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Mom's Garden Planter


Left over wood, paint, and your basic tool knowledge transform a pile of wood into a great present for Mom, from Krylon!

Custom Painted Garden Planter for Mom


  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Celery (#53543)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Almond (#51504)
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint - Meringue (#53527)
  • Wood boards (used 1/2" × 3" pine)
  • Power saw or hand saw & miter box
  • Finishing nails
  • Wood putty
  • Potted Plant
  • Drop cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Sandpaper
  • Tackcloth
  • Safety glasses
  • Wood glue or all-purpose adhesive


  1. Measure and cut upright boards to different lengths. We used 16 boards – 4 at each side. These boards are cut at varying heights, which makes the project easy for a beginner do-it-yourselfer (you don’t have to make perfectly even cuts).
  2. Measure and cut inside support pieces for sides, front & back: First, lay out sides, front and back (4 boards each), and measure across them for total width. Cut 4 support pieces to the exact width of the boards. Cut 4 support pieces shorter (2 times the thickness of the board) than the width. This allows for the inside pieces to fit together like a puzzle.
  3. Assemble planter box: Glue and nail the uprights and support boards together. Front & Back – Line up 4 uprights in a row making sure bottoms are flush (tops should be varying heights). Glue support board across bottoms lining up with the bottom edge and repeat with second support board. Sides – Start gluing 1st support piece up (the distance of the thickness of a board) from the bottoms of the uprights (this allows space for pieces to fit together).
  4. Fit all 4 sides of planter together. Glue and nail in place.
  5. Cut 3 bottom boards to fit inside planter box and nail in place.
  6. Set any exposed nails with a nail set and fill with wood putty. After the putty dries, sand the entire planter box with fine grade sandpaper. Remove any dust with a tackcloth.
  7. Put planter on dropcloth and spray paint Celery and let thoroughly dry. Mask off bottom stripe with painter’s masking tape and spray with Almond. Let dry. Mask off 2nd stripe and spray paint Meringue.
  8. When dry, set potted plant of your choice inside painted planter.


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