Build a timber planter box with love and glue for Mother’s Day
GET crafty this weekend and build mum a planter box. Fill it with her favourite flowers for a gift that keeps giving after Mother's Day.
Step 1: Cut your timber to size
Pine timber is ideal as it's hard wearing and easy to paint or stain. You can make the planter box any size you like, either a large planter box or one that sits on a windowsill. Measure up your board and cut with a hand saw, making sure the two sides and ends are the same length.
Here's the dimensions we used:
Base 140mm x 450mm
Sides 140mm x 120mm
Front and back top edge 600mm
Bottom edge 50mm
Step 2: Glue and nail together
Run a bead of glue along the sides of the wood that will be joined together. Do the same along the top edges of the wood that is the base of your planter box. Once the glue has dried, nail the sides and base of the planter box together so that it's secure.
Step 3: Paint your planter box
Next, lightly sand back the timber to make it easier to paint. You can either paint it in mum's favourite colours or stain the planter box for a natural look. Make sure you use exterior paint or weatherproof stains.
Step 4: Add some decorations
You can add details, like this craft heart, to the front of your planter box. Check out the range in the craft section at your local Bunnings.
Step 5: Line the inside
Make sure you line the planter, so that the timber is protected and it doesn't leak.
Step 6: Add your plants
Top off your planter box by filling it with potting mix and planting some your Mum's favourite flowers or herbs.
Tools and materials
Hand saw Hammer and Nails Ruler Weed mat Pine board (19mm x 140mm) Glue Lime wash or Paint Craft heart
All tools and materials available from Bunnings Warehouse