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Easy Garden-Themed Planter from an Ikea Crate

When I think of spring, my mind goes to flowers blooming and ways to display the plants I'll be buying soon.

Today, I'm sharing a simple to make stenciled garden-themed planter from an Ikea crate as part of a lovely Spring Tour - scroll to the bottom to see all of the other wonderful spring inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers.

A few months ago, I bought a wooden box from Ikea. I think it was less than $6.00.

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Originally, I intended to use the box/crate to cover the top of a lightbox on my china cabinet and that's what I did with it for a few months but then, Spring!

Buying a few more is on my to-do list for when Ikea reopens but for now, I took the one I had and used it for this simple and easy garden-themed planter.

I made two simple stencils for it. One for each side of the box.

There is a vintage truck on one side and Farm Fresh on the other side.

Both stencils were created using Cricut access.

If you would like to use the ones I created, you can see each of them by clicking on the links below:

Vintage Truck Stencil ::: Farm Fresh Stencil

How-To Make Your Garden-Themed Planter

I made the stencils with my Cricut using clear contact paper for both stencils.

I used some black craft paint I had on hand and an old stenciling brush.

I pounced the paint on and once it was dry, I peeled off the stencils and voila - a stenciled garden crate.

I added some caster feet I bought a few years ago on clearance from Michaels. I like the look of the casters and I also want to keep the bottom of the planter off of the surface it will be placed on so that water can properly drain, etc.

I plan on sealing the wood with an outdoor sealer so I can use this on my porch but for now, it's holding some houseplants.

I can't wait until I can head to the store again and buy some flowers and put this outside!

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21 Comments

  1. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Mary Beth - what a transformation! Your adorable planter is perfect for Spring. This convinces us that we need a Cricut to create unique stencils!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Vicki and Jenn! Have a wonderful spring. xo, mb

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  3. Paula@SweetPea says:

    This is adorable, Mary Beth! It's great that you created two looks by using a different stencil on either side of the crate. This will be fun to use for decor in any season.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Paula! Thanks also for putting this tour together...it's always WONDERFUL to work with you. xo, mb

  4. I love this idea Mary Beth. You can never have too many flower containers and your added stenciling made this gorgeous DIY really stand out.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Patti, and you are absolutely right...you can never have too many flower containers. Have a wonderful spring. xo, mb

  5. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says:

    I love crates on casters and what I cute idea to use one for a spring planter. The stenciling is perfect by the way. Well done!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle! Those silly casters were the hardest part of the whole project, which seems so ridiculous, but I didn't have a wrench so getting them on and tightened was a bit of a task. Note to self: when storms open again and shopping is allowed...by a set of wrenches! 😉 Stay safe and healthy. xo, mb

  6. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says:

    Awe this is so adorable! The wheels are the perfect finishing touch. And I love how you decorated it for spring! So happy to be on tour with you this week!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle, and it's wonderful to be touring with you as well. Stay safe and healthy. xo, mb

  7. Julie Briones says:

    Mary Beth, I love your crate spring arrangement... and the $6 crate from IKEA is perfect! Pinned, and looking forward to joining the tour tomorrow! Be sure to link up at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hello, Julie! Thank you so much and thank you as well for the Tuesday Turn About reminder. I'm coming over right now to link up. Have a lovely spring. xo, mb

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  10. Marty Walden says:

    What an adorable use of something you already had, Mary Beth! I haven't used my Circut in ages and it's one of the very first ones. You made me want to try something new with mine. Great job!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Marty! I hope you get a chance to pull out and use your Cricut again. I had an original one and parted with it maybe 2 years ago, though sometimes, I wish I still had it. Have a lovely spring. xo, mb

  11. What a sweet farmhouse crate, Mary Beth! I love how you repurposed it and placed flowers inside. So perfect for spring! I'm happy to be on this hop with you. Pinning!

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  13. Genius!! I would have never thought to put the castors on!! You took it to a whole new level my friend!

  14. Amber Ferguson says:

    Mary Beth your stenciled crate is perfect for spring flowers and plants! Love this idea!

    So fun hopping with you. Happy Easter!