Monday Made It - Gutter Planter Box

I am linking up today with Tara from Fourth Grade Frolics. I absolutely LOVE her blog and have found so many great ideas from her "Monday Made It" section.
My favorite "made it" from the last couple of weeks has got to be the adorable planter boxes that I have made for my classroom. With such a tiny space to work with, I had to get very creative. Two large (4 foot wide) windows seemed to be the focal point in the room, so I decided to go with it. This project was SO EASY and I couldn't be happier with the results. Here is what I used: - Rain gutters - I bought 1 rain gutter at Lowes (these traditionally come in 10 foot sections) - Rain gutter end caps (for the number of planters you need) - Silicone or hot glue - Floral foam (I found this at the dollar store) - Cute, whimsical flowers to match your decor (the flowers I used were on sale at Michaels) - Some type of covering for the foam (I used burlap to match my room, but there is also moss or so many options) - 3M/Command picture hanging strips After buying the rain gutters (which are incredibly light weight) I cut them to fit the size of my windows. You can cut these with tin snips fairly easily. Next, I attached the end caps with silicone. I also attached the floral foam to the insides with silicone, but hot glue would also work.
Adding the flowers was easy at this point. I just spaced them out and added them as I found looked best. To give it a more finished look you can add a covering over the foam. I found wide burlap ribbon that I wound around the stems to help tie the colors of my room together. As a final step I hung the planters directly below my windows. For this I used the 3M/Command picture hanging strips. I attached 4 of these to each of the planter boxes and put the corresponding pieces onto the wall where I planned to hang them. It was so easy then to press the finished boxes against the wall at the hanging strips and it instantly added a great pop of color to the space!

7 comments:

  1. I love this! I'm also an intervention specialist for 3-5 :) It's hard to find other interventionists online!

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    1. Awesome! It is definitely hard to find others in this position. I look forward to learning with you!

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  2. I just love the name of your blog and I can totally relate : )

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    1. I alway said this will be the name of my memoir. I am not a huge "pencil/paper" teacher, but somehow I seem to find myself at the pencil sharpener each day!

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  3. You planters turned out so cute! I bet they bring little "fresh air" to your smaller space. Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much! They really do brighten up the space and they make me smile! As teachers, I feel it is important to find a "happy place" in your classroom.

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  4. Such a cute idea! Who knew that rain gutters could be so decorative!!!???

    Teaching with a Twist

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