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10/13

I’ve been trying to think of more ways to add greenery to our new house, and while I love how my hanging gold bowl planters turned out, I needed something that could work on a smaller scale in our dining room area. I was playing around with making holders out of clay, but then I saw these little round wooden jewelry boxes and thought they would be just the right look once they were cut in half. Projects like these are the reason I love having a jig saw—they are super inexpensive and easy to use, but a whole new world of possibilities is opened to you when you have one. Don’t be intimidated by the word “saw” because you can totally use this one!

Supplies:
-small wooden jewelry boxes with removable lids
-jig saw
-glue
-balsa wood
1/2″ cup hooks
-small gold chain (check chain section of hardware store)
-waterproof caulk and sealer (optional)Supplies:
-small wooden jewelry boxes with removable lids
-jig saw
-glue
-balsa wood
1/2″ cup hooks
-small gold chain (check chain section of hardware store)
-waterproof caulk and sealer (optional)

Use a small screwdriver to remove the lid from the box. Mark down the center of the bottom and sides of the box to divide the box in half. Use your jig saw to cut the box down the line into two equal halves (go down one side, across the bottom and up the other side).

Trace the open side of the box onto your balsa wood and cut out a back panel to close in your half box. Use glue to secure the balsa wood to the box and allow the glue to fully dry.

Paint the outside and top lip of the planter with paint. When the paint is dry, you can waterproof the inside of your planter if you plan on using live plants on your wall. I would seal the inside seams with a waterproof caulk and then spray the inside wood with a waterproof sealer. These are small plants in small containers, so they shouldn’t need that much water at one time, but it’s good to waterproof them to protect your wall and floor. I have been finding some really good faux succulents at craft stores lately, so I decided to put in real dirt but fake plants. The dirt totally helps trick you into thinking they are real, but you never have to remember to water them—WIN!

Once your planters are painted and sealed, screw in two cup hooks into the top back corners of the planter, and cut your chain to size with chain cutters.

I made a mockup with tape so I could see where I wanted the planters hung and how far down they should go. I would recommend doing something like this if you are hanging multiples in a group.

Add your plants into your mini wall planters, and you’re ready to hang those babies!

I mean, would you have ever guessed that those planters used to be wooden jewelry boxes?? I love how they look grouped together in staggered lengths, but this would also be a great idea as singles to flank both sides of an entryway mirror or in a grouping with some colorful prints as well. You can also apply the same idea to larger boxes if you want a bigger wall planter. So don’t be afraid to play with different shaped boxes if you find some you like. Just another DIY reminder to always “think outside the box”!! 😉 xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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