Dang. The last Monday of January! It’s crazy how fast that went by. As much as I love the holidays, I also love the spring time, and in southern Cali springtime starts in February, so I cannot wait for next Monday to get here!
Speaking of February, today we’re featuring the first of four Valentine’s Day DIYs so make sure you keep checking back over these next few weeks to get some love-ly (see what I did there???) ideas for your boo or your parents! Today’s diy photo planter is perfect for the latter: I imagine a mom getting this for Valentine’s Day and just falling in love with her kids all over again. I personally would love to get something like this even though I’m not a mom, so let’s make one!
- 4×6 art photo print
- a small box without a lid
- a piece of wood that fits width-wise into the box
- 150 grit sandpaper or a sanding blog
- painters tape
- paint in two colors, I used white and teal
- paint brush
- shellac spray
- scrapbooking photo corners
- permanent glue (not pictured)
- the plant of your choice & extra potting soil
Start by giving all of your wood pieces a rough sanding. You just want to get a rougher texture to the wood if it’s already painted so the new paint sticks better. After sanding, give it a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to paint!
Put your piece of wood into the box so that the longer edge stands up. My fit was pretty snug so I didn’t need to glue it in place, but if you’re piece of wood is loose in the box, I would recommending gluing it in there so it stays. Once your glue dries, use your painters tape to tape off a diagonal across the front of the planter. Paint on one side of the tape with 2 or 3 coats of paint. Once that dries completely (I’d give it a full 24 hours to cure), tape everything off again and paint the other side of your diagonal.
When your paint dries, use the shellac spray to seal your paint and the wood. Since you’re putting a plant in there that needs to be watered, this will help to protect the paint from the elements and will help to minimize how much water leaks out of the bottom of the box.
Shellac dries pretty quickly, so while that’s drying turn your photo upside down and place scrapbooking corners on each corner, sticky side up. Since the sticky that comes on the corners won’t be enough to keep it sticking for a long time, put a tiny dot of permanent glue on top of the stickiness on each corner. When the shellac is dry, flip your photo over with the corners still on, and center it on your wood plaque. Press down for a good minute, then place a heavy book on top while the glue dries.
Once the glue is dry, go ahead and pot your plant in one of the corners of your box. Use extra potting soil to fill in the rest of the box. Give it a small watering, and you’re good to go! Dads, if you’re looking for a present that your kids can help you with, this might be just what you’re looking for! Let me know what you think in the comments below.