DIY Balsa Wood Planters

Date
Apr, 01, 2015

If you follow me on Insta you probably saw these cute little succulents I bought a couple weeks ago. And they obviously needed a new home which made for the perfect project – DIY Balsa Wood Planters! By the way, did you know that I got these little minis at CVS? Seriously, they have a great selection of succulents and they’re only a couple bucks!

I got this idea as I was strolling the aisles of Michaels one day stocking up on some craft supplies. I had a lightbulb moment and immediately b-lined it to the balsa wood section. Ya know, cause if I didn’t get there ASAP, someone was going to buy ALL the balsa wood 😉

DIY BALSA WOOD PLANTERS 

DIY Balsa Wood Planters

If you’ve never worked with this stuff, it’s amazing. It pretty much weighs nothing and there is so much you can do with it. Including making these cute little planters!


SUPPLIES:

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Balsa Wood
Craft Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Foil Tape
Soil
Succulents


There are different sizes you can buy, I went with these ones which are 3″ wide.

Balsa Wood DIY

STEP 1

You’ll want to start by cutting these into squares. You’ll need 5 per planter (one for the bottom and one for each side). And you can literally just use your scissors to cut them 🙂

Supplies for Balsa Wood Planter DIY

STEP 2

Once you have your squares, use your hot glue gun to glue all the sides together to form a little box. Make sure you’re gluing on the inside 😉

Balsa Wood Planter

STEP 3

Now it’s time to paint! I just did some simple color blocking, and the great part is that your lines don’t have to be perfect since you’re covering them with the foil tape.

Colorful Balsa Wood Planter

STEP 4

I was really torn between whether I wanted to use the gold or copper foil tape and eventually went with copper. I just couldn’t resist.

Washi Tape on Planter

The tape as a sticky backing, so you just cut the size you need, peel off the back and stick it on! I used some small scissors to trim any excess and make sure everything was even around the edges.

STEP 5

Now it’s time to add your succulents!

Mini Succulents

Since the balsa wood is pretty thin, I wanted to use something to soak up the water so it wouldn’t spread into the sides of the planters.

Seed Starter Pots

I found these at my local hardware store and planted my succulents in these before placing them into the little boxes using this potting soil.

Potting Soil

I added some soil into the bottom of the planters to make sure my succulents were at the right height. Then just place your little guys in there, and fill all the empty space with the rest of the soil.

DIY Balsa Wood Planter

And voila!

Colorful DIY Balsa Wood Planters

I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of succulents. They’re so darn cute and now they have stylish little homes too 🙂

Balsa Wood Planter DIY

Succulent Planters

DIY Succulent Planters with Balsa Wood

I bet you’ll think twice about that balsa wood in the craft stores now huh? There are so many possibilities of fun things you can make with it.

These little succulent planters are so easy and the perfect little spring DIY to add some color to your home decor 🙂

Have you made your own homes for your plants? I’d love to hear what you did! If you’re looking for another fun project, see how I made my DIY Photo Backdrop that I used behind these balsa wood planters!

Have a fabulous day everyone!

DIY Balsa Wood Planters

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124 Comments

  1. Reply

    Cindy Hoffman

    January 25, 2016

    Hi Bre, Creativity is everything and by the look of what you have come up with from using a wooden box here, you are a genius 🙂 From the simple outstanding design to the color blending, this is something that I am going to copy. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us, and keep the creative works coming 🙂

    Cindy

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 27, 2016

      Thank you so much Cindy! I appreciate your kind words 🙂

  2. Reply

    Barber H

    October 15, 2015

    They all look super cool. I really love the combination of wood and paint. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      October 23, 2015

      Thank you!!

  3. Reply

    Kimberly

    September 23, 2015

    LOVE THIS. I am normally not a plant person. But this post makes me want to go out and do this NOW. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Reply

    terre

    September 12, 2015

    so the tape has a…sticky backing?? (isn’t that what makes it…tape?) 🙂

  5. Reply

    Gaby {lifeineight.com}

    April 10, 2015

    Oh my! These are absolutely adorable. They would make super cute little gifts for when having guests around our even wedding favours. Wouldn’t they look amazing on the table? 🙂 I’m now on a mission to find balsa wood here in the UK. I’ll let you know if I get around at making them. Thanks for sharing! (Lovely photos by the way) xx

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      brepurposed

      April 10, 2015

      Well I know I would love to receive one as a favor at a wedding! They would look so great on the tables! Hope you can find some balsa wood and definitely let me know if you make them!

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    Audrey

    April 9, 2015

    I love the copper foil accents! This would be a great project for my Southwestern themed room.

    Saw this on Treasure Box Tuesdays.

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      brepurposed

      April 10, 2015

      Oh it totally would!

  7. Reply

    Ashley

    April 9, 2015

    Hi there! Visiting form the Hit Me With Your Best Shot link party. These are SO cute! I really love the way you decorated them. Now I need gold and copper foil tape!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 10, 2015

      Thank you Ashley! So glad you stopped by!

  8. Reply

    Ann @ The Clumsy Wife

    April 8, 2015

    I saw your feature on the Blissful Bee and you always have THE BEST DIYs. Love this one!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 10, 2015

      Aw you are so sweet! Thank you Ann 🙂

  9. Reply

    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    April 8, 2015

    I absolutely love these, Bre! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark last week. I’m featuring your planters today. Hope you’ll join us again this week 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 8, 2015

      Thank you so much Emily!! Hope you have a great night!

