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Thursday, August 3, 2017

#DIYproject : Planters We Made Using Scrap Materials

Our picket  fence on the side of our house has bigger  gaps in between the panels so the rabbits can still get our from it.  I asked my husband if he can build me some planters to block the bottom of our picket fence and he said  yes.  I told him that he can just use the scrap of woods available in the garage but just like  every project that he work on, he doesn't like  making something that isn't to his standard.  He told me that he will go to the store and buy some piece of wood but I really didn't want to  spend  any cash  for it so I decided to build it myself using the wood I told him to use.  I am always into up-cycling stuff.  I mean why spend money if you can  use the  ones you have available already.  I do agree that my husband's projects always turned out great but I love  avoiding unnecessary expenses.  Anyway, here's what  I ended up creating.
My husband   helped me put some screws on the first planter.  I think it was painful for him to watch trying to use nails hahaha.  I am not comfortable  using the   electric tools yet so I was using all the manual tools that I know how to use.  So this project  took several hours to make as oppose to getting it done quickly if  I use his  wood cutting tools.  When I was growing up, I was always my Dad's right hand girl when he is fixing something in our home.  He always calls me his  personal  assistant which makes me feel special.    I just love watching and learning about carpentry.
I even used  the small  cuts of  wood to decorate the  center of the planter.  I couldn't use any nail to it so I just glued them using wood glue.  My husband think that it would have  looked cleaner without those  triangle wood I added, so I build another one without it.  Then he told me that he like the first one I made, ahhhh he makes me go bonkers sometimes.  He told me I  did a great job though so that is  a really nice compliment from a man who is always a hard  critic.
I drive my husband  crazy sometimes when I want us to do project because I don't like  waiting.  I  would  start working on it  until he gets on board.  As a former  Navy guy, my husband always  want to  do things by the book whereas I do things very differently.  He does a lot of planning and sketching, I just work on whatever  pops in the small nugget of mine.  Most of the time  my idea works but  sometimes it fails, it doesn't  discourage  me because it's the failure that I  make that I learned a lot.  

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Tomi Clark said...

What a great way to use that leftover wood. We usually toss it in the woodpile but I never thought of using it to make a planter box. Oh and it looks great!

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Love this idea and something the hubby and I could build together. Yours turned out looking beautiful.

Alli Smith said...

I've never thought about using leftover wood to make a planter. You did a great job and I love how it looks filled with plants.

Jeannette said...

My husband would love to do something like this. He is always looking for a project to do with wood and I know this will be a great one for him. I would love it because then I would have a planter.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

It is amazing what you can make with scrap items when you put your mind to it. I love the idea of making planters from left over wood.

Lisa Marie said...

I definitely have a black thumb but these planters look really great! I would love to make one of my own but that's just because I'm really into DIY!

Joanna Stemen said...

We have so much leftover wood from building our deck this year, that I would love to make planters! These look fantastic!

Debra Hawkins said...

I love this so so much! I don't really have a good place to plant at our current house. I need to do something like this!

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

If only I had an outdoor area!!! My husband would make these in a heart beat!

Pam said...

I love those planters! I have been using scrap lumber to build planters for my patio this year.

Fashion Beyond Forty said...

Those are gorgeous planters! My husband and I are big on saving materials and using them in projects. We have some scrap wood now so I will show him this!

Marissa Zurfluh said...

I love this so much. Someone else's trash is another's treasure. They are perfect planters!

Liz Mays said...

Wow, these were so clever! Great job using those leftover materials. The wood actually looks really nice.

Claudia Krusch said...

I love to find projects I can do using leftover materials I already have. These planters turned out amazing.

Marysa said...

How fun to be able to upcycle materials that you already have. Looks like your project really came together.

Anosa Malanga said...

Well done luv, I am sure if you waited on your hubby to buy new material it would have been lovely but this is super awesome I love it 😍

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

I have been wanting to make planters like these for a long time. I love the way yours came out. Great job!

adriana nudo said...

This is amazing! I love how it came out. Such a great idea to utilize scraps! I have to try this!

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