It seems most of my projects begin with a little paint, splash of stencil and something to build. Except for today because this time, there’s no building involved.
We’re just adding a little paint and stencil to make this fun DIY herb planter.
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Project Supply List
We begin with an assortment of items beginning with my favorite, Dixie Belle paint. My original box and door pulls were purchased from Hobby Lobby and I linked additional options to make shopping a breeze. Stencils can be found on Etsy at Studio R12.
- Dixie Belle Paint Colors Kudzu, Lemonade and Collard Greens. Purchase Here
- Blue Sponge for Paint Staining – Dixie Belle Paint
- Wooden craft crate caddy set
- Terracotta pots
- Door Pulls
- Studio R12 herb and leaf stencils
- Stencils Brushes, Cutting Edge Stencils
- Painters Tape
Paint Staining with Dixie Belle Blue Sponge
I started things off with paint staining, using a sponge this time instead of a rag and the results were amazing.
The blue sponge came from Dixie Belle; it moved the paint into tight corners perfectly leaving a nice finish in a matter of minutes.
If you haven’t tried paint staining before, you’re missing out.
It’s such a breeze and with this sponge it’s fast. The best part you can wash and reuse it on future projects.
Get my complete paint stain tips here.
Stenciling the Crate
For the stenciling I used colors lemonade and collard greens. The letters were first transferred lightly and the leaves were added with collard greens.
My design wasn’t planned like I normally do and if being honest I could see some adjustments were necessary.
Which takes us to the next step.
Get my complete details for stenciling read here.
I wanted to tone things down a bit with an overlay so the words had a light shadow. To do this you let the first application dry then place the stencil back over the top and move slightly left before applying the second color.
For the leaves I lightly speckled a little lemonade color to add contrast.
These were two techniques that I taught in many of my workshop classes.
I have a new book available that offers a unique opportunity for crafters to learn how to teach and create their own workshop environment. I’ve shared my entire journey that began 5 years ago when I led workshops for Texas Home and Garden.
This resource includes step by step instruction and a workbook. Get it here!
Once the project is finished all that’s left is to add handles which is optional and then top off with your favorite herbs.
This planter was easy to make and I have to say it was kind of nice to just purchase an already made crate.
No building skills needed for this one and it’s the perfect craft for an afternoon with friends. All you need is a little paint and stencil to complete.