DIY Vertical Planters (Workshop on April 11th!)

Note: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

So, we finished the DIY planters and we added rock to our back patio! I had big plans of painting the planter all kinds of funky, and I did. And then I hated it. I’ll show you pictures, but first check out the final project. This is what I’ll be teaching y’all how to build at The Home Depot in South Austin at 1200 Home Depot Blvd on April 11th at 10am! This DIY Workshop is being held throughout the country at most Home Depot store locations.  Click here and enter your zip code to find a workshop location near you.

DIY planters


I thought I wanted a little color in the backyard, so I painted some color block action on the front of each of my planter boxes. I painted all 6 of the planters with varying yellow (left over from this project), turquoise, and white stripes. This is the only picture I took before deciding to do a last minute switch-a- roo. We installed the first 3 boxes and I just wasn’t loving it. It looked too… kiddy? Messy? I don’t know. Something wasn’t right. So, for the top 3 boxes we just turned them around and faced the painted sides towards the fence. We ended up un screwing the 8 board that I painted on the bottom 3 planters, turning them over, and screwing them back in. Which is why you see the black stamp on the 3 of the boards on the bottom planters. Welcome to wonderful world of DIY! I definitely wasted some time and paint painting the planters, but in the end I’m so happy we didn’t leave them like that. I want to the plants to be the stars, not my paint job.

DIY garden planters


Ready to build your own? Here are the materials you will need to build my customized version of the DIY planter:

  • Three 8-foot 2×10
  • Five 8-foot 2x4s
  • Sixteen 8-foot 1x4s
  • 1 roll of wire mesh with half-inch gap
  • 1 roll of weed barrier
  • 1 box of 3-inch exterior deck screws
  • 1 box of one-and-a-half-inch screws

The project is 5 simple (but just being honest here, time consuming) steps.

1. Prep and cut

2. Assembly

3. Add Mesh and plastic

4. Attach the fence

5. Fill the planter!

For Step 1, you’ll need to make these cuts:

  • Eight 11-inch 2×10 pieces (These are the end pieces of each of the smaller planter boxes)
  • Seven 15-inch 2×10 pieces (These are the end pieces of the large planters and braces for assembly of the planter)
  • Forty 30- inch 1×4 pieces (These are the sides of each planter)
  • Twelve 27-inch 2×4 pieces (These are the bottom boards of each planter)

Tip: Using a saw with a built in laser makes cutting wood so much easier!

DIY planters

For step 2, you will assemble each of the 6 planter boxes. For the smaller planters, attach two 27-inch 2×4 pieces to two 11-inch 2×10 pieces. This is the hardest part of the assembly process for me! It’s an awkward angle and you need to make sure that everything is square. We don’t have a fancy workspace, and found that using the ground was the easiest way to ensure that things were staying square.

DIY planters

Then, pre drill all 6 holes and attach three 30-inch 1×4 pieces to each side of your planter frame.

DIY planters

Then add screws to your pre drilled holes.

DIY planters

Step 3 is to add wire mesh and weed barrier, this is pretty easy. Use wire cutters to cut the wire mesh, and attach it to the bottom of all 6 of your platers. Then you can use scissors to cut the weed barrier and cover the inside on each of your 6 planters. Attach with a staple gun.

Moving on to step 4: Attach to the fence. High five, friend! You’ve got all 6 of your planters assembled and prepped! Here are some tips for attaching the planter to your fence.

  • Make sure your first 2 boxes are level.
  • Attach the planter to the fence so that it can not fall over, especially if you have little ones!

Step 5 is the most fun… fill ‘em up with pretty stuff!

I’m excited to show y’all the before and after. Ready?! Here’s the patio upon moving in…

DIY planters


Then Andy ripped out one row of bushes and we painted the free patio furniture. Woah!

How to spray paint patio furniture

And then we built a DIY planter and extended the patio with rock! We still need to get another load of rocks to fill the last bit of dirt you see in the picture above, but it’s about 85% done. Oh and that big metal stick you see in the middle of the picture? That’s a sprinkle. It was that tall because of the bushes that used to be there. We need to cap off that sprinkle since we don’t need to water our rocks or cement.

DIY planters

What do you think?

DIY garden planters

I can’t wait for my plants to fill in! Want a DIY planter in your backyard? Click here and enter your zip code to find a Home Depot workshop location near you. I will be at The Home Depot in South Austin at 1200 Home Depot Blvd on April 11th at 10am teaching you how to build the planter you see in the picture below. The beauty of Doing It Yourself is that you can customize projects to fit your exact needs!

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter

I made a little mention of this yesterday on Instagram… I’ve got some super fun news to share (and nope, I’m not pregnant)! But, I am partnering with The Home Depot to host 4 DIY workshops this year! True! Little ol’ me will be teaching peeps how to build things at The Home Depot! First up, is this super awesome vertical planter to spruce up your yard!

