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Rustic Planter Box

Step 9 - Finished Rustic Planter Box

Create a rustic planter box for your Christmas porch with Hello I Live Here

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I am sharing a terrific build, our Rustic Planter box that will be part of our theme on the front porch this Christmas.  This rustic planter box is inexpensive to make, and uses minimal tools and materials.  Patience is a virtue with this fun little project, as you may need to make adjustments as you move along, but trust me, it’s all worth it ;-).

Here’s what you will need –

– 4-Strip wood 1 x 1 x 8′

– 8 -1x3x8′ rustic or pinewood

– 8-1x2x8′ rustic or pine wood

– 1-1x4x8′ rustic or pine wood

– 2 boxes (24″) Land survey stakes (cut each point off the stake)

– Miter Saw

– Various size clamps

– Ryobi nail gun with 1 3/8″ and 2″ nails

– Wood Glue

– Eye protection

– Ear protection

Tools You Need for Rustic Planter Box

Now let’s get started!

1.  I made a basic frame for my Rustic Planter Box that was 24″ H x 16″ W x 16″ W.  I formed two squares by cutting the 1″ x 1″ wood into 8- 16″ pieces.  I glued and nailed these pieces into 16″ x 16″ squares with Titebond wood glue and my Ryobi Nail gun using 2″ nails (this ensures the nails go through for strength.)

Step 1 Making Frame

2. Next, I cut 4-24″ pieces of 1″x 1″ wood.  I joined the top and bottom by attaching the four leg sections to create a “box”.  I used wood glue and 1 3/8″ nails to secure the legs.

Step 2 - Continue Frame

3.  Then I cut 6- 1×2’s 16″ long, and attached the 1×2’s to the base of the rustic planter box.  I spaced the 1×2″ 1″ apart, glued into place, and nailed with a 1 3/8″ nail.

Step 3 - Bottom Base of Rustic Planter Box

4.  I cut 4 small blocks about 4″ long and glued and nailed onto the bottom base in the four corners.  This gives the box the feet it needs, and helps drainage.

Step 4 - Base Feet Rustic Planter Box

5.  Standing the planter back up on its base, begin attaching your 1 x 3’s to the longest side of the box, spacing them apart enough to add the outside stake pieces to cover the crack.  Each side will vary due to the size of your box.  I took my time and added the first stake piece to the outside corner, then measured the 1×3 out to the end of the stake.  Once I had the first two pieces set, I continued to go back and forth adding the stake to the outside of the box, and then the 1×3 to the inside of the box until, I finished the front side.

Step 5 - Attaching sides of Rustic Planter Box

6.  Because sides were an 1″ smaller due to the square assembly (top and bottom), I used a combination of  2 – 1×3’s and 2 1×2’s  at 24″ cuts to complete the look of both sides.  Again, I moved around the frame starting with the stake to the outside corner of the frame, and moved to assign, the 1×3 followed by a stake to the outside, and then inserted the 1×2’s going back and forth, until I finished the side with the 1×3 at the other end.

step 6 - Sides of Rustic Planter Box

7.  Giving the Rustic Planter Box a finished look, I used 1×3’s cut with 45-degree angels to the length of the box at each end.  I attached this frame to the top and bottom until I completed the outside trim.

step 7 - Finish Work Rustic Planter Box

8.  Hello I Live Here finished the design with the 1×4’s cut on a 45-degree angle and attached to the top of the rustic planter box.  Then we finished off the box by adding a 1″ finishing strip to set the bottom with a little more rustic flair.

step 8 - Top Rustic Planter Box Trim

9.  Tada!  The finished rustic planter box.

Step 9 - Finished Rustic Planter Box

The project took about 4 hours to complete, and was a pretty easy yet enjoyable to build.  If you have left over scrap wood, do not hesitate to use it and modify the plan using the scraps you have.  We were out of the sizes of s we needed due to our last two projects, the towel rack, and wood frames which were both featured on Bob Vila Nation.

In a couple weeks, we will show you how Hello I Live Here stained the rustic planter box to use as the focal point of our beautiful Christmas porch display.  🙂  Happy building and we will see you next post!

🙂 Linda

Gift Blocks

Gift Block completed

Want to light up someone’s life with Gift Blocks?

Hello I Live Here is taking a break from our wood working today to sharing how to make these beautiful Gift Blocks for Christmas.

Gift Blocks from Hello I Live Here

We all know glass blocks have been used in home improvement projects like shower walls, windows, and various other uses for years.  Now, they are being used to make wonderful gift blocks.  When I first started making gift blocks, I had to drill the hole into the gift blocks myself with a diamond bit and water running over the block – It was a lot of work getting that tiny hole into that thick block, but worth every minute of joy these blocks brought to the receiver of the gift.

Glass gift blocks light up and are presented with beautiful ribbon that make people light up with delight.  I like to tailor the ribbons on my gift blocks to the personality of the receiver through color and pattern.   These wonderful gift blocks can also be used for party invitations, valentine’s day, breast cancer survivors gifts, anniversaries, and birthday gifts to that special someone.  Just add a touch of imagination to these wonderful clear Deco gift Blocks, and it can be beautiful for any special occasion.

The solid glass deco gift blocks features a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with clear plastic cover. The elongated cover also has a smaller, round 1 5/16″ hole with a clear, flexible plug with key hole in the center that will allow you to easily transform your glass gift blocks into a decorative light without cutting or drilling into the glass.

Deco Block

I no longer have to drill the hole because Deco Block has done it for you!  Deco Block has placed a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with a clear plastic cover into the gift block.  It has a smaller round 1 5/16″ clear flexible plug with a key hole you simply place the plug into and bam, your block is ready to decorate.  You can purchase them at Hobby Lobby all season long.  Lowe’s and Home Depot both carry these blocks during the holiday season.  I purchase my ribbon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s (look for after Christmas sales for great savings).  You can find the lights at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann or Big Lots, as they always carry the smaller strings.

