It’s that time of year when fall garden plans begin and in a few weeks planting in my new seed starter box will be next.
Since we live tiny there was no way I wanted to start seeds indoors or even on tables outside so an idea sparked and Robert surprised me one afternoon and built it. It’s been so nice to have his help, working together is nice.
The box was a pretty simple build and those building plans can be found here. We’re also offering finished boxes in our shop for those in our area. Order unfinished or detailed like the one I’m sharing today.
These boxes can be used to start seeds outdoors any time of year and can also be stacked taller if you decide not to transplant seedlings in a larger setting. For more details to purchase the Seed Starter Planter box click here.
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Supplies to Finish this Project
The supply list is pretty simple and we’re using my favorite paint from Dixie Belle. So why do I love this paint so much? It dries really fast and there is literally no prep work needed to get moving forward fast. Since this project will be outdoors I recommend using their clear coat finish to extend the life of your design, get more details here.
- Sand Paper
- Paint Colors for Planter base – Sand Bar/8 oz.
- Paint color for stencil and lid – Their newest addition > Coffee Bean/8 oz
- Dixie Belle clear coat flat
- Stencil from Studio 12
- Painter’s tape
- Paint brush and stencil brush
Paint the Box Base First
Apply two coats of sand bar painting towards the grain of the wood around the exterior and top edges. Dixie Belle paint is all natural and contains no VOC, so if you want to paint the interior that would be a personal choice.
If you apply a nice thin layer the first time the box should dry within 10 minutes and then you can apply a more generous second coat and let the box dry outside. It will be ready to stencil in about 20 minutes.
Transferring the Stencil
This cute stencil came from Studio 12, I love the two little birds sitting on the vine it just seemed fitting for our lifestyle here in the country. The color coffee bean was used to add this fun detail and you can see that I just added pieces of the vine around the entire box frame.
Get my How to stencil techniques here and remember less paint on the brush is the key to a successful transfer.
Stencil Transfer Complete
Once the stencil transfer was complete I set the box aside so I could get started on the lid. Add just a little bit of detail because we don’t want to over power the planter box.
We are Loving Coffee Bean
With the lid I brushed on a gracious layer of coffee bean around the exterior frame leaving the top natural because I thought it looked neat. The interior lid was also left natural.
Once finished I let both pieces dry outdoors and about 4 hours later a clear coat for protection.
Place and Fill with Dirt
The box was placed near our walk path, a space where morning sun is present until around noon. First, I leveled the ground with dirt and then I filled the box interior with a combination of natural elements and dirt.
The filler will settle for about a week prior to planting.
I’m super excited about this cool seed starter planter box. Keeping the mess outdoors just makes sense!
If you want a fall or spring garden this is the quickest and cutest way to move forward and we can help you do that. Visit our shop for complete details, on building instructions or hiring Robert and I to do it for you.