Turn a thrift store find wooden planter into a pretty fall décor piece. By giving it a weathered gray washed paint job and adding pumpkins you can transform the look quickly and easily.
Giving a makeover to a thrift store find is a great way to keep seasonal décor budget friendly.
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Welcome to the monthly Thrift Store Challenge! I’m happy to again join the monthly challenge! Each month participants are challenged to:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Beverly | Across the Blvd
Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures
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Fall Planter with Faux Pumpkins
I found this plain wood planter box at my local Goodwill for $2.99. It was sturdy and in good condition for the makeover I had in mind.
I used these floral stems that I also bought at Goodwill a couple of years ago in a Chalk Painted Vase for last year’s fall decor.
For the planter makeover, I separated the stems into smaller bunches using floral wire cutters. They will fit better in the planter after snipping off the extra stem.
To give the planter a look to match my neutral fall décor this year, I started with a base coat of gray chalk paint.
Before the gray paint is completely dry, add lines of white chalk paint to the planter. You’ll want to work quickly so that the paint can blend well.
Use a cloth to blend the white paint into the gray for a weathered look for the planter. If you have spots that need more, add more white and blend again.
This is such an easy way to get a look that goes with coastal or farmhouse décor. It’s easy to make it look just the way you want by adding other colors of paint, too. Sometimes, I’ve added a just a little brown paint for a deeper weathered look.
Since the planter is plain, I added three strips of grosgrain ribbon to the front. Each ribbon strip is hot glued inside the planter and on the bottom.
Next, I placed some foam blocks inside the planter to help fill it and to be firm enough to hold the pumpkins that I’ll be adding.
To fill the planter, I added two colors of raffia that I bought at Dollar Tree. This covers the foam well.
The stems were still a little too long even after I snipped the ends from them. to have them fit the way I wanted them to in the planter, I cut the tops of them down.
I’ve had these two wooden pumpkins in my fall fall decor bins for several years. At first I was thinking of placing them inside the planter, but after checking the placement, I decided to remove the bows and use them on the ends of the planter.
They fit perfectly over the openings in each end of the box. Using hot glue, I secured them in place.
The final touch was to add some fake pumpkins and some cattails to the fall planter. I used a combination of some textured light green pumpkins and a beige cloth pumpkin.
I’m happy with how this turned out and since I had everything on hand except for the planter, the cost of putting it together was low.
This would be great for an entry table or coffee table. Don’t overlook those thrift store planters!
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Fall Wood Planter DIY from a Thrift Store Find
Supply List for Fall Planter
- Wood Planter Box
- Gray and White Paint
- Craft Paint Brushes
- Floral Foam
- Fall Stems
- Fake Pumpkins
- Hot Glue
Be sure to click below to check out how others met this month’s challenge!
Beverly shares easy, inexpensive craft tutorials, diy projects for the home, coastal decor projects, & thrift store find makeover projects all designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget.