Welcome spring with a colorfully planted flower box! The wooden box holder is very decorative and easy to build and brings Easter flair to your balcony or terrace. Also a great inexpensive project for parents and kids!
Especially now, when the garden is often still gray and the weather is uncomfortable, it’s the splashes of color from spring flowers such as crocuses, tulips and daffodils that brighten our mood. For Easter we built a wooden border for a standard 60cm planter with classic motifs. Due to the abstract contours and the white vintage glaze finish, these are not kitschy, but subtle and can also be used after Easter.
You need this:
- Fretsaw or scroll saw
- Drill (possibly with drill stand)
- cordless drill driver
- orbital sander
- painting tools
- folding rule
- rough-sawn formwork (150 x 23 mm)
- Plastic flower box with a length of 60 cm
- Templates: you can download the motifs here for free
- paper, pencil, scissors
1. Drill and screw boards
Since the sides are between the front and back walls, drill and countersink the long boards at the ends. Clamp the components together and screw them together.
2. Measure the box and cut the wood
A simple plastic flower box will later hold the plants and the substrate. Measure the height, width, and depth of the box.
You then cut the planks for the box cladding from rough-sawn wood. Here it is 640 mm for the front and rear walls and 180 mm for the side panels. Cut square!
3. complete floor
Now screw two strips of the same material, cut to a width of 40 mm, under the border.
Make sure that the drainage holes of the plant box are not exactly above these struts, but next to them!
4. Transfer motifs and cut out
Now it’s time to cut the rear motif boards: They are different (100 or 150 mm) wide and around 700 mm long.
Print and cut the downloaded figures. Then transfer them to the woods. The rabbit is on the wide, middle board. Cut out the contours with the jigsaw (curved saw blade), fretsaw or scroll saw.
5. Cut out the inner contours of the motif
Another motif is drawn in the upper area of the boards and cut out after drilling. In the rabbit board, this is a large Easter egg. You cut the other boards in the same way.
6. Make small decorative motifs
Now we continue with the decorative motifs on the side. For the overall width, add two thicknesses of material to the width of the box. To cover these, you need sections that are about 10 and 15 cm wide and about 20 cm high.
Now draw the grass. Incidentally, you need the same pieces of wood for the front: 4 pieces of 100 mm each and a 150 mm board in the middle. Cut out the grasses with the jigsaw and deburr them. However, do not sand the rough-sawn surface!
7. Glazing and sanding for the shabby look
Now paint all the wooden parts all around with a white opaque glaze – if necessary, you can also use white lacquer. The glaze should color the wood intensely white; two coats of paint may be necessary.
For a nice vintage look, sand the wood unevenly (especially on the edges) with the sander.