Thursday, March 28, 2019

Decoupage Birch Wood Planter

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  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

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Imagine my surprise to see a plain birch wood planter sitting on a shelf in the Goodwill!  It looked like it was handmade using real branches from a birch tree - complete with a roughness and variation of wood colors! And, for just four dollars, too!

But I hate to tell you that I've had this for almost two years now - not really knowing exactly what to do with it. It does have a lovely rustic charm but I didn't know how to fit it into my decor .  .  . until now.

I've been doing a lot of decoupaging lately and came across a napkin that had wood markings similar to birch wood, and a heart flower design in my favorite colors, as seen here! 
So I began by tearing out the heart-shaped flower image on the napkin. It's best to tear by hand instead of cutting out with scissors to avoid any sharp edges.  Most napkins are 2-3 ply layers so you need to separate the printed ply sheet from the plain layer sheets. 
Then, brush Mod Podge on the wood where you plan on placing the design. Then, place the design over the mod podge and gently smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles, working from the center out, being extremely careful over the rough wood spots. Apply additional mod podge where needed and let dry.
The mod podge seemed to darken the flower design and I didn't like that! I did try white paint underneath, but that didn't make a difference. 
But, the planter is still perfect for holding spring flowers - adding a natural beauty to any decor!

And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. What a great find! The decoupage is so pretty on it too.

  2. Simplemente bellĂ­simo !!!!!felicidades ,

  3. I love this Gail! The flowers you filled it with coordinate perfectly! :)

  4. This is so pretty and great for Spring! Those pansies look beautiful in your new planter.

  5. I love how your planter turned out! Paper napkins for decoupage is my favorite thing ever.

  6. It's beautiful! I've heard of using paper napkins for decoupage but never tried it. It looks so fun!

  7. So many cute projects you've shared with us at the Welcome Spring party; I pinned them all!


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