Happy Thursday friends! Today’s post has challenged my creativity skills on a whole new level and I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve been up to!
I was asked by the eHow team to participate in a DIY project where 6 creators were challenged to make one home decor project using their imagination and four specific materials.
For this #ProjectThrowdown challenge, we were asked us to use:
2. One sonotube
3. Paint, stain or decoupage
When I first accepted the challenge I thought, no big deal, I’ve got this. Then I started brainstorming and researching for what seemed like forever. I mean what the heck is a sonotube??? Clearly I was in over my head :)
Needless to say, I thought, I tried, I failed, I tried again, I failed and finally I came up with an idea that stuck. Honestly I’m not sure how long it will last but I thought the end result was pretty cool!
I can across this site with some amazing vertical planters and it totally inspired me to create a vertical herb garden and planter. Kind of cool, kind of funky.
First I gathered all of the
random materials and and cut the sonotube to the size I wanted using a hacksaw. One tube was big enough for the herb garden and planter.
Make the herb garden base:
I used the Ikea Lack tabletop to make the base for the herb garden. First I measured and found the center of the tabletop and drew a circle around my tube where I wanted to attach it.
I cut four two-inch pieces of scrap wood and glued and screwed them to the tabletop just inside the lines of my circkle.
Then I placed the sonotube around the wood pieces and screwed it in.
Next I cut six holes into my tube with a small handsaw (not shown). I didn’t measure, I just estimated where I wanted the openings to be. I used a cup to trace the circles.
Finally I painted the tube white and the base turquoise, my signature colors of course. Next time I would paint the tube prior to cutting the holes because a little paint did get on the inside of the tube and I prefer not to consume spray paint while using our herbs to cook , oops! :)
Once the paint was dry I slowly filled the vertical planter with garden soil and placed the herbs into the holes as the tube filled up. I added a jalapeno pepper on top for fun!
Make the planter base:
For the planter base I took the legs from the table, measured and cut them in half with my miter saw.
Next I gave them a quick sanding, arranged them and glued them together with wood glue. I used clamps to hold the pieces together while the glue set.
I love Titebond wood glue! If you give it time to dry it holds so well!
I repeated the same steps as above to find the center of the base and trace the tube.
I tried to use the four scrap wood pieces to attached the tube but for some reason they wouldn’t screw into this base very well. I decided to just try gluing the tube to the base with epoxy glue and sure enough it worked like a charm – no screws needed!
Once the glue was dry I spray painted the planter white and the base turquoise. I added a few squares of cardboard with the epoxy glue to the open ends of the table legs on the base. You can hardly notice once it’s all painted.
I found this gorgeous gold chain at Lowe’s and decided to use it as a faux handle on the planter. I figured out the length I needed and pulled the links apart with pliers. I attached them to the planter by drilling a small hole in either side of the tube and inserting the link. I used the pliers to close the link back.
I thought the chain was a cute decorative touch and I’m already scheming ways to use it in some other projects!
Well, I’m real tired now so I think I’m going to go to bed. My creative brain muscles are worn out!
This is a competition so I’d love it if you would pin or share my project! The person with the most pins/regrams wins and will be featured on the eHow homepage and in a dedicated newsletter! Make sure to use the hashtag #ProjectThrowdown!
Make sure to check out all of the projects from the other amazing participants!
- Tim & Mary, 17 Apart
- Jonathan Fong
- Lucy Atkins, Craftbury Bush
- Sara Budisantoso, Hola Sara
- Summer Hogan, Simple Stylings
- Rachel Pereira, Shades of Blue Interiors
The are lots of sales this Memorial Day weekend so come back tomorrow for all the deets! See you on the flip side friends!