Celebrate spring with this vibrant Letter Planter from Hester Van Overbeek. Filled to the brim with the most beautiful artiﬁcial ﬂowers, it’s the perfect project for your Easter weekend, and will ensure you have colourful ﬂowers on display all year. Turning your initial into a planter works for almost every letter, but is a little trickier if it’s rounded. If that’s the case, search for different typefaces online to ﬁnd a simpler shape.
You will need
Plywood, ½ inch (10mm) or thicker
Pallet wood planks
Palm sander or sandpaper
Hammer and nails
Artificial flowers (Hester’s are from Ikea and Hobbycraft)
1. On your plywood draw a rectangle measuring 14 x 12 inches (35 x 30cm). Draw your letter within this rectangle, making sure all the edges are straight.
2. Cut your letter out using a jigsaw. I’ve found the best way to cut the sharp corners is to cut a soft curve ﬁrst and then go back and cut out the corner. Sand the cut edges smooth.
3. Line your pallet planks up along the outside of your letter and mark where you need to cut them. Do the same with the inside edges of your letter. Cut the planks and sand them smooth.
4. Glue and then nail the planks to the plywood base.
5.Measure and then cut smaller pieces of pallet wood to ﬁll in the gaps. Glue and nail them in place. Sand any rough edges smooth.
6. Cut the stems off the artiﬁcial ﬂowers and arrange the ﬂowers inside the letter. I put more ﬂowers in the top left and bottom right corners for a ﬂowing effect, but you can ﬁll the whole planter as full as you wish or only use a few blooms. Glue them in place when you are happy with the arrangement.
7. To protect your ﬁngers from burning on the hot glue, use a little stick (like this plant marker) to push the ﬂower into the glue.
You can also check out a video tutorial for a K Letter Planter over on Hester's blog!