Wednesday, September 9, 2020

WELCOME PLANTER AND MORE FALL

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I know it's already Wednesday, but I'm just getting around to posting this. This week has already been crazy! We spent the weekend at our homeschool co-op family camp. The kids had a blast catching up with all of their friends, getting filthy dirty, riding bikes, playing games, water slide, archery, rock climbing, archery tag, and did I mention getting FILTHY dirty?! It was a great ending to kind of a boring summer for my kids. We also started our homeschool year! I'm super excited to get back into a routine and dive into our new lessons for the year. 

*I also announced the winner of the decorative lantern on my facebook page. Head over there if you want to check it out!



Things have been kind of hectic around here, but I finally finished this fun project that I started a month ago! 

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I really wanted to build a cute little welcome sign for a front porch, but I wanted to make it cuter by adding a little planter box at the bottom! If I had made it for myself, I would have omitted the planter box. However, I trust that others have a better chance at keeping a plant alive than I do! I seriously have the worst black thumb!

The best part of this project: it can all be done with just ONE board! Super easy and cheap project that will really brighten up your front porch. Or it is available to purchase on our store!

Alright, lets dive in folks.

Materials

1X10X6ft common board

Pocket hole screws

Paint/Paint pens for lettering




Start by first sanding your board. Our last sander finally gave up the ghost and we bought a new one. I can't believe how much nicer this thing is! It glides so smoothly over the surface, doesn't jerk my arm around and is so much more powerful! It doesn't take much to make me happy. 


After you're done sanding, it's time to make your cuts.

(1) 35 and 1/2 inches (back board)

(1) 10 inches (bottom)

(1) 7 inches (front)

(2) 6 inches (sides)



Some of my cuts were crooked, so I had to use these board straighteners and run it through our table saw to get them straight. 

Now it's time to assemble!


Drill all your pocket holes. 3 on the bottom of the backboard. On the two side pieces, I did 3 pocket holes on two sides of them to drill into the backboard and into the bottom board. 













I couldn't get my drill into the box to screw in the front piece, so I simply used wood glue and clamped it.

After the glue was dry, I did a coat of early american stain.



I used my silhouette machine to make my stencil. I love this thing! It definitely has a learning curve, but it's fun!



The reason this project took me forever was because I had the idea to make fun little seasonal cut outs for the letter "O." We had just ordered a CNC machine, so we had to wait for it to get here. Then my husband had to practice with it first. There were several trial and error pieces that went into the trash. But my husband has prevailed and he is now seriously addicted to this machine. Be prepared for TONS of CNC projects to be listed for sale on our store soon! :) 

I, however, changed my mind about the seasonal cut outs. I was not 100 % pleased with the results after I painted them. So I decided to just finish the sign without them. I'll try again on a future planter! :)




Here it is all done! I'm sure it will look so pretty with a bunch of flowers in it! Head over to my shop page if you want to purchase it! I just need to put a top coat over it to make sure it is protected against the weather. 




I finally finished my fall sign that I've been working on! I think I'm in love!




It makes me happy every time I see it! Now I just need to actually hang it!




My fall pillow covers came in the mail too! I have this adorable one and a couple on each side of my couch with a nice fall throw. So cozy! My couch is all decked out for fall!




I also snapped a quick picture of our upstairs shiplap sign all decked out in the leaves the kids colored. You can see more of my fall decor here if you missed it!

I believe that's all for now. I can hear my kids waking up, so I need to get ready for the day. No matter what your kids school looks like this year, I hope it's a great one!

Monique


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