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Yesterday the weather was so good we spent the entire day playing outside for the first time in SO long. It was the best. It’s amazing how much more my kids like me and each other when they can breathe in lots of fresh air. I often wonder how we ever survive those long winters cooped up inside (Chocolate. The answer is lots of chocolate.).
Springtime brings so much happiness, from warmer days to greener grass, and shaking off the winter cabin fever is such a relief. So, to celebrate this exciting change of the seasons, we are sharing the funnest project today: DIY Stitched Planters! These cuties are so bright and colorful, and are perfect for planting your favorite spring plants. Plus, we are teaming up with Xyzal® Allergy 24HR (available at CVS), the perfect springtime partner for 24-hour relief of sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.
Unfinished wood box/planter
Paint + brush
- Draw out your pattern. I did this by drawing a grid of 1/2 inch boxes across the surface of the box. Then, I drew dots on the places I wanted to drill, creating a chevron pattern.
2. Drill holes in the places you marked, as well as a few holes in the bottom of the box for drainage if you plan to plant real plants.
3. Sand box until completely smooth.
4. Apply two coats of paint. Let dry completely.
5. Begin stitching your pattern! I used several colors of floss and alternated often. Once you have finished with a color, tie off the string in a tight knot inside the planter and cut away any access floss.
Next, it’s time to plant! As excited as I get about springtime and getting outside to plant my garden and play with my kids, I’m ALWAYS stressed about how badly I’m going to get hit by allergies. All the sneezing! I can’t stand it. However, I am so excited about Xyzal, a newly available over the counter antihistamine product providing continuous all night, all day allergy relief! This stuff doesn’t quit and not only does it improve my allergy symptoms, it gives me such a feeling of relief. I mean, I JUST want to plant my flowers without having to rub my eyes every 10 seconds and Xyzal helps me do that by giving me prescription-strength relief in 60 minutes (and it’s available in the 10-count box at CVS!).
Now let’s get to planting these cuties!
6. Since you drilled holes into the sides of these planters, you will want to take a couple of precautions to prevent seeping onto your beautiful stitches if you decide to plant real plants and water them. For mine, I used a waterproof sealant tape. You can find all kinds of waterproof tape at your local home improvement store, just make sure that waterproof is specified. Cut a couple of pieces of tape to fit the inside of the planters and seal the inside of the planters, being sure to cover all holes and thread and seal well (if the thread isn’t covered completely and gets wet it can seep to the outside).
7. Plant your plants!
That’s it! Now you’ve got the most darling planters ready to welcome spring! Aren’t all of the colors so pretty? I’m obsessed with this one.
What spring projects are you excited to start tackling? I’d love to hear about them! And be sure to pick up Xyzal to keep those allergies at bay for 24 hours so you can get your spring on (find the 10 count box at your local CVS)!