  10. Reply

    Michelle from Weekend Craft

    April 8, 2015

    Bre I am so obsessed with these! Where did you get your gold foil tape? Just had to feature them on creative spark link party. Hope you stop by again today to party with us! We love having you every week. http://weekendcraft.com/journal/creative-spark-link-party-49

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      brepurposed

      April 8, 2015

      Thanks Michelle! I got it from Michaels, it’s in the washi tape section!

  11. Reply

    nikki@carrygrace

    April 6, 2015

    These turned out so pretty! I really like the colors that you used.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thank you Nikki!

  12. Reply

    Amanda

    April 6, 2015

    I absolutely love the way this came out. I miss having the time to do more DIY crafts but this link up is always giving me great ideas of what I can do. Stopping by from the Motivational Link Party!
    Amanda
    http://www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

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      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thank you so much Amanda! I’m so glad you stooped by 🙂

  13. Reply

    Amanda

    April 6, 2015

    these are super cute!! and I LOVE that copper tape!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thanks Amanda! I want to use it on everything!

  14. Reply

    Amanda

    April 6, 2015

    These are great! Very cool idea!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thanks Amanda!!

  15. Reply

    Danielle

    April 6, 2015

    Super cute and simple — love it. The copper tape is adorable!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thank you Danielle!

  16. Reply

    Carmia @ Clementine Creative

    April 6, 2015

    I love the modern look of these planters! Great project!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 7, 2015

      Thank you Carmia!!

  17. Reply

    Jessica

    April 4, 2015

    So cute! I love the colors you used.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 5, 2015

      Thank you Jessica!!

  18. Reply

    Rose who's busy being creative at FineCraftGuild.com

    April 4, 2015

    So cute!!! I am wishing you a wonderful Easter and hope that you’ll have time to come pay us a quick visit at the SHARE IT sunday linky party at FineCraftGuild.com, as the party isn’t the same without you!

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      brepurposed

      April 5, 2015

      Thank you Rose! A very Happy Easter to you too! And thank you for the invite, I just linked up to your party 🙂

  19. Reply

    Erica

    April 2, 2015

    These are so. flipping. cute. Why are succulents so awesome??? I’m seriously addicted. I don’t know if it’s because they are “trendy” or because I finally found a plant I can’t easily kill. Regardless, I love these planters! The wood with paint and pops of metallics is totally up my alley 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      I honestly can’t refrain from buying one if I see them in a store haha. They’re just so cute! Thanks friend 🙂

  20. Reply

    Creative Mama Renee

    April 2, 2015

    These would make great gifts! I love the colors you chose, especially with the copper foil tape!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      They would be perfect gifts! Thanks you so much!

  21. Reply

    Kathy

    April 2, 2015

    These are so cool. I just bought some foil tape to update some of my planters. 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Oooh perfect! Thank you Kathy!

  22. Reply

    Kelly @ Life as We Love It

    April 2, 2015

    How did I not know about this foil tape?! These are beautiful! I am loving everything rose gold/copper – so I’ll have to check this out!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      It’s amazing, you need to get some ASAP! Thanks Kelly!

  23. Reply

    Krista @ the happy housie

    April 2, 2015

    So adorable and modern – I love the copper! What a great little gift idea…

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thank you so much Krista!

  24. Reply

    Eloquence

    April 1, 2015

    These look so adorable! Also, I’m totally jealous that your CVS has succulents.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thank you so much! And that’s a bummer yours doesn’t! Maybe they will soon 🙂

  25. Reply

    Cristin

    April 1, 2015

    I love working with balso wood. Looks awesome!

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      It’s so easy to work with! Thanks Cristin!

  26. Reply

    Amy W

    April 1, 2015

    You are speaking to my heart recently!!

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      So glad, my friend!

  27. Reply

    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    April 1, 2015

    There’s that amazing foil tape again. Adorable balsa wood planters Bre – love them!

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      I can’t get enough of it! Thanks Marie 🙂

  28. Reply

    Rachel

    April 1, 2015

    I love these! I’m planning to do an herb garden this weekend now that spring is here and hopefully I can use an idea like this. I think I could create some type of bench using balsa wood and other materials so that my little planters have something to sit on.

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thank you Rachel! You could definitely make something cool with Balsa Wood for your little garden 🙂

  29. Reply

    Kristi

    April 1, 2015

    SO super cute Bre! LOVE the pops of colour mixed with the wood!

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thanks Kristi!!

  30. Reply

    Keri

    April 1, 2015

    These are cute! I love how easy succulents are to care for too.

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thank you Keri! And they totally are! Although I still seem to end up killing some..haha.

  31. Reply

    Christina @ Operation Home

    April 1, 2015

    I need to get me some of that tape! I’m totally loving the copper with the bold colors and wood grain! Such a winning combo! 🙂

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      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thanks Christina! The tape is amazing. I seriously want to use it on everything!

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    Lindsay Eidahl

    April 1, 2015

    Cute! I need to check out that wood at Michaels. Which aisle is it in???

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 3, 2015

      Thanks girl! At my Michaels is by the wood aisle at the end against the wall. There are tons of different shapes and sizes!

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