Have I ever told you what a great gardener I am...not! I am the queen of killing plants. Not that I do it intentionally.
Even while living in Greece I could not keep flowers alive! I mean I could keep an aloe vera plant alive and even a yucca. But that's about it.
It is the tenth of the month and that means it is time for me to join my friends on Ten on the Tenth for another project. We get together on this day to share a project with you, one that costs us less than ten dollars. Last month we talked about Spring but this month we are really looking ahead to container gardening, if and when spring decides to actually spring on us!
And now you are probably laughing because I just told you I am a brown thumb... inching close to black. But that has never stopped me. Today I'm going to show you how to fake a green thumb with this planter box idea!
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These galvanized metal planters seem to be everywhere. And it is no wonder, they are only one dollar each. You can't go wrong with the Dollar Tree!
I also found a great assortment of faux flowers, plants and vines. Just look at those pretty colors. Just what I need.
I've been starving for some spring color in my dreary home which has been all about the snowflakes lately.
These beauties were not bought from the Dollar Tree. In fact, they were gifts from my kids. They see how miserable their mama is and wanted to cheer her up.
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The pretty potted plants were just plopped into the galvanized metal planters. That's it! I've also seen them painted, but I am really liking this galvanized metal look.
And this little one...
... went into a larger galvanized planter. One with an oval shaped opening.
Once my real flowers were in place I simply filled out the planters with the faux flowers.
The final step was to add my cute little ceramic figurines. They were originally a mustard yellow color but I wanted them a bit more neutral. So I gave them a few coats of chalky finish paint in white.
There's Mister Rooster hiding behind the hyacinth plant. I left his red parts a little transparent so we would know he was in fact a rooster.
Just look at the beauty of the Viola.
Can you tell that the pink Carnation and the Aglaonema 'Valentine' are not real?
And just look at the gorgeous shade of the Begonia.
Now to be fair if we add everything up the cost comes out a bit more than $10, but the plants were gifts so they don't count. The total cost for bought items was in fact $8, all from the Dollar Tree.
I am a happy camper, to be sure, now that I have a Dollar Tree nearby. Remember back when I lived in Greece and all I did was complain about the lack of nice items at the local dollar store? I had no fall items to speak of when I made a wreath. And let's not forget the vignette fiasco! Both of these really had me thinking outside the box!
But now I don't have to hide in shame because I don't naturally come by a green thumb. Although I really have no excuse - my husband and dad are both excellent green thumbs, so it runs in the family! You'd think some of that green would have rubbed off on me.
Now that I have shown you how to fake a green thumb with this planter box idea, we brown thumbs can stand proud and not worry about our inability to keep plants healthy. Okay, fess up how many of you are secret brown thumbs, and how often am I supposed to water the real plants?
Hop on below and visit my friends who are also going to show you their garden container ideas.
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