Apr
22

DIY Textured Planter + $50 Giveaway

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Happy Earth Day! I'm excited to partner with EcoScraps today to show you guys an easy DIY project, share some eye-opening facts, and give away a $50 Home Depot gift card! First off, the facts. Did you know that in the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced, enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day?! It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20x more harmful than CO2...and the #1 most wasted food is bagged salads. That one really got me, since I am totally guilty of throwing away bagged salads that we intended to eat but forgot about. It happens way too often. So one thing I'm planning to do is to buy bagged salad on the same day that we plan to eat it, and only in the amount that we'll actually finish in that day. That's something small I can change in my life. On a larger scale, EcoScraps has been working hard to reuse food waste and keep it out of landfills. Between 2011 and 2015, they recycled 75 millions lbs of food waste by turning it into organic, all natural garden products. And in 2016 alone, they are planning to match that number with another 75 millions lbs recycled! So if you're doing some gardening this year, definitely look for EcoScraps soil at your local Home Depot.

Potted plants for spring

Since we live in a rental, I've never put a lot of effort into landscaping our tiny garden space. It just didn't seem worth it for something we couldn't take with us when we move. However, I do love plants and was feeling a little left out this spring, with so many of my friends posting photos of their gardens and yards. So I decided to add some potted plants by the front door! It's a small-scale way to add some greenery to our lives, and can easily be taken with us if we end up moving this year. Also...one of these planters was a DIY project! Can you tell which one?

DIY textured planter

If you guessed the square one, you are correct. I liked the shape of it, but wanted to add a little texture to give it some personality (inspired by this planter). In the spirit of Earth Day, I decided to use materials I already had at home. I found a square wooden dowel that was leftover from another project (this table runner), and cut it into 1.5" pieces.

Make a textured planter using pieces of scrap wood

I drew two parallel lines around the center of the planter as guides and carefully glued the wood pieces within the guide lines. Then, I spray painted the whole thing white.

DIY textured planter

Lastly, I transplanted my plant and filled the planter with EcoScraps potting mix.

DIY planter

EcoScraps potting soil

What I like about this project is that it's easy to make your own version. Look around your house and see what you already have that could add some texture to a plain planter. Pieces of wood, wine corks cut in half, etc. There are lots of possibilities! You can do a random pattern or something more orderly, like mine. Whatever you choose to do, have fun with it.

Textured planter pots

Also! EcoScraps is giving away a $50 Home Depot gift card that you can use for whatever gardening and home projects you're working on this spring. Enter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let me know what you think of this project...and I'd also love to hear if there's anything you do to reduce food waste in your life? I'll be honest, it's not something I've given a lot of thought to in the past, and I think Ben and I could definitely make some improvements that would be good for the earth and good for our bank account.

Thanks to EcoScraps for sponsoring this post, and giving me some food for thought this Earth Day! If you'd like to know more about them, be sure to check out this video.

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  1. Posted by caslyn on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    A project I am doing this weekend is a really long gutter garden on our deck. I want to plant strawberries, lavender, spinach, green onions and possibly carrots.

    I'm planting spinach and green onions, that way I can use them fresh because I always buy them and waste a lot of it. So I figured, if I grew them I would be less likely to waste them!

    On another note, I tried to enter the contest above, but it doesn't give me any options to earn entries. It just says 0/0 and the bottom portion only shows '$50 Home Depot Gift Card.
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

      Nice! That sounds amazing.

      Also, sorry about the Rafflecopter issues this morning! Should be fixed now, and leaving a blog post comment is one way to earn entries! So give it another try :)
  2. Posted by Arielle on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    What a great project! I love a container garden. We finally bought a composter earlier this spring and I am NERDING OUT over it. I love that I can put food scraps to use instead of throwing them out. I'm determined to work on my garden and improve my green thumb this spring, and the compost is definitely a motivator.
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

      That's AWESOME! Good for you. After all, it's impossible to cut food scraps down to zero (you'll always have egg shells, apple cores, and banana peels!). I would feel a lot better about it if we had a composter and could put those scraps to good use.

