To create your own pallet wood planter box, be sure to gather the following items. These items can be purchase directly from Amy Howard at Home, or from your local Amy Howard at Home retailer. To find an Amy Howard at Home retailer near you, visit our retailers page.
Items needed from Amy Howard at Home:
Other items needed:
- Container to mix Venetian Plaster
- Metal putty knife
- Cleaning cloths
- Saw to cut wood to length
- Wood glue
- Masking tape
- Tape measure
- 320-grit sandpaper
- Venetian Plaster
- Art Brush
Making the box: measure the pallet wood planks to desired lengths with tape measure and mark length. Our pallet wood planter is 23” long and 5 ¼” tall and will hold 4-4.5” terra cotta pots. Using a saw, cut planks to length (2 sides and bottom). Measure and cut 2 end pieces. Apply glue and tape joints together to hold planks in place while glue dries. Use a wet rag to clean off excess glue. Allow to dry 6 hours.
Remove tape and lightly sand edges as needed. Shake Better with Age and apply liberally on wood with Chip Brush. Lightly wipe off excess of the Better with Age so that it is not dripping.
Allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes to a vintage weathered look.
Using container, mix Venetian Plaster with water to consistency of thick pancake batter. This would be a ratio of 1 part water to 1 part Venetian Plaster. But add a little more of one or the other to get thickness.
Brush Venetian Plaster mixture over the entire exterior of the box, one side at a time.
Using metal putty knife, scrape off excess Venetian Plaster from each side of box. Remove Venetian Plaster build up from putty knife with a rag.
Allow Venetian Plaster to dry for approximately 1 hour. Then lightly sand entire areas where Venetian Plaster was applied.
Apply stencil on the side of box and apply Gilding Size in the stencil with art brush according to directions on label.
After Gilding Size comes to tack (approximately 15 minutes), apply Copper Leaf over Gilding Size.
Lightly pounce the Copper Leaf with Chip Brush to secure it to the Gilding Size. Brush off excess Copper Leaf with same Chip Brush.
Carefully remove stencil.
Now your planter box is ready for your potted plants and, of course, Enjoy the Bragging RightsTM!