Elmer's Distressed Planter

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by Craft Marketing Connections Design Team

Elmer's Distressed Planter

It's a well-established rule of decorating that plants or flowers brighten up a room. But what to put those greens or colorful stems in? Here's a planter for the home or office made from foam board and paint that is shabby chic, lightweight and easy to make.

Make one, take a picture of it, then share on social media using #ACMooreInspired.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours & dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Using template as a guide, draw planter pattern four times, onto two foam boards. Trace one 11" square, eight 1" x 16" strips and eight 2" x 16" strips on other foam board and cut the pieces out. (Tip: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.) Set aside the strips for now. Working at one corner at a time, apply hot glue to foam edge and press into place, holding until set. Repeat with other corners. Let dry.
  • 2
    If using artificial ferns or flowers, place the 11" square bottom down into planter, from the top. Press into place to fit and glue to secure. If using real ferns or flowers that you will be watering, do not put the bottom on -- the excess water flowing through the arrangement will damage the bottom. Glue two of the 1" strips and two of the 2" strips to each side of the planter, keeping strips perpendicular to table and parallel to each other.
  • 3
    Spray inside and outside of planter with several coats Brown. Let dry. Rub candle on all edges and vertically, in streaks on sides and strips of planter. Paint outside of planter with Light Grey acrylic paint, using vertical strokes as much as possible. Let dry. Lightly and vertically rub sandpaper over planter, scratching Light Grey paint and exposing Brown where candle wax is to create a distressed look.
  • 4
    Place three foam bricks in planter and create your floral arrangement. Don't glue any flowers or ferns in place until you are satisfied with how the project looks inside the planter.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:a few hours & dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Three Sheets of Elmer's 20" x 30" x 3/16" Foam Board in Black & X-Treme Glue Stick
  • •X-ACTO Craft Knife (with Replacement Blades)
  • •Three of FloraCraft's Design It: Fun Foam 2-5/8" x 3-1/2" x 7-7/8" Floral Bricks
  • •Touch 'N Tone Spray Paint 10 oz. Brown
  • •Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint Light Grey
  • •Flowers or Ferns of Your Choice, Old Candle, Ruler, Sandpaper, 1" Paintbrush and Flowers and/or Ferns of Your Choice
Download Project Template