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Easy and Cheap Rustic Planter

Easy and Cheap Rustic Planter

This is an easy, simple DIY that anyone can do – add some farmhouse charm with this rustic planter. And no green thumb necessary. Just fill it with faux greenery or flowers and you don’t even have to water it! I happened to find a basic wooden planter box at the Target Dollar Spot recently (that dang spot gets me every time!). So I gave it a tiny makeover using basic craft store supplies I had on hand.

I don’t have the time or money to make elaborate centerpieces or decorations. But I had a few stems of faux white roses from the Dollar Tree that were collecting dust in a closet. This little rustic planter is perfect for them.

DIY Farmhouse Rustic Planter - Farmhouse decor for cheap!
DIY Rustic Planter - Add some farmhouse charm to your house with this easy DIY!
DIY Rustic Planter - Farmhouse Decor for Cheap

Easy DIY Rustic Planter - Farmhouse style for cheap!

Make Your Own Rustic Planter

You can check out Target, craft stores, vintage stores or anywhere else you can find a small wooden box. This particular one had a liner and is intended to be used as a planter.

Supplies Needed

This DIY took me about 30 minutes from start to finish and that even included drying time. Super easy and super cheap because the only thing I actually purchased is the box – the rest of it was in my crafting stash.


  • Use a lint free cloth and coat your box with Restor-a-Finish. This stuff is like magic in a bottle. I’ve been using the same bottle for about 2 years now and I love it. It gives a light coat of stain and dries super quick.
  • Next, dry brush some white craft paint using a foam brush. Dry brushing is a no fail technique. Get a tiny amount of paint on the brush and use light random strokes. And no worries if you get too much, just sand it off. I got too much at first and just went over the whole box with a sanding block. Easy peasy.
  • Once it dries, you’re done. I told you. Easy and cheap rustic planter in less than half an hour.
  • Fill it with whatever you want. I had some faux greenery and white roses. I used some wire cutters to trim them down to size. Initially, I actually put real soil in mine because I was initially going to use real plants. But then I found my stash of white roses.Rustic Planter
  • I tied an a vintage brass cow tag around mine using twine to give it a bit more farmhouse charm. Or you could stencil a word or random numbers.Rustic planter with basic craft store and dollar store supplies

Super easy rustic planter that’s a perfect little farmhouse centerpiece. Right now this one is sitting on a vintage mantel that we added to our office and it’s simple and pretty. And it cost me a whopping $3 for the box since everything else was already in my stash. Even if you had to buy it all, you could potentially get out for around $20 depending on what box you get. Which is still less than lots of the store-bought ones I see.

But, if you’re just not into DIY, here’s some beautiful similar choices. (click any pic for details)








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