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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!

Monday ~ Mantels

Spring Ideas Tour - Mantels

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Tuesday ~ Tablescapes

Spring Ideas Tour - Tablescapes

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Wednesday ~ DIY

Spring Ideas Tour - DIYs and Crafts

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Thursday ~ Recipes

Spring Ideas Tour - Recipes

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Friday ~ Porches and Decks

Spring Ideas Tour - Porches and Decks

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Amber Ferguson

Friday 10th of April 2020

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

So fun hopping with you. Happy Easter!


Saturday 28th of March 2020

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

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Saturday 28th of March 2020

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Friday 27th of March 2020

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!

Marty Walden

Thursday 26th of March 2020

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!

Mary Beth

Thursday 26th of March 2020

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