Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Revisiting Former Thrift Store Finds

So, back in September I was driving through the tiny town of Madras, Oregon, when I stumbled upon the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. There were so many treasures to be found, and I left with a car chock full of goodies, including a 5' rustic wooden beam (for only $2.00). 


I knew I could do something with it, I just wasn't sure what. Inspiration struck. Instead of using a plain everyday ol’ pot for your greenery, why not transform the salvaged wood beam into a planter?  Using a very large drill bit, that makes holes big enough to plant in, you can instantly create an original planter box that can be easily moved from one spot to another, inside or out. 

Evergreens add a nice touch of color on gloomy winter days, but most mature trees or shrubs cannot be moved during the cold weather, so I chose miniature lemon cedar trees. They smell amazing and their bright shade of green brings a burst of nature’s sunshine to any dreary location. The best part? You can repot it with tulips, hydrangea or daffodils in the spring and summer months. Use it as a table centerpiece, a mantle piece or to line a walkway. The possibilities really are endless.



Supplies
  • An old wood beam.  The one I used was 5½” by 5’.  You can find one at your local salvage yard
  • 4” drill hole bit
  • Electric Drill
  • Hammer
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Five miniature lemon cedar trees


How To


  1. Drill five holes into the wood beam.  You can randomly place the holes apart or measure them equally apart.
  2. With hammer and a flat-head screwdriver, chisel out the wood inside the hole you’ve created.
  3.  Plant the lemon cedar trees in the holes



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