Want a little St. Patrick’s Day fun that won’t be thrown away after the holiday? Join me today as we make a gilded DIY planter box chock full of REAL LIFE clover! Let’s start with the planter though, shall we?
- Gold Washi Tape
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Duck Tape
- Unfinished Wood Planter Box
- Decoupage Medium
- Walnut Stain
- Plastic Wrap
- Soil & Clover (green or purple)
Start with your gold leafing. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the planter and place the gold leaf sheets. THIS TUTORIAL gives more detail on gold leafing. Once they have completely dried, it is time to make your gold tape “plaid.” Duck Tape goes on after the gold leafing and washi tape finishes off the plaid.
Once the gold leaf is dry, before OR after you add the other tapes, you can begin the staining process. I used a deep walnut stain on my DIY planter box to complement the shiny St. Paddy’s day GOLD! For a fun look, you can leave a little bit of decoupage glue on the foam brush, dip into the walnut stain and apply. See the difference below:
Now that we are finished with the fun decorating, it is time to get serious. We will be planting actual plants in this DIY planter box, so we need to seal it just a bit. My tool of choice is just a little plastic wrap in the bottom/sides of the planter, but you could also use a plastic planter insert. It basically just stops the wooden planter from rotting from the damp soil. If you are going to use your planter outdoors, you could certainly drill a couple drainage holes in the bottom, forgo the plastic and use the DIY planter box for a single season.
Time for clover! The clover roots are weird looking wormy things. 🙂 When purchasing, you want to look for “oxalis” and I would caution beginner gardeners to grow these from roots, NOT seed as they can be a difficult plant to grow from a seed. Many of the online sales of “REAL Irish clover seeds” are scams.