rustic wood planters tutorial

Okay, so today’s diy project is so easy even a kid could do it.  No seriously, my thirteen year old son made some of these for me…and I absolutely fell in love with them.  They are rustic, they are charming, they are versatile, they are…Primitive Wood Planters.
I call them {primitive planters} because they are so crude and imperfect…sorta like something you’d expect to see from ancient inhabitants who had nothing but rocks and sticks to build things with.
All you need for this project is some lumber{I/my son used some old, reclaimed wood from our deck} and wood glue.
Start by determining how big you want your planter to be.  Mine measured approximately 12 inches by 6 inches.
I started by cutting a 12 inch piece of wood for my base.
Then I measured the width of the end of my base, and cut two end pieces to fit and glued them on.
Next, I measured the length of the base piece, plus the two ends and cut two more pieces for the sides and glued them on.
Just let the box dry…and VOILA!
Your very own, hand{glued}made primitive wood planter.  I actually prefer the simplicity and elegance of the old, weathered wood.
But, you could embellish the planters by painting numbers or words on the side as shown in the pictures below.


You could fill them up with various plants or flowers for a rustic and attractive centerpiece for the kitchen table or island



You could mount them on the wall and use them for storage.
The possibilities are endless with these easy to make planters and They are the perfect addition in any room or for any occasion or for ANYTHING {plants, plates or whatever else you might have lying around.}
To quote M.Stew’s famous phrase…{primitive} wood planters, “they’re a good thing!”

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