Picket Fence Planter

18 Apr


This has been a fairly big project in the making. It all started when my husband and father began working on a playhouse for my mom’s backyard. All the scrap wood they threw at the fire pit to burn later, and this wood was way too pretty to be scrap! My mom and I decided to rescue it, and as our wheels turned as to what we could make our thoughts kept coming back to my awkward new home.
You see, for the Mister and I being first time home buyers we knew we couldn’t be too picky. We had a budget, we had criteria to meet for our approved loan, and we had an area in town to stick to for work commute consideration. That pretty much left us with a D.R. Horton home. Don’t get me wrong, D.R. Horton has some wonderful layouts. The one we bought, just happens to not be my first choice. Mainly because of our front door and the way it is positioned on the house…

See that water meter next to our “porch?”… the previous owners tried to hide it with this flower bush, but this flower bush grows wide not tall. This was the spot my mom and I kept coming to, the spot that needed fixing!
So I gathered the supplies of wood… and let my husband do the work! (Hey, I was going to do it but pregnancy and 80* weather got the better of me. The most I did was lay it out how I wanted it and then I needed to sit down and have some water lol)

While he worked on the wood part of my project, my mom and I got to the decorated aspect. I made a welcome banner from an old t-shirt that was stained and holey. Using vinyl as a stencil, I painted the letters on each pendant with acrylic paint. Once it was completely dried, I ironed it to set the paint permanent.

The next time we were “in town”, we stopped at Hobby Lobby. Their Easter stuff was on sale 66% off, so we grabbed some fake grass squares at $2 a piece and wooden decor at 67 cents a piece. With the box stained and the picket fence painted, it was time to assemble my decorations. Up went the banner. In went the rock layer (for drainage), followed by native dirt, followed by potting soil, and completed with fake grass (the flowers will pop up between the netting of the fake grass.)

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I can’t decide if we’re going to pull the flower plant out from behind my box… what do you think? Does it add to the idea or make it look trashy and messy?

Update 3/2013

I decided to get rid of the plant behind it. It was growing like crazy and too much to keep trimming back.

Water Meter

 

It makes it look a lot cleaner as you walk up to the door, although the green popping out from behind was kind of cute and now it’s just rock. I’m torn. What do you think? Put a plant back?

20 Responses to “Picket Fence Planter”

  1. J Young April 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Cute idea Mandy! As far as the plant behind it, I would probably rip it out (but try to transplant it because it looks like it’s in good shape) and plant something else that could maybe clmib up a trellis against the wall back there to help fill that space up.

  2. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do May 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Really cute and so decorative! Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic party):

  3. What a great fix for your water meter eyesore!

    I would remove the plant that is behind the box, too so that it doesn’t steal the show from your fresh, fun planter and pennant.

  4. Sara May 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    This is darling!! I just linked up a picket fence as well!! 😉 They are so fun and cute!! You are welcome to link yours up to my party here http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

  5. Emily Meyers May 2, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Hey there!! I just added myself to your followers for support, and wanted to invite you to check out an awesome Modcloth giveaway I’m having!

    Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!
    Emily

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/05/giveaway-time-again.html

  6. Crafty Mischief May 2, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Oh I love this! What a cute project!

  7. Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor May 4, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    That is so cute!!! What a fun way to hide the meter! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Thursday’s Temptation.
    JIll

  8. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear May 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I am loving this as a photo prop, too! So glad that you shared. Thanks for helping make Things I’ve Done Thursday a success!

  9. Liz May 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing! Liz

  10. Michelle May 5, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    That is so adorable!! What a great idea! I am a new follower! Thanks for linking up to Delicately Constructed Friday!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.com

  11. Shabby chic Sandy May 5, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    That is so cute–I love that idea!

  12. SweetPepperRose May 5, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    Really nice project – love the fence idea!
    JoAnn

  13. Linda May 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Very nice work. It looks awesome. Thanks, Linda

  14. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. May 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    I have always wanted a picket fence! This is such a cute idea!

  15. The Lovely Mrs. P May 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I would love Stopping by to let you know I featured your Picket Fence Planter! Soo cute!
    it if you would come by and link something up again today!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

  16. Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife May 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I think is a great way to make your front door look more welcoming.

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