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A Quick and Easy Paint Stirrer Crate Planter

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Well hello there. Are you looking for an easy way to make a crate and turn it into a planter. This little one that we made from paint stirrers is not only budget friendly, it’s a quick DIY project too. You can make it in less than an hour. It’s a lovely house warming or hostess gift. Or why not make a few so you can keep one for yourself . Come on I know you want too, since it just looks so adorable hanging on the wall 😉

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

What You Need to Make a Paint Stirrer Crate

Besides the paint stirrers, which you can get at most hardware stores for free, you’ll also need a measuring tape, some chicken wire, staple gun, wire cutters, 1×1 and something to cut the stirrers and 1×1 to the right length. We used our Miter Saw but a good old fashioned hand saw will work too. In fact the hubby gave me the beady eye for not doing it the old fashioned way. But in my defense, I wanted to get the cutting stuff done so I could concentrate on making it pretty and turning the paint stirrer crate into a planter 😉

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

You’ll need 18 stirrers in total to make the crate which measures 33 cm x 23 cm x 11 cm  (13″ x 9″ x 4 1/4″).

How To Make a Paint Stirrer Crate

Paint stirrers usually have these notches on the side that makes it easier to grip while you’re stirring. And while I didn’t really mind that the sticks weren’t completely straight all the way, I decided to cut those bit off the 6 sticks that will form the top and bottom. If you want your crate to be wider you can leave them as is. Cut the 1×1 into 4 equal pieces measuring 11 cm (4 1/4″). These will form the side supports of the crate.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Use a staple gun to attach the side support to the shorter, cut paint stirrers as shown below. Use one of the other paint stirrers as a spacer to align the them nicely or just use the highly scientific eye ball method 😉

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Staple the longer side pieces onto the shorter sides. Just make sure all those notches are pointing in the same direction for a more professional look.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Measure the inside of the shorter side, between the 1x1s and cut two pieces to fit snuggly. Staple those two pieces onto the shorter side. If I wasn’t so focused on getting to the point where I could start making pretty, I probably would have thought about adding those bits before I attached the longer sides to the shorter ones. Oh well lesson learnt 😀 Finally staple all the bottom pieces on, once again making sure that the notches all face the same way.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Time to Make Pretty And Turn it Into a Planter

If there’s one thing we make a lot it’s planters. Whether they’re made from mismatched forks or broken wine glasses, we’ve done it all. Not even an old lantern is safe 😀 But this paint stirrer crate planter is one of the easier one. Paint or stain the crate to suit your decor before cutting a strip of chicken wire that fits neatly across the bottom of your crate.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Use the staple gun to attach the chicken wire and add some coconut fiber.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Line the bottom of the crate planter with plastic to protect it and create a waterproof barrier. If you’re going faux plants in your planter you don’t need to worry about it. Fill her up with plants, real or faux. We added the most gorgeous pansies to ours. There little faces always make me happy and they come in so many different colors.

No one can keep being angry if they look into the heart of a pansy for a whileClick To Tweet

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Hang her up and enjoy.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

Just for fun we added a miniature wire bird cage that’s been filled with fairy lights.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

I love the way it adds a bit of interest and creates a warm glow in the corner.

And those beautiful little pansies are all nestled up snuggly in their bed of coconut fiber.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

What do you think? Is it something you would try to make?

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later.

Easy DIY tutorial to make a paint stirrer crate planter using paint stirrers and a staple gun. Add a small light to really make it pop #DIYHomeDecor #DIYPlanter #FairyLights #EasyDIY

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As always wishing you a beautiful and crafty week.

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Comments

  • Posted: September 13, 2018 11:37

    Keri Roberts

    Look at that, another beautiful work of art. It looks fantastic Michelle!
    • Posted: September 13, 2018 12:06

      acraftymix

      Thanks so very much Keri
  • Posted: August 24, 2018 04:58

    Leanna

    The crate looks great, especially with that miniature birdcage. As always Michelle you inspire me, love your blog.
    • Posted: August 24, 2018 06:19

      acraftymix

      😍 Thank you Leanna, that means a lot to me
  • Posted: August 22, 2018 19:15

    Christina Makri

    So cute !!! But the most incredible thing is that you made a crate!!! You always surprise me Michelle with your skills! I think that the miniature cage and fairy lights were the perfect addition!
    • Posted: August 23, 2018 05:02

      acraftymix

      Ahhh yes, that little birdcage and the fairy lights did make such a difference. The whole crate looks happy 🙂
  • Posted: August 22, 2018 12:07

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    This is beautiful Michelle! Who would of known you could turn paint sticks into such a cute planter. Love your little lighted birdcage, adorable!
    • Posted: August 22, 2018 12:34

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda 😉 and I love that little birdcage too
  • Posted: August 16, 2018 21:56

    Carolann

    Oh my gosh, this is so lovely, Michelle! I love crafts with paint stirrers and this one is at the top of that list!
    • Posted: August 17, 2018 05:37

      acraftymix

      😍 Thanks so much Carolann, I'm glad you like it
  • Posted: August 12, 2018 19:43

    Christine

    omg I must have one.....drool
    • Posted: August 13, 2018 12:32

      acraftymix

      LOL Christine, so happy you like it
  • Posted: August 12, 2018 17:19

    Libbie

    What a cute planter! Love the use of the paints sticks as I always seem to have a stash on hand!
    • Posted: August 13, 2018 14:16

      acraftymix

      You and me both Libbie but they do come in so handy 🙂
  • Posted: August 11, 2018 14:10

