Here’s a fun little project that will brighten up your front door for Spring. I’m going to show you how to make a welcome sign wall planter to hange outside your front door. It’s my favorite kind of project: easy and doesn’t cost much to make!
For this project I used a 11×18 inch pine board (you can have a longer board cut for free at Lowe’s and Home Depot), a metal planter from the Dollar Tree, artificial flowers, and a Welcome printout for tracing.
- 12″ x 18″ inch wood board
- Metal Dollar Tree Planter
- Artificial Flowers
- Welcome Printout
Paint the Board
I used a mixture of dark and light gray acrylic craft paint and did a quick sweep over my board; using the different shades gives your board some depth.
A combination of brown tones would look great too!
While the paint is drying I printed out the welcome template I will use to add the lettering to the sign.
I made a template that you can use for your sign. Just save the picture and print it out.
Here’s my super easy trick for making signs. Once you have printed out the “Welcome” turn the paper over and rub white chalk over everywhere that you can see lettering.
Since this is going on a dark board I’m using white chalk…if you need to get lettering onto a light background then use black chalk on the reverse side.
Place your template onto your board. Using a ball point pen trace over the letters.
This is the neat part, when you remove the paper the “welcome” will be written in chalk on your board.
Using white acrylic paint and a small paint brush go over the chalk letters. Don’t worry if there is chalk dust on the board, you can wipe it off after the paint has dried. You could use a paint pen for this as well.
I did a light coat of white paint on the metal container, using a paper towel I lightly wiped off the paint on the lettering to make it pop. Leaving it metal would look great too, but I just did my Tulip Bulb Planter with one of these $1 containers and to try something different.
*If you wanted to put real flowers in your planter this is where you would want to drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. I think it would look so pretty filled with pansies.*
Now it’s time to attach the container to the board. I used a generous amount of hot glue and held it in place while the glue cooled to make a strong bond.
*If you plan on using live flowers I would screw the planter onto the board because of the added weight of the soil*
I added a piece of nautical rope across the top of the container to add a little detail. I always stock up on the rope at the Dollar Tree; they have a great craft section!
Using a staple gun I attached a small piece of nautical rope on the back to make a hanger.
Now the fun part, fill with your favorite artificial flowers. I found mine at Michael’s and they were 50% off so the big bunch I got was $10 and they are so beautiful.
Hung up and ready to welcome my friends!