Shabby Chic DIY Cinder Block Planter
I love the sweet smell of basil. It’s just so comforting and mood lifting. We enjoy adding basil to our cuisine, especially using it for an appetizer of fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, and oil on sliced baguettes. We’ll use this project to keep our basil happy and our basil scissors handy!
Small Dry Erase Board for Handy Notes
The right side features a magnetic dry erase board so you can date the plant, write its type, or whatever you like, then just erase and start over as needed. This project uses a common 8” x 8” x 16” Standard Cored Concrete Block because it has plenty of space for a good sized basil plant inside one of the holes, which are evenly formed, and has a good smooth look all the way around it, which makes adding the stencil decoration easy.
Stencil Designs to Suit your Home
You could choose to stencil the sides and back, depending on your own tastes and taking into consideration where it will be placed in your home or office where the other sides may show. For instance, you could decrease the size of the lace element for placement on the sides. A different cinder block could be used and, as mentioned in the instructions, a wood foot could be custom cut and adhered to the bottom, along with felt furniture protection pads to protect counters or desktops.
Modify for Art Supplies or Hair Styling Tools
You could skip the plant and use this for art supplies or hair styling tools and with a wood bottom it would be a great place to put unplugged blow dryers and curling irons to cool down (I’m going to have to make another one for the bathroom!). I would suggest adding an inner rim of corks to protect the tools from scratches. Just position the tops of the cords a hair (see what I did there? *wink*) above the top edge of the hole in the cinder block and adhere with some E6000 and let dry thoroughly. Add a double-sided magnet to the shingle to hold bobby pins or the metal clasps of barrettes. Leave notes or inspirational thoughts on the dry erase board or on note paper attached with a cute magnet. Have fun!
Dry erase laminate
Metal shingle (5” x 8”)
Cinder block (Common: 8-in x 8-in x 16-in; Actual: 7.625-in x 7.625-in x 15.625-in) Standard Cored Concrete Block)
Turquoise Spray paint
Self Adhesive Vinyl Film or Pazzles Wall Vinyl or Pazzles Vinyl (any color)
Newspaper or painters paper
Scissors, basil plant, plastic gallon zip freezer bag, metal can or plastic container about 5 inches tall, another can/container or block (see instructions)
Felt furniture protectors
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