      P.S. If you had trouble entering the giveaway this morning, I think the issue is fixed now!
  3. Posted by Sarah on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Love this! We're planning to build a vegetable garden in our backyard this summer and I love the idea of reducing down to only our homegrown veggies to reduce how much we buy and waste. If we added some potted herbs in some cute planters too, that would be perfect!
  4. Posted by Hannah Peterson on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    So cool Aileen! I always like to have a few plants inside and have been wanting to redo some of them. Making a planter is a fun DIY idea.
  5. Posted by Corissa on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Such a great idea. I have a few pots that could use a little sprucing up.
  6. Posted by Karen on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Fun and easy project! Thanks for giving me something to think about!
  7. Posted by Janay on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Great learning about eco scraps!
  8. Posted by steph on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Love this idea! So simple and pretty :)
  9. Posted by Kayley on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    I'm hoping to move to a bigger place soon and this gift card would be great for making it feel like home :)
  10. Posted by Erin E. on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    This is so cool! Thank you so much for this opportunity!
  11. Posted by Samantha S on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Those planters are super cute. I don't think I've ever seen any like them before. They seem like making/painting would make a really fun project to do this spring. I have a few tomato plants and they would look really nice in them I think. I was just wondering what you did for drainage?
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

      Thanks, Samantha! I just added the wood blocks to a plain planter that already had a drainage hole. Easy peasy!
  12. Posted by Colleen Boudreau on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Thank you! :)
  13. Posted by Hannah H on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Love the planter DIY - super inspiring! Also, my husband and I are in the guilty camp on bagged salads. I've started buying the spinach from the fresh section. It's ways cheaper and we use it up right away. Something about it being in a bag makes me let it sit.
  14. Posted by Rosie on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    I love cruising the aisles at Home Depot, and they have nice plants! How nice these planters came out!
  15. Posted by Elle on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Thanks for the chance! I have been at Home Depot a lot recently getting the lawn and garden ready.
  16. Posted by Julie on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Just came back from Home Depot! Got a ton of hardware!
  17. Posted by sher on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    such a cute planter idea!
  18. Posted by Sonn on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    We compost food scraps, vegetable peelings, etc to use in gardening
  19. Posted by Steve on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    For landscaping, we're adding native plants to the yard. Amazing how just a small patch of habitat attracts native wildlife. Your planter project would be great for adding some more pots of milkweed for monarch butterflies around the place.
  20. Posted by prasert on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    love going to home depot
  21. Posted by BarbaraMae on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    Planning the DIY projects for my wedding and the Home Depot gift card would be so helpful for supplies!
  22. Posted by Rebecca B on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

    I've been interested in starting an herb garden and this would be perfect!
  23. Posted by Susan M on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

    Cute planter!
  24. Posted by Samantha on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

    Love how the planter turned out....I'd love to do something similar for my window herbs. This is totally doable. Thank you.
  25. Posted by Melanie on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

    This is great! I am lucky enough to live on a farm so my food waste is very misleading minimal- we compost most, and the chickens and cows are always excited for any leftovers.

    I also have an amazing vegetable garden and keep my herbs in containers- love the look of the three you have!
  26. Posted by linda on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

    home depot always has such a great variety of products
  27. Posted by Kelly D on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

    We are working a lot around the house this spring, so this would be great!
  28. Posted by Cathleen on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

    Love this idea!
  29. Posted by Ashley C on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

    I love the planter, what a neat idea!


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  30. Posted by christina purvis on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

    Love the planters. I have a few I would love to dyi. Thanks for the idea!
  31. Posted by Haley W on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

    Love this idea!
  32. Posted by HS kraftmaking on Monday, April 25th, 2016

    I love this project idea. We're going to work on our garden this Spring.
  33. Posted by Kim Winnubst on Monday, April 25th, 2016

    Planters are always so unnecessarily expensive--I love the idea of "shopping" my own home!
  34. Posted by Brittany Koelmel on Monday, April 25th, 2016

    I love this project! I want to give it a try. As for reducing food waste, we actually compost! I work at a composting company that offers residential weekly pickups, maybe you should check for one in your area!!!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, April 25th, 2016

      I never knew that composting services existed! That's awesome, I will look into it.
  35. Posted by Julie on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    I always go to Home Depot for all of my home projects
  36. Posted by Brenda Haines on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    What a great idea to make a plan pot, amazing!
  37. Posted by Tracie Cooper on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    My hubby loves Home Depot for all his home projects!
  38. Posted by donna on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

    I have a huge shopping list of items that I want and need to get at home depot.
  39. Posted by Realia M on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    i love those planters!
  40. Posted by LaTanya on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    Beautiful planters!
  41. Posted by Vera K on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    Cooking homemade mac&cheese. Didn't have enough milk so used unflavored almond milk. Wish me luck....
  42. Posted by ann on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    my mom and i love going to home depot
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