DIY Patriotic Wood Crate Planter

7 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

Here's an easy project to make for Summer when you want something a little different for your flowers or plants with a patriotic look. I love simple decor projects, you can check out all of my DIYs on my site right here!

I saw this unfinished wood crate a few weeks back and grabbed it...not knowing what I was going to use it for (the story of my crafting life!!)

Cherry Tomato, Ecru, & Navy Pop Of Color Paints

I grabbed red, white, and blue paints for this project.

The crate had 3 sections which made painting the three patriotic colors easy! I started with the red on top, then the white, and blue for the bottom section.

I let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Next, I did one of my favorite painting techniques…which is also super easy. It’s called dry brushing.

All you do is dip the end of your paintbrush into the paint (in this case the ecru) and then tap most of the paint off on a paper towel, before lightly brushing it over the piece.

You can see how it picks up the texture of the crate! I only did this on the red and blue sections of the wood crate.

Next up, I wanted to add a little more patriotic flair to my crate! I had a package of little wood numbers from the Dollar Tree and wood stars from Walmart in my craft stash along with a roll of burlap ribbon.

Next up, I wanted to add a little more patriotic flair to my crate! I had a package of little wood numbers from the Dollar Tree and wood stars from Walmart in my craft stash along with a roll of burlap ribbon.

If you can't find a patriotic looking burlap ribbon you could use napkins for this part too!

I traced 5 star shapes on the back of the ribbon and cut them out.

The wood stars got a light & quick coat of red paint on both sides.

After the paint dried, I brushed Mod Podge on one side of the stars.

Then I placed the cut out burlap ribbon on top of the star and brushed more Mod Podge on top.

Once the stars were dry it was time to string them together to make a simple garland.

Using jute twine I wrapped the top point of each the stars leaving a couple of inches of space between each one.

Then I hung it over the crate with 3 stars across the front and the other 2 over the sides.

The final detail was using the Dollar Tree numbers…luckily there were 2 sevens…and making a 1776.

A quick coat of the navy paint and I glued them in the red band of the crate.

Here’s how my DIY patriotic wood crate planter looked when I put it all together!!

The garland looks so cute on it!!!

Deep red geraniums, white lobelia, and some flowing vinca vine were the flowers I used for my patriotic planter.

I had a few small burlap flags in my craft stash (I can’t even remember where I got my hands on those) that were perfect a final touch!

Do you have any old baseballs in your garage??

Pop a few in an oversized mason jar and tie it with a piece of jute twine to add a little more red & white to your porch…is anything more American than baseball??

We are so looking forward to the Summer months and having family over for a BBQ this year!!

Check out my Patriotic Flag Shutter DIY too for more inspo for your Summer decorating!

Have A Terrific Summer!

Jennifer

Suggested materials:

  • Unfinished Wood Crate
  • Craft Paint
  • Wood Stars
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Jennifer Howard| Cottage On Bunker Hill
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  • Rebecca H Rebecca H on Jun 27, 2021

    This a great project but where is it that you describe the Star shapes you have sporadically painted on the burlap stars? (BEFORE you Mod Podged them) Thanks for a lovely Crate Prodject...the possibilities are endless for any Holiday Season.

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