Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week, but better yet I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

I have a fun little multi-purpose project for you today. I’m going to show you how to make this adorable little picket fence planter basket. You can use it as a planter. You can use it as a fun home décor item or you can fill it with glass beads or rocks and use it as a pencil caddy! Don’t you love versatility?


Best of all, the materials are inexpensive. The fence border section was under $5! And you can use leftover paint if you want. Or you can try out Valspar’s new emerald color. I’ve been seeing that color pop up all over the design world. (Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to give that new Valspar paint color a whirl.)


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Optional: Jigsaw, Plate (or round object to trace a curve)


Pry apart the fencing with a flat end pry bar.


Use a saw to cut the pieces of the fence into the sizes shown below. Note that the sections marked with an “x” weren’t used in the final project, they were just scrap.


Line up five of the 6″ pieces next to one another. Put a small dab of glue on back of the 8″ piece. Lay it across the 6″ pieces and secure with brad nails. These will be your front and back picket sections for your planter.


Optional: Use a plate or round bowl to draw a curve on the top of the section you just created. Cut along the curved line with a jigsaw.


Lay out the front and back of the planter as shown below. Use three 3.75″ sections for the two sizes and the remaining 8″ sections for the bottom.


Add a small dab of glue to the tabs at the end of the picket sections.


Set two of the 3.75″ sections on top of the tabs.


Add glue to the tabs on the other picket section and secure it to the other picket section and sides you just glued. Clamp both sides and the front and back together. Add a brad nail at the joints to reinforce the glued tabs.


Add glue to the other 3.75″ sections and position them on the sides of the planter. For more strength, secure them with brad nails, too.


To create the bottom of the planter, put a small dab of glue along the ends of the 8″ sections. Then set them in place on the bottom of the planter.


Secure the bottom with brad nails. And secure the picket section to the bottom with more nails.


Drill holes into the pointed end of the 10.5″ picket sections.


Thread the branch through the holes and secure them inside the planter with glue and brad nails.


Your planter caddy is completely assembled now.


Paint the planter with a fresh Spring-inspired emerald paint. After the paint has dried thoroughly distress the edges with a sanding block.


Plant some pretty flowers inside and give it as a gift…


…or keep it for yourself.


After the flowers have died, you can fill the planter with glass beads and store pens and a pair of scissors inside.


Have you already figured out what to give your Mom for Mother’s Day? If not, this would make such a cute Mother’s Day gift! Or you can find loads of other creative ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas:



Disclosure: As a #LowesCreator, I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase supplies for this post. I was not told what to write. All ideas and words are my own.

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