To make this, here’s what I used:
- Table Saw: Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw with Steel Rip Fence, Miter Gauge, and 7 Accessories – RK7323
- Some leftover 3/4-in Birch Plywood we got from Lowes.
- Linen Chalk Paint – Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint 30 oz, Linen White
- Blue/Green Chalk Paint – FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Furniture & Craft Paint in Assorted Colors (2 oz), 36307 Cascade
- Mercury Glass Candle Holders – these are similar in size to what I have (I got mine from Hobby Lobby a while back). V-More Silver Large Mercury Glass Candle Holder Votive Candle Holder Tealight Holder 4.5-inch Tall for Home Decor Wedding Party Celebration (Set of 3)
- Artificial Flowers – you might like something like this: Luyue 7 Branch 21 Heads Artificial Silk Fake Flowers Leaf Rose Wedding Floral Decor Bouquet,Pack of 2 (Pink coffee)
- Nail gun & brad nails – Ryobi P320 Airstrike 18 Volt One+ Lithium Ion Cordless Brad Nailer (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)
Now, this was a custom build to accommodate my mercury glass candle holders so this might not be the size you want to make but, I’ve included the dimensions below. Here’s my cut list: A – 1 @ 15.5″ x 6.25″ (bottom inside) B – 2 @ 7″ x 5″ C – 2 @ 15.5″ x 5″ Letters are for reference in diagrams below when assembling. If you are cutting the boards yourself, be sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use and safety requirements for the tools you are using. Once I cut the pieces, I sanded the edges down a little – the plywood I used already had a smooth surface.
I used a nail gun to attach the boards to each other (see the diagrams below): First, I attached the 2 smaller sides (B) to the bottom inside board (A). Next, I attached the longer sides (C) to the bottom inside board (A). Lastly, I use the nail gun to add a few more supporting nails to the sides (B and C) to hold them together (see diagram below): When using a nail gun, be sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use and safety requirements for the nail gun you are using. Once I had it assembled, I painted the outside with the Linen white chalk paint. I left the inside the natural wood color. If you have any questions, post them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them. Just so you can see how easily you can change the look, here’s a picture of the planter on our table at Christmas time.