Today is the big surprise! I’ve been anxious to show you what I made for the dining table’s Easter centerpiece as it’s been carefully hidden from the past 3 day’s camera angles…
Day 1 of the Peat Pot Transformation.
Day 2 of the Jute Wrapped Eggs.
Day 3 of the Mod Podge Eggs.
And now here it is, a planter cover created from salvaged wood.
This chunky board came from when we renovated ‘The Little Brick Cottage’. It was an exterior wall stud with lath and plaster, that’s why it has those cool white stripes on it. They just don’t build studs like this anymore, really, it’s a true 6” wide board, which happens to be the perfect height for this planter box.
I had on hand 3” right angle brackets that I layered paint on to make them look like old-ish iron… sort of…
Then I cut the board into the 4 pieces needed for this cover. Screwed the angle irons on… being careful they wouldn’t go through to the table… yes I’ve done stuff like that before, more than once, I’m ashamed to say… I’m a slow learner.
It has a very rustic quality to it for sure. Um… and primitive… perfect project for me, a finished carpenter, I am not.
You will need to use your imagination on part of this, because it hasn’t actually sprouted yet. But planted inside this planter is grass seed. Hope it is a lush green spot of lawn by Easter. (we literally have feet of snow outside our windows up here in NW Wisconsin, so even seeing this dirt and seed seems like Spring to us)
I was advised (by some guy in Wal-Mart) to plant grass seed that was mostly rye grass. He said it’s supposed to sprout the fastest. It’s been 3 days so far and nothing yet…
As you can see in the above picture, I poured on the seed really thick.
I thought it’s be a good idea to use this self-watering style planter, from Wal-Mart. Then I won’t budge the seed when I water the soil. The spout on my water pitcher pours the water into this hole on the bottom tray and somehow magically it wicks up into the soil.
I did have it covered with this plastic wrap, but it started looking a little fuzzy on the dirt… mold? So I took it off and have been misting the top, just to help get the grass seed moist.
And I purposely built this planter so that I can lift it straight up to water.
Even though today is only Day 4 of the 5 day series, this is the last day of actually making things for the Easter Centerpiece, tomorrow will be seeing how I put it all together with a few tips on vignette building and little additions.
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