DIY Moss Planter Box

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Late afternoon is my favorite time of day. I am finally awake, the kids are done with their schooling, and I am able to sit and contemplate the day’s activities with a hot cup of tea.

Most of the time.

Somedays things just don’t work out according to my schedule. I also find that I do most of my projects in the late afternoon and take pictures of them before the sun moves away from my kitchen window and it gets too dark.

I also begin to cook dinner around this same hour. This is not usually a problem but some times all these things collide and I find myself a bit hurried.

Stressed is probably more like it. I bet you didn’t know that being a blogger was stressful.

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Part of my blogger stress has to do with creating projects. Once I get going, the creative mode sets in and things really begin to happen. But, sometimes it’s a slow process. I found this CD crate in the trash last fall (I think you can buy them at your local craft store such as Micheal’s. I had no idea what to do with it. It’s been sitting on my back porch in the snow for several months.

I also had this roll of beautiful moss covered bark (maybe it’s paper, but it looks like bark). I got it on sale at Hobby Lobby with the 40 percent off coupon.

Yesterday afternoon, I decided these two items would be a perfect match.

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I began by cutting two lengths of the moss bark to fit the side of the crate. Using a bit of hot glue and some little picture nails, I fitted the bark along the sides of the crate pressing it into the hot glue. You may need a pair of extra hands for this process, as the glue dries very quickly.

I began with the bottom edge, and worked my way to the top. My bark wasn’t quite wide enough to reach the top edge, so I added another row of bark, layering the two in the middle.

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I used some bulldog clips and potato chip bag clips along the top edge to hold them together while the glue dried. It only took about 10 minutes.

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While it was drying, I rounded up an old leather belt to make a handle for the box. I cut off the buckle and shaped the end to resemble the other side.

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I fit the belt to the side of the box, and screwed it in place with a couple short screws. I did have to add a piece of wood to one side where there wasn’t anything to attach the screws to hold it in place.

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Then it was just a matter of filling the box.

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I filled the very bottom with floral moss from the Dollar Store. Well, most of it is filled. I ran out of moss about half way through the box. I under estimated how big the box is. I will need to buy more moss the next trip to the Dollar Store.

Then I added candles, mason jars full of flowers and a few decorative nests with eggs.

I know, it’s a wee bit early for Easter eggs, but I couldn’t help myself. I was under the gun to take pictures before the sun went down and my Chinese food burned on the stove. It was all I could think of under pressure.

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Our hens lay the most beautiful brown eggs. Yesterday we got only one, and I had to add it to the display. It is so perfect in it’s simplicity.

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I pulled out my butterfly napkin rings that I made last year, they seemed like perfect egg holders. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was obsessed with butterflies.

As it gets closer to Easter I will swap out the jars of flowers for fresh tulips or daffodils. I may even add a few chocolate bunnies and some jelly beans.

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I just made my deadline. The Chinese rice was just beginning to burn, the sun was just leaving my window, and I was finished.

Whew!

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