For the first workshop, I’ll be at The Home Depot in South Austin at 1200 Home Depot Blvd on April 11th. Come build with me, I would love to meet you! This was my store back when we lived in our condo, so I’m pretty excited to host my first workshop there. Y’all know I love me some Home Depot, we have one within walking distance to our house and the manager at our store even has a son who is just a few days older than Maxwell. We go to buy project supplies and talk babies. That’s normal, right?!  I’ve partnered with The Home Depot on numerous projects including our bathroom remodel, laundry room makeover, and Celebration of Service events in Austin and Houston.

I’m going to show y’all how to bring a little life to your backyard with this bad boy! Oh and the planter was designed by the ever awesome Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern.

The Home Depot DIY Workshop: Vertical Planter


The planter I’m building for our backyard is going to be a little different than the one in the picture, but that’s what I love about building things yourself, you can make to fit your needs perfectly! Only need 5 planters? Easy! Want to make it longer? Taller? No big deal! Paint it? Stain it? You can do whatever the heck you want! My planter is currently in the works, but we (Andy!) did do some major bush ripping out last weekend to make room for it. Here is the backyard when we moved in:

remove bushes
Here it is after Andy ripped out the first row of bushes:
How to spray paint patio furniture

And here’s where the vertical planter will live. It’s crazy how much more space it give us! The plan is to install the vertical planter right where you see the 2 plastic baseballs, and then fill that area with play ground rocks. Maybe? Definitely fill it with something other than dirt and weeds, ha! Suggestions of fill material are welcome!

Vertical planter Before


So, here are the workshop deets:

  • In-store workshops offer demonstrations with clear, step-by-step instructions for making easy home improvements to your home and yard. The workshop can give you the confidence boost you need to become an awesome DIY-er!
  • During this workshop, you can learn the skills that you need to create the fun vertical planter, including how to safely and properly operate power tools, as well as how to calculate measurements, and follow a design plan. Y’all, sawing stuff is fun. Just sayin’.
  • DIY Workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout each month.
  • I will be in-store co-hosting this workshop on April 11, so please let us know you’ll be attending and REGISTER HERE!

Get out the ol’ calendar, tell all of your friends, and mark down April 11th for a DIY workshop at The Home Depot!

Where: Home Depot Store #6570

200 Home Depot Blvd, Sunset Valley, TX

When: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Cost: FREE!

High five to building things and meeting YOU in person!


DIY Stick Figure Costume

Yep, today’s post is about DIY stick figure costumes from Halloween 2014! Better late than never, right?  You can pin it now, and thank me later! So, the stick people idea has been lingering in my head since 2012 when I bought the black one piece spandex things for Andy and I. I attempted to stitch the glow sticks to the outfit a few hours before we were supposed to leave and well, that was an epic craft fail. Not to worry, we whipped up a 70 year old and a 70’s girl costume in 5 minutes flat and Halloween-ed it up!

I was prego for Halloween 2013 and wasn’t feeling the spandex suit, ha! (We went as Bob Ross, Happy Tree, and a squirrel) So, Halloween 2014 I was bound and determined to figure out these stick figure costumes! It worked, but there were issues. Here’s what you need:

  • Black pants and shirt (or full body spandex if you’re feeling wild and crazy.)
  • A minimum of 14 necklace size glow sticks per adult costume (I’d buy a few extra packs just to be safe, a few of our packs had bad sticks that didn’t glow.)
  • Clear packing tape

DIY Stick Figure Costume


In theory, it’s really easy… Just layout your black attire and use your clear packing tape to tape on the glow sticks in a stick figure shape. Now step into your masterpiece and tape on your stick head. I literally just taped it to my forehead and chest. So, in the dark, your stick figure is awesome. See below. But, in the light, you look like a hot mess. This costume is perfect if you’re a kid and running from house to house in the dark or an adult attending a Halloween party where you are 100% sure it will be very dark. A few other things to consider:

  • Bring extra packing tape, your limbs will start falling off
  • You make a crinkle tape sound with every step you take
  • Bring extra glow sticks because some of them just don’t last very long


DIY Glow in the dark Stick People

Here is a close up of how much tape I used on my chest:

DIY Stick figure costume

And to see the DIY glow in the dark stick person in all of its glory, watch and listen to the crazy crinkle sounds you make:

In the end, I decided to ditch the glow in the dark stick figure costume and put on my can of coke costume from the night before! I love the idea, but it is not the most practical costume I’ve ever made! In conclusion, this is an awesome last minute costume idea for a kid who is going to run from house ot house in the dark and is not self conscious about spandex!

And if you want more Halloween costume awesomeness, check out these posts: