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How to Fake a Green THumb with this Planter Box Idea

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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!

Three planter boxes from the Dollar Tree filled with real and faux flowers, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com

What I Used:

  • 3 galvanized metal planters
  • 3 bunches of faux flowers
  • 3 small pots with real flowers 
  • 2 faux vines
  • 2 ceramic figurines

The How To:

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!
Two galvanized metal planters, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
I also found a great assortment of faux flowers, plants and vines.  Just look at those pretty colors.  Just what I need.  
Faux flowers and plants, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
I’ve been starving for some spring color in my dreary home which has been all about the snowflakes lately. 
faux vine, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
Real flower plants, Begonia and Hyacinth, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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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.
Real flowers placed in galvanized metal planter boxes, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
And this little one…
Violet plant in plastic pot, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com

​… went into a larger galvanized planter.  One with an oval shaped opening
Violet placed into an oval shaped planter, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
Once my real flowers were in place I simply filled out the planters with the faux flowers. 
Adding faux flowers to the planter boxes, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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​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. 
White ceramic bunny, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
White ceramic rooster, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com

​Just look at the beauty of the Viola.  
Viola plant, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
Can you tell that the pink Carnation and the Aglaonema ‘Valentine‘ are not real?
Pink carnation and Aglaonema faux plants, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com

​And just look at the gorgeous shade of the Begonia. 
red begonia plant, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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!

Purple hyacinth flower, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com



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.
Real and faux flowers placed in three galvanized metal planter boxes, How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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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Real and faux flowers placed in three galvanized metal planter boxes #fauxflowers #DollarStoreCrafts #Planterboxideas #fauxgreenthumb How to Fake A Green Thumb with this Planter Box Idea, www.theboondocksblog.com
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Tammy

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Oh, my goodness. For someone who doesn't garden your arrangement is beautiful. I haven't seen those containers at the Dollar Tree but will definitely be looking for them. Great job!

Mary

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Thank you Tammy, but that does not guarantee that I can keep them alive. ;)

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Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Instant spring- I love it!

Mary

Monday 16th of April 2018

I really had no choice Eilis, now lets hope those real flowers last a bit.

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