This was my entry for the Crafting with the Stars….it came in 8th place out of 12! I simply LOVE these planters! They are simple, elegant, and budget friendly to make! Here is how I did it…

I am not a gardener. I don’t have a green thumb. I have come to terms with this….I don’t enjoy it and I am not good at it….I am at peace with that. But I do LOVE a pretty porch and pretty landscape and pretty flowers. What’s a girl to do?!?! I swoon and fall in love with pictures like these…

But yet….I am soooooo not willing to shell out $285 for a large planter. That is just for ONE people….ridiculous.
So, here is where I get to put on my thinking cap….or hat….or sweatband…or hairband…whatever you got will work :) Our version was about $50 per planter (so $100 for 2). Trim was pricey but we really liked the look it gave…so you could save on trim if you would like.
And we set out to make our own version of the glorious planters. Remember safety glasses friends!
 My smokin-hot trim boy is ready to help at a moments notice.
 We constructed a basic box out of heavy 2 by 12 pieces of lumber. We made ours 30 inches tall and 12 wide.
We placed a set of 1 X 2 inside to hold the shelf up. Placing it about 10 inches from the top of the planter.
Adding some lovely trim to the top finished it nicely.
Place a piece of 3/4 inch plywood on the base and screw in. That’s it! Now it is off to the paint shop to get pretty!
My friend Chris recently cleaned out her basement and unloaded a bunch of crap ,  err…I mean great trim pieces…(hehehe) among with some other cool stuff. I placed these 2 medallions on the front of my planter (sort of a little nod to my colonial style house)
I primed them with a grey primer.
For the finish coat I used Rust-oleum hammered bronze color. Both planters took 2 coats.
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Brunette & Blessed

    Wow! super impressed. looks great. Would you say you could do both planters for 50 dollars or like 100 for Two?

  2. This one was my favorite and I voted for those planters. I love them!

  3. Those are great! I had no idea they were actually made of wood. Love them!

  4. I love your planters. What a great idea.


  5. MJ @ 517 Creations

    Those turned out beautifully! Way to go. :)

  6. Wow those planters are fab i cant believe they are homemade they are great xxx

  7. Love these! I so want to make them for our front porch. Pinning on Pinterest too.

  8. These are awesome! You totally just reminded me I want to make some like this for the backyard!I'm following you now. :)

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  9. Looks great, well done. Congrats.

  10. Wonderful! I think I'd drill some holes at the bottom on the back to allow for water drainage so that they will last longer.

    I have a spot out front that is just screaming for one of these!

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