It’s my favourite time of the month! Home Depot gift challenge time!
If this is your first time hearing about this, each month we choose one item from Home Depot (not affiliated with the projects!), and one gift recipient. Then we get creative! This month the classic 2 x 4 wood was chosen and we were invited to make a project for a new home owner. You will be amazed by the projects that this talented group of bloggers came up with! Since I give plants to almost every new home owner I ever come across, I decided to stay with the plant theme and make these Hexagon Wall Planters :)
Here’s what you need for this project:
A 2 x 4 (about 2 feet per box)
1/4″ thick plywood for front
Glass jar (mine are from the dollar store)
Plants (real or fake)
Scroll saw or jigsaw
Backing to hang the planter box
To start, here are the glass jars I bought from the dollar store. I had to plan my hexagon so that this would fit inside, so I planned a hexagon that was 3.5″ on each side.
Next, using the table saw, my handy husband sawed the 2×4 in half, width wise. He ran them through the planer to clean them up (you could just sand them too), and he cut 6 3.5″ pieces for each box.
Next (not pictured), we cut an angle into the sides of each 3.5″ piece. Set your saw to 30 degrees, and cut each side of the wood so that the angles both go inwards (see photos below). The outside (long side) of each piece should remain 3.5″ long.
Next, you need to cut a hole into one of those sides that is large enough for your jar to slide through (mine was 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″). I found the center of the blocks, and made a square around the center point. Then I drilled into the block, so that I could get into the hole easily with the scroll saw (or jig saw), I used the saw to cut the square out – leaving the perfect opening for my jars :)
Here’s what the hexagon looks like all layed out, with the hole cut out for the planter jar.
Next, you want to cut your plywood piece so that it fits on top perfectly. My husband inlayed our front piece (because he’s crazy talented like that), but if I was doing this on my own, I would’ve traced the box, and nailed a piece directly to the front of the hexagon.
Next, put wood glue between each joint, then temporary use nails to hold the wood pieces in place until the glue dries. I used 1″ brad nails.
Since the jar can’t float in mid-air, we cut a box out from our 2×4 to fit just underneath the jar. Then we cut a piece of wood to back the planter box so that we would have something to attach our wall hanger. This piece is made to fit your box (ours was 3/8″ thick x 2 3/4″ wide).
Next, putty EVERYTHING. you don’t want any empty spaces. When the putty dries, sand everything down so that you like the finish. Then stain your boxes with your colour of choice :) These can sit up on the counter, but if you want them to hang on the wall, you have to add the hanging hardward last.
This project went SO quickly from start to finish. A couple of evenings in the garage and 3 boxes were done! I love, love, LOVE how they turned out!
Here are my hexagon wall planters, hanging in my home :)
I hope you liked my 2×4 project!! For more great wooden “welcome-to-your-new-home” gifts, Click on the photos of the amazing projects below!
If you missed last month’s challenge, we were using Peg Board to make projects for the home, and I made this DIY Desk Organizer!