Rustic-looking wares are still very much in style these days, and today I’ll be showing you an easy way to make rustic plant boxes without ever busting out wood stains – this DIY is easy, fun and most-importantly, odor-free! You can definitely make a couple or more of these DIY table numbers right in the comfort of your own craft room/area. So jump in and see how I made them!
- Darice Wooden Boxes
- Acrylic Paint in Burnt Umber & Black
- Darice Foam Brush & Darice Pouncer
- Paint Container
- Darice Burlap Fabric
- Glue Gun
- Contact Paper or Stencil
- Foam Block
- Faux Succulents or other Faux Plants
Step 1. Mix water, burnt umber and black paint in a 4:2:1 ratio. Add more burnt umber or black depending on the color of wood you are going for. I wanted a darker walnut look so I added more black to mine.
Step 2. Liberally apply your “stain” on your wooden box with a foam brush. Use one or two coats at first, let it dry, and add more if desired. I ended up with just two coats on mine. To prevent the wood from roughing up too much, decrease your paint strokes as much as you can. Let the whole thing dry – about 30 minutes.
Step 3. Using sandpaper or a palm sander, lightly scuff the edges and corners of your box. You can even take a box cutter or X-acto knife to help with the scuffing process – the end goal is to have something that looks a bit aged.
Step 6. Adhere your burlap onto one side of the wooden box. You can cut more for another side, or all the sides of the box, depending on how you’re planning on using it. For mine, I only used one side of the boxes for the DIY table numbers.
Step 9. Once the paint is dry, peel off the stencil to reveal your gorgeous number. If there are any burlap ‘hairs’ sticking out, trim them with a pair of craft scissors. And now your planter box DIY table numbers are finished!
Step 10. Time to fill it with plants. If you are using faux plants – here’s a trick: Fill your box about halfway with crumpled paper, add a foam block on top and fill the sides with more crumpled paper.
And you are done! Who knew you can make such gorgeous DIY table numbers from a wooden box? Use them for weddings, parties, or even as decor around the house! I’m planning to put one in my bathroom and one on my bedside table.
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.