Scrap Wood and Watercolor Wall Planters

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Do you, like me, have a never ending pile of scrap wood? Do you have a blank wall in your home? Grab your watercolors and create this easy, one-day project!

Let’s start with this beautiful (sarcasm intended) before photo of this blank wall above my couch. I had installed shelves (that I LOVE) on the other wall, but never knew quite what I wanted to do with this wall.

I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to raid the excessive scrap wood pile in our garage (please tell me I’m not the only one who keeps wayyy too much scrap wood). I found a 1x8 and a 1x2. Using a miter saw, I cut the 1x8 into 12 inch long pieces. I cut the 1x2 into four 12 inch long scraps, and two smaller pieces (to bridge the gap at the bottom). I lightly sanded each of these pieces.

Using wood glue and clamps, I glued the 1x2 strips to the back of the 1x8 piece of wood (see picture). Once the glue was dry, I sanded the front and sides of the planter to get rid of any rough edges. Then, it was time for the fun part!

Staining these is definitely an option, but I wanted to do something a little more fun and unique, so I busted out my trusty watercolors. To be perfectly honest, I winged this design (it’s a scrap wood project, so what did I have to lose?). I am SO pleased with how it turned out!

To hang these, I hammered a nail into each side of the planter, then took a piece of twine to tie on each nail. I placed an additional nail into the wall, and hung the planters. My grandmother’s mirror was the perfect centerpiece for these planters! The only thing I paid for in this project is the faux eucalyptus, which I got on Amazon for $11 (score!). What do you think? Would you try this?

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