This crate planter is versatile and can be used inside or outside the home.

Here at Riverwood Cabins we are all about making memories, so we thought you might like a little DIY project that you can easily make with your spouse for a little date night fun or even get the kids or grandkids involved for a family craft night.

We love this simple planter that you can change to reflect any message/season that works for you. Also, it never hurts to have a cute way to show off your favorite plants, right? (And it looks beautiful on the front porch of one of our cabins (if we do say so ourselves).

Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Wooden crate
  • Small chalkboard
  • School glue or hot glue gun (whichever you prefer)
  • Black ink or Vintage effect wash (both shown here)
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge brush
  • Sponge
  • Chalk or Chalk pen
  • Chalk paint in your desired color (we chose white)


First we mixed about 5 drops of black ink into 1 cup of water.

Then we used the sponge brush to lightly distress the chalkboard. Once you distress to your liking, set it aside to dry.

Then you will paint the entire crate with the chalk paint you have selected.

DIY Crate Planter

While this is drying you can write on your chalkboard. (We went with a simple “Welcome”)

DIY Crate Planter

Once your crate has dried you can use the sponge brush to apply the ink to the box.  We painted one slat at a time and then wiped it immediately with the sponge to create a distressed look.


Crate Planter DIY Project

Once you have distressed the entire crate, set aside to dry.  Once dry you can add glue to the back of your chalkboard and affix to the crate.

Let dry then add plants of your choosing!

Now you have an adorable crate planter than you can change out for every season!


Vicky Reddish

About Vicky Reddish

Vicky joined the Riverwood Cabins team in 2017. As Marketing Coordinator, she executes marketing campaigns and strategies, primarily in the digital space. She loves creating and curating content and finding fun ways to engage customers on social media - and to do it as a "job" - it just doesn't get any better. She’s also an artist and loves taking photos. Vicky lives in the heart of Nashville with her husband, Michael.

One Comment

  • Avatar Sheryl Bates says:

    Such a cute yet novel idea! I m wondering though if u need to seal the painted crate and chalkboard frame with a sealer to protect it from water or weather to make it more lasting. I’ve never used the paint and distressing supplies that u did on this project. Just wondering about added protection for the wood surfaces.
    Thx for sharing. Loved this!

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