    Mel

    It's so gorgeous Michelle! The crate, the pansies...and oh that fairy light! It is something you would like to see in your garden. Have a great weekend!
    • Posted: August 12, 2018 05:46

      acraftymix

      🙂 So glad you like it Mel. I bet you'll be able to do something similar with your ice cream sticks. Hope you have a happy weekend too
  • Posted: August 11, 2018 01:39

    Amy

    Shut the front door. That is adorable! I can't believe it was so simple to put together, and that miniature chandelier is everything. I may have to make one of these for myself. :)
    • Posted: August 11, 2018 07:56

      acraftymix

      So happy you like it Amy and you'll be able to make it no problem
  • Posted: August 10, 2018 13:51

    Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    Well you know exactly where I'm doing this, Michelle! It may not be a crate but this will totally work but with faux. I have the exact same birdcage and never thought to hang it and fill with fairy lights - so happening! I wish you lived near me, I have a special project I'm pondering and I know you could help me execute it beautifully 🤔
    • Posted: August 11, 2018 13:38

      acraftymix

      LOL Marie and I was actually thinking about you when I made it. They need to invent that "beam me up Scotty" travelling machine real soon. I would love to come visit and spend time on that beautiful deck of yours. I'll bring the beers 🙂
  • Posted: August 10, 2018 12:01

    Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    What a beautiful decoration. The colors and fairy lights make it so warm and inviting. The pansies are sweet and gentle. Your crafts are always creative and adorable.
    • Posted: August 10, 2018 13:30

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Kathleen, that means alot to me
  • Posted: August 10, 2018 05:23

    Debbie-Dabble

    Michelle, What a great idea and it looks so pretty!! Love the addition of the bird cage....Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: August 10, 2018 06:48

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Debbie ❤
  • Posted: August 9, 2018 15:00

    Mary

    Only you would make a crate from scratch instead of buying one. It turned out so much nicer than the store bought ones Michelle. And you have filled it with so much love!!
    • Posted: August 10, 2018 06:50

      acraftymix

      LOL Mary, those paint stirrers are a bit big to repurpose into a fairy garden, so I thought I'd try make something else with them. Glad it worked out the way it did. I think I'll make a few more since it was so easy to do 🙂
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 19:39

    Nati

    This project is absolutely adorable Michelle! you make it seem so easy, but not having the right tools (and your talent) could turn it into a very difficult task.
    • Posted: August 10, 2018 06:52

      acraftymix

      Thank you Nati. We're very lucky to have a few power tools that make things easier, but if you have a handsaw you'll be able to do it too and wood glue can be used instead of staples 🙂
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 19:01

    Taryn

    Wow! This is pretty awesome. You really have a creative eye. Love how you repurpose and transform non traditional items!
    • Posted: August 10, 2018 06:59

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Taryn. Repurposing unusual things is what we're all about 🙂
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 18:31

    Fiona

    This is so beautiful! It is amazing how we can use the most basic of objects and turn it into something stunning! ❤ ♡ XOXO ♡ • fionadiaries.com
    • Posted: August 9, 2018 05:52

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Fiona 😍
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 10:43

    Elizabeth

    I had no idea paint stirrers existed! I always just use a stick, lol! Such a cute planter idea, this. Clever!
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 11:26

      acraftymix

      🙂 They're a life saver, those paint stirrers and so much easier to use than a stick.
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 07:54

    Katrin

    This must be the cutest little planter I have ever seen! It is gorgeous Michelle. I love how you added the wire and the coconut fibre, it makes it so much more interesting and the pansies are adorable!!
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 09:50

      acraftymix

      Thank you Katrin, pansies are always such rewarding little flowers. They're just so ...happy 😊
  • Posted: August 8, 2018 01:20

    Terri Steffes

    That is the cutest thing ever! I have so many ideas rolling around in my head for this! Fun!!
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 07:24

      acraftymix

      That's so cool Terri, I'm real happy if it gave you some ideas
  • Posted: August 7, 2018 22:02

    Kesha

    I am always amazed at the beautiful items you create. That little lantern is so adorable. I would love to make something like this but I'm afraid I would mess it up terribly.
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 07:23

      acraftymix

      I'm sure you won't mess it up Kesha and even if you do, that's okay too. You would have learnt something new
  • Posted: August 7, 2018 20:16

    Elizabeth O

    What a truly lovely planter you made. It's really creative to come up with this and it looks really gorgeous too.
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 07:25

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Elizabeth 😍
  • Posted: August 7, 2018 16:53

    Tanvi Rastogi

    Gosh. You out do yourself each week. This looks rather elaborate though. The end result is absolute perfection. ❥ tanvii.com
    • Posted: August 8, 2018 07:24

      acraftymix

      😊 Awwww Tanvi, thank you so much for that
  • Posted: August 7, 2018 13:27

    Stephanie Jnote

    I wish I were more crafty. For one, you always find something interesting to do which is great. Secondly, you save lots of money
    • Posted: August 7, 2018 13:55

      acraftymix

      That's so true. I was just thinking when we hung the planter that it didn't even exist last week and now we have a brand new planter that really looks so pretty on the wall and it didn't cost us a cent. It's very satisfying
  • Posted: August 7, 2018 11:40

    kumamonjeng

    Another beautiful creation! Love how you also included a miniaure wire bird cage. I find it super cute. Wonder if you can do that yourself too? If yes, I can't wait to see it in the next blog :)
    • Posted: August 7, 2018 13:54

      acraftymix

      I've been meaning to put a tutorial up on how to make a miniature bird cage. They're not difficult at all. 🙂 I'll have make a plan soon

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