All you need is a wooden box, some festive fabric and some Mod Podge and you can have a planter box perfect for matching your decor. In this case, I decided to make my planter box for 4th of July so I picked a blue and white star fabric and I also added wooden stars to the ends. I have the complete tutorial below.
- Wood Planter Box (I got mine from Oriental Trading and it is 24″ x 6″ x 6″)
- Fabric (I used a blue and white star fabric and red and white stripe fabric.)
- Mod Podge (Gloss or Mat finish, whatever you prefer)
- Sponge Paint Brush
- White Paint – Optional (You can keep your box natural or paint it like I did)
- Wood Stars – Optional (I found mine in the Target Dollar Spot, but you could find at your local craft store or cut from wood)
- Wood Glue – Optional (You only need the wood glue if you are adding the wooden stars to the ends)
Paint your box (optional). I painted the inside of my box white, but you can keep it natural. It’s totally up to you.
Cut your fabric pieces. You’ll need two short side pieces and two long side pieces. For the short side pieces, cut them the exact size of the ends of your box. (If using the wood planter box from Oriental Trading, your short side pieces will be 6″ x 6″. ) You’ll then cut the longer side pieces a couple inches longer than the exact size of your box so that the pieces over lap the ends. (Again, if using the Oriental Trading box, you’ll cut your pieces 26″ x 6″ to give you an extra inch on both ends.)
Decoupage the long sides first. Using your Mod Podge, decoupage your long pieces to the long sides of your box. First apply the Mod Podge to the wrong side of your fabric piece. Then apply Mod Podge to the long side of your box. Place your fabric (right side out) on your box, overlapping the ends onto the short side of your box. Apply Mod Podge all over your placed fabric piece. Repeat on the opposite side.
Then decoupage the short sides. Now you can decoupage your short end pieces onto your box using the same technique as the long pieces.
Apply 3-5 coats. Allow your box to dry and then apply 3-5 more coats of Mod Podge to make sure your box is sealed.
Optional Stars: If doing the extra star pieces on the ends, you’ll want to either paint them a coordinating color or decoupage with a coordinating fabric. I decided to decoupage my stars with a coordinating red and white striped fabric. Just trace your star onto your fabric and cut out. Apply your fabric pieces to your stars just like you did with the box. Once everything is dry, you can attach your wood stars to your box using wood glue. Follow the instructions on your wood glue bottle.
Plant your box. You’ll want to line your box with plastic before planting. You can also add gravel/rocks to the bottom of your box for better drainage or use moisture control soil. Pick the flowers you want to use and plant them in your box.
You can use your planter box outside or even as a centerpiece. In my next post I’ll show you how we used it as a centerpiece for a 4th of July table.