By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa
I’ve sort of given up on owning plants. I can’t keep them alive, I do not understand how to do that. Doesn’t matter what type of plant it is, if it’s in my possession, it will die a slow, painful death. It’s gotten to the point where all we have are a couple aloe plants and my boyfriend insists he take care of them because he loves them. Fine by me.
That being said, I’m not ready to lose the atmosphere that having plants inside the home brings. I love having green in my apartment, but maybe not…you know, real green. Maybe I need fake green.
I’ve never been a huge fan of fake plants, but I’m a little desperate. I figure if I put them in a planter that’s so cute it distracts from the fake-ness of the plants, it all might work out for the best. No dead plants, less lives lost, less money spent on new plants, super easy and fun craft. All wins in my book.
What you’ll need:
- A piece of balsa wood. You’ll need to get 8 equally-sized squares out of it, so keep that in mind.
- Ruler (T-ruler preferred, but not necessary)
- Craft knife or box cutter
- Paint brush
- Acrylic Paint
- Tin foil
- Linoleum carver/wood carver/small sharp knife
- Hot glue
To start, measure the length and width of your piece(s) of balsa wood. Mine was 3” x 36”. I measured and marked three inch segments down the length of the wood until I had eight equally-sized squares.
Balsa wood is extremely soft, so a craft knife should be more than sufficient when trying to cut through the wood. Also keep this in mind when handling the wood. It will dent and break easily; handle with care!
If you have a T-ruler, line it up so the top of the T is against the top of the piece of wood, and the ruler lines up with the marks you’ve made. Using your craft knife, carefully score the wood multiple times until you have a deep cut on one side of the wood, using the ruler as a guide to keep the cut straight. Flip the wood over and score on the other side as well, until you’ve completely cut through your piece of wood and have your first square. Repeat until all 8 squares have been cut
Next, choose your paint colors. I went with lavender and black, but of course, you can use whatever colors you want, or make both planters the same color. Paint the entire square, edges and sides included.
Since the entire piece of wood is covered in wet paint, make a “rack” for drying out of a long piece of tin foil. I just rolled mine up like a snake and rested one end of the square on the foil and the other end on a piece of paper. It worked perfectly fine.
After each square has dried completely, grab a carving tool. I used a linoleum carver, but as stated above, you can use any type of carving tool, be it wood or just a small knife. Carefully carve small knicks in the wood to create a textured “polka-dot” look.
If you wanted, you could paint your squares white and carve out little spots, then paint the spots black. Whatever you want to do, it’s up to you
Make sure to clean all small slivers of wood off the squares after you’re done cutting.
Once you are done carving, take your hot glue gun and apply glue to one edge of a piece of wood.
Press the edge of another piece firmly onto the glued edge. Hold for a few seconds. Keep gluing the pieces together until you’ve created a cube.
In my opinion, you do not need a bottom piece, since (for this craft, at least) you’ll be using a fake plant and won’t need to worry about water leakage. However, if you do want to use a real plant, go ahead and paint an extra square for each planter and glue it to the bottom of your cube.
Plop your plant inside, display and enjoy!
(Or, drop it in your planter and feel your soul depart your body as you watch dirt and rocks spill all over your rental carpet…real plants my photograph better, but my hate for them is real). Craft Bloopers Drawing… here I come.