DIY Stenciled Herb Planter

Make a fun DIY Planter using Dixie Belle Paint and herb stencils.

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Make a DIY stenciled Herb Planter

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.

We’re just adding a little paint and stencil to make this fun DIY herb planter.

Craft Project Supplies

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Project Supply List

We begin with an assortment of items starting with, 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 at Studio R12 on Etsy.

Paint Stain Game Changer

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 those 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 Box

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.

Overlay stenciling

Adding Details

I wanted to tone things down with an overlay so the words had a shadow.  To do this you let the first application dry then place the stencil back over the top and move slightly left before transferring 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.

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This resource includes step by step instruction and a workbook.  Get it here!

Make an Herb Stenciled Planter Box

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.


You may also like these easy projects here: Garden Planter, Gift Boxes and beaded terracotta pots

Make a DIY stenciled Herb Planter

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  1. daisy says:

    What a great gift idea for your favorite gardener!

  2. Christine says:

    What a fun project and you’re right it would be perfect for a group of friends or family members to get together and do! I love that you added the pulls for handles! Makes it so much easier to carry around! I have my herbs in metal water and grain buckets on the porch now but this planter would be awesome in the winter to hold them! Thanks for sharing! P.S. Love that green you chose!

    1. Carole says:

      I like that green too and something like this would look neat to store herbs indoors over the winter. I bet you could come up with something really cute.

  3. Karen says:

    Such a pretty project, Carole. You really gave a plain craft store crate a burst of personality, and in my opinion, you can never go wrong with an herb project!

    1. Carole says:

      It’s a funny thing but I love crates even though I don’t have many things to store I’m still drawn to them. So I would agree an herb planter seemed like a good option.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Patti says:

    So cute and it would be so fun to make with a group or as a gift. Pinning for future reference!

    1. Carole says:

      It would be fun with your group that you meet with every year. But after seeing your project this morning that would be my first choice. Loved it Patti..

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