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Make this easy-to-whip-up desk planter and follow along on my new 25 DIYs of Christmas series!
Hi friends! I’m kicking off a new SERIES today! This year, I’m posting 25 DIYs of Christmas to give you tons of inspiring holiday ideas that you can DIY: decor, recipes, gift ideas, and more. For today’s first project, I’m making a simple gift that will please those hard-to-buy-for family and friends: a little planter that takes up a small amount of desk space and has a spot for keeping business cards on display!
Originally, I designed a more complex planter with fun angles and realized that it wasn’t as “easy” as I wanted this first project to be. So, I simplified so that you can make it in less time (as in, less than a day) for a truly last-minute DIY gift idea. I still really like the result! I do plan to share the other design later in the series, but I think I’ll probably nix the business card part and turn it into something else that’s equally fun.
Anyway, let’s get to the instructions for how to make this. All subscribers can download FREE detailed diagrams and instructions for these plans in my Woodworking Plans Library.
DIY Succulent Planter & Business Card Holder (Perfect as a Desk Accessory Gift!)
Materials & Tools for Making This Decorative Business Card Holder
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Time needed: 8 hours.
This small planter makes an excellent gift for friends and family who have recently gotten a new job, have an independent side business, or for someone who loves plants!
- Cut box pieces
Cut all 4 sides and bottom piece of the planter.
- Use scraps to make the business card holder
Since I cut the box from step 1 out of 1/2″ x 6 in poplar, I used pieces I trimmed off to help create the little lip of the business card holder piece.
- Glue, clamp, and nail
I recently got a battery-powered finish/pin nailer, and it came in super handy for this project! Normally, I wait for the glue to dry with the pieces in clamps, but using the nail gun really sped things up. Highly recommend.
Before gluing the card holder to the box, I decided to fill any gaps with wood filler (my wood was unfortunately cupped in the middle so my pieces weren’t perfectly lining up even with clamps). I also gave everything a good sanding to prep it for stain.
- Tape off and coat the inside of the box
I taped off the lip with painter’s tape and also wrapped the outside in a plastic back to keep the spray limited to the interior. Then, I sprayed 3 coats of spar urethane into the inside to keep moisture from becoming an issue when the plant gets watered. Even though I’m using a plastic liner and a small tray on the inside, I didn’t want to take any chances. Another great alternative is to use a product called Garden Seal (which for some reason, I didn’t think of until now to use, but would have been better — I’m going to blame our Daylist Savings time change ?)
- Glue the business card holder to the box
I eyeballed this placement. I aimed for making the cardholder at a slight angle with the bottom corner touching the desktop.
- Finish and add a plant
I LOVED the grain on this project and really wanted to show it off, but I didn’t want the planter to be stained too dark. So, I turned to a new favorite stain color of mine, Pickled Oak by Minwax. It has an almost bleached effect to the wood and nixed any yellow in the wood. Generally, I prefer Varathane because it dries a LOT faster, but this was the perfect fit for this project, so I was willing to wait the 8 hours dry time. Since things were still drying as of taking these photos, I left the succulent in the plastic container it came in, which doesn’t quite fit the planter (it snugly created a lip, which I kind of like, but I’ll later actually plant it into the container after the planter cures).
There you have it, but that’s not all! You’ll find more ideas on my blog throughout the rest of November and December 2019 (cough cough subscribe so you don’t miss any of those posts!), but you can get more homemade gift ideas RIGHT NOW by checking out some of the fellow bloggers participating in today’s gift idea roundup below!
DIY GIFT IDEA ROUNDUP
- Addicted 2 DIY — DIY Wooden Headset Stand
- Ugly Duckling House — DIY Desk Planter & Business Card Holder (that’s HERE)
- My Repurposed Life — Tree Branch Log Projects
- House Becoming Home — DIY Wood Cake Stand
- Cristina @ Remodelando La Casa — House Advent Calendar
- Anikas DIY Life — Wood Tray
- DIY Huntress — Easy Concrete Planter
- My Love 2 Create — DIY Step Stool
- 100 Things To Do — Charging Station
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This project is part of a series of DIY gifts, decor, and other fun inspiration that I’m calling my “25 DIYs of Christmas“! Check out the list below to see each post (step by step tutorials, recipes, videos, and woodworking plans available for each (where applicable). Lots of these ideas have multiple versions to show you the possibilities of each DIY. Even better, you can subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a single post!
25 DIYs of Christmas