Now let’s get started putting your gift block together 🙂

First, gather all the items you need. Then open the gift  block and insert a string of 20 mini lights into the block, and snap the plastic piece with the key hole plug onto the block securing the lights inside.

Things you need to create block   Insert Lights

Next, plug in the lights.  Viewing the block lit while putting on the ribbon helps you figure out where the best place is to set the bow.  I wrap a good amount around the block so I have enough ribbon to complete a package tie, and cut the ends of the ribbon into a V shape.

Wrapping your gift block

Then I start to create the bow.  I fold the ribbon around into an oval shape six times, all going the same direction.  I make my own bows because I love them very full, and you can never find a store bought bow to match your ribbon. Cut two slits, one on each side of the bow at the diagonal and pull wire through the cuts and twist to pinch the bow together. Fold the bow into half and tighten with wire or ribbon to the tied package  gift block. Cut the ends of the ribbon in a V shape.

Creating Bow Step 1

Now, pull out each bow loop until you have a full ribbon.

Pulling Ribbon to form bow

Hot glue beautiful ornaments or piece you love into the center of the bow.  This gives the present that little something, something that makes it stand out. 😉

Hot glue on Pretty things

Now your gift block is complete!

Completed gift block

Wasn’t that simple?  I love making these blocks.  They are always a big hit, and people will light them up year after year and think of the person who gave them the gift block.

Well, that’s our post for today – Hope you enjoy making your gift block!  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Please feel free to Pin, tweet, or share our gift block on Facebook with your friends and family.

Linda 🙂

Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Make a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination for more bathroom storage.

Have you run out of places to hang your flannels, towels and other bath-time accessories?  This Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination will solve your storage problem!  🙂 I made this adorable towel holder from scrap wood left in my wood bin (just like the picture frames I made last week).  Here’s all you need to complete this Towel Holder and Dowel Rack that is sure to give your bathroom a touch of class.

MATERIALS

Crosspieces  (2 pieces @ 11 3/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Slats (6 pieces @ 22 5/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Spacer (1 piece @ 24″ x 1 3/5″ x 1/2″ – MDF or plywood)

Rail Back Board (1 piece @ 23 5/8″ x 5 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Pegs (4 wooden dowels cut 4 3/4″ long and 1″ diameter – we used 5 dowels 1/2″ in size.  Make sure to adjust your spacing if you use smaller dowels)

Brackets (2 pieces @ 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Back Bars (2 pieces @ 13″ x 1 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

TOOLS

– 12 galvanized wood-screws ( 1 3/8″ x 1/8″) – Galvanized screws will not rust.

– Pencil for marking

– Straight edge for aligning

– Square

– Power drill with 1/8 ” straight bit and a 1″ spade bit (Same size as your dowel)

– Power drill/screwdriver

– Mouse Sander with Abrasive paper (start with 80 grit; finish with 120 or 220)

– Wood Glue/wood filler to fill nail holes

– Paint or stain (I used Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint with a high gloss finish)

– Polyurethane varnish (this will not be required if you use the Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint)

Let’s get started on this neat project to build a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack 🙂

1.  Taking your two crosspieces, mark off divisions with the spacer and one of the slats.  Lay one slat atop both crosspieces, flush with the end, and draw a pencil line.  Lay the spacer against the first slate and add the second slat.  Draw a pencil mark line to mark the placement of the second slat.  Continue marking alternate slat and spacer divisions.  Make sure the final slat is flush with the crosspiece end.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

 

2.  Now take your square and make an X inside every other slat area starting from the end.  The X marks the center where you will attach the slats to the crosspieces.

3.  Using a 1/8 ” drill bit and your power drill, drill a hole through each slat.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

4.  Install the two outer slats first with the suggested screws.  Doing this helps hold the piece straight why you install the remaining slats.  Use the MDF spacer to ensure the equal gaps between the slats.  Make sure your ends are flush by feeling with your fingers.  Continue installing the slats to the crosspieces.

Hello I Live Here -Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

5.  Now for the dowels.  Locate the center of the rail back and draw a pencil line lengthwise.  Use equal space to mark the location of each dowel.  (The first dowels should be about 4 1/2″ in from each end. ) Continue spacing the dowels using the same approximate distance from each other.  Drill a hole at each marked point with a 1″ spade bit (the hole size should be the same as the dowels).  Clamp the rail back atop some scrap wood to prevent drill tear out.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

6.  Glue each dowel into the drilled holes and let dry.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

7.  Cut two brackets to size and place one against each rail back bar, flush with the top and aligned against opposite sides.  We used our Ryobi airstrike nail gun and wood glue to set the brackets, nailing the bottom corners and nailing in from the back and top of the boards.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

8.  Next attached the rail back board.  We used Titebond wood glue and our Ryobi nail gun with 1 3/8″ nails to attach as in the photo below.  Make sure your dowels are dry or you could bend them while installing the backboard.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching back board

9.  Next position the shelf on the brackets, with the top of each bracket flush with the inside of the crosspieces.  We again used our Ryobi nailer and wood glue for strength with 1 3/8 ” nails.

Hello I Live Here - Positioning Bracket

10.  Wood fill any open holes, sand, paint, let dry and hang in your bathroom on the wall of your choice.Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Our Towel Holder and Dowel Rack project took us about 3 hours total including paint.  We hope you find this project as fun as we did.  There is no better feeling then using scrap wood for these great storage pieces.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Don’t forget to share our post on your Pinterest, Facebook, and Hometalk boards so others can enjoy the plans.  Happy wood working!!!

Linda 🙂

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