dixie Belle Paint Here.
Keep in mind you can finish this box with paint, stain or leave natural, I’ve fallen in love with this color and decided all my outdoor planters will be finished in Gravel road. It blends with our natural environment and also stands out with a subtle pop.
Choosing the Word
Choose a word that either motivates or represents something you like; flowers seemed like a natural choice because they make me smile. I used individual letters which can be tricky if the goal is to get everything lined up correctly.
- The first step is to choose a word.
- Add painters tape the full length of the box in a straight line towards the bottom, this will help keep the word stencil even.
- Once the word is chosen you need to make sure it will fit on the face of your planter box.
Stenciling with Letters
We’re going to simplify these instructions; if you’re new to stenciling please read my easy to follow tutorial here.
- Use Painters tape to attach a letter stencil to the box, make sure the bottom of the letter rests on the tape line.
- For the letter transfer I used Dixie Belle color fluff, reminds me of melting marshmallows.
- Use very little paint on your brush so we don’t smear when we add each letter.
- Remove and add the second letter at a finger distance, you may want it a little closer so measure before taping in place.
- Repeat the process until your word is stenciled on the front of the box and let it dry before planting.
Choosing Flowers to Plant
This part of the project will involve a trip to the nursery. I went to Lowes and found these pretty pink snap dragons. The goal was to keep this purchase simple by grabbing three containers of plants, a little potting soil and making sure I greeted at least one person with a smile. That was the fun part.
My second choice was to go with white flowers or include ivy but something about that pink just screamed spring so they won. Snapdragons are easy care flowers so that’s even better.
Planting with Potting Soil
I used an organic potting soil mix that won’t need fertilizing again until fall. These plants were root bound so I made sure there was plenty of space between the potting soil so they can stretch out. A cramped root system isn’t good, it’s like wearing jeans that are too tight.
From building to adding finishing touches this project came together perfectly and the best part it was fun. My planter sits near my garden table that I made prior to moving here.
I love this space because it’s right near the creek, opposite of where I’ll be raising quail but most of all it’s peaceful. Hope you enjoyed this project and if you missed the building instructions they can be found here.
Don’t forget I’m offering this project next month for the Make and Take Workshops.