This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
Last week I announced my partnership with The Home Depot for their Holiday Do-It-Herself Workshop (DIH Workshop). In case you missed it, I mentioned that this Thursday I will be hosting a workshop live from Toledo, Ohio and that the workshops across the country will all be demonstrating the same project, an adorable wooden stocking planter box. I also mentioned that I was in the process of making my own wooden stocking planter box using The Home Depot's instructions, but giving it a custom look.
Here is what I came up with...
Before I get into how I gave my stockings a unique look, let's take a look at The Home Depot's version that will be demonstrated at the DIH Workshop next week…
Aren't they cute?
Home Depot locations everywhere will be demonstrating the project steps this Thursday at their free DIH Workshop. You can pre-register by clicking here. In the event you can't make it, but would still like to make one, here are the project instructions:
I followed these steps, but made one tweak to give my stockings a unique look. Instead of free-handing a traditional stocking shape (step number two), I used a sewing pattern for a more whimisical stocking shape. I printed out a free pattern printable, cut it out and traced it onto the plywood.
(The free printable sewing pattern I used can be found here).
You can see I made my pencil markings slightly larger than the pattern to achieve an oversized stocking for a dramatic, large-scale look. Once my stocking planter box was fully assembled, I gave it a coat of white paint, taped off a few stripes at the top and applied cherry red chalk paint to the entire surface except for the box. I used black chalk paint for the box and a white chalk marker to write the kids names. To hang them, I stapled a loop of jute rope to the upper left corner of the stocking so they would hang on an angle. This enhanced the whimisical shape.
These little planter boxes are a really cute and simple way to decorate the mantel. They are perfect for small gifts or as a way to display fresh greenery or special ornaments.
In addition to these stocking planter boxes on my mantel, I also made one for the front door. I attached it to a wreath and used my chalk marker to say "Welcome" to our holiday guests. That version can be seen on The Home Depot blog.
If you have never been to a Home Depot Workshop, let me tell you about them. The Home Depot Workshops are FREE, live, in-store workshops held at ALL of thier locations for Do-it-yourselfers of ALL ages and experience levels. These monthly workshops offer step-by-step instructions on how to make simple DIY decor and home improvement projects with easy to operate power tools. Whether you are an experienced DIY-er or have never touched a power tool in your life, The Home Depot's Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate-led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project.
*In case you missed the announcement, I will be hosting the Holiday DIH Workshop this Thursday live in Toledo, Ohio. The store is located at 3200 Secor Road Toledo, Ohio 43606. Please don't forget to pre-register here.
If you are not in the Toledo area, you can register for the workshop at your local Home Depot.
If you attend the workshop or make one of these adorable wooden stocking planter boxes, I would love to see it! Please feel free to share your photos on my facebook page or tag me on Instagram or Twitter! Don't forget to hashtag it with #DIHWorkshop!
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*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot