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Flower Tote

We can all use a strong box to tote our stuff. Why not make one? It'll cost you about $6.00 and only take an hour or so. This is a copy of an old tool box. I like putting flowers in it rather than tools as flowers are lighter. I don't have the biceps to carry a wooden box full of tools. You gotta love those strong carpenters.

Materials
1 x 6 x 6 piece of pine lumber
1 dowel about 16 inches long
nails
glue

Tools
bowl
jig saw
hammer

Cut the 6 foot board into the following pieces:

3 -16" lengths
2 - 12" lengths

Draw a semi circle (I used a bowl as a template) on one end of each of the 12" pieces. Cut out with the jig saw.

I took this picture to remind you to put the 12" sides on top of the bottom piece, but for ease of application, attach the 16" horizontal sides to the bottom first.

Place a bead of glue on both long sides of one of the 16" pieces. This will be your bottom of the box. Attach the other two 16" pieces to the bottom and nail in place. You will end up with a three sided trough. It will be easier to do if you lay the trough on its side while you nail.

Apply glue along the inside ends of the trough and slip in the rounded 12" sides. Nail in place. I used nails with big heads for a rustic look. I ended up predrilling the holes for the nails to avoid splitting the wood. You may wish to use smaller, thinner nails to avoid this extra step.

I cut the dowel to size and glued and nailed it in place about an inch from the top of the curved edge of the sides.

I decided to paint this using my "poor man's venetian plaster" found here.

This time I used a dark (hunter) green for the first coat and a pale avocado for the top coat. When both coats were thoroughly dry, I mixed an even paler tint of the avocado green and using a stencil, added flowers around the box. I waited a few hours then sanded with fine sand paper. I burnished everything with a plastic putty knife then buffed the box with carnuba car wax.

Fill with what you like. In my case I put small glasses in the tote, added water, then arranged flowers. Perfect.



I found a few tricks when doing the venetian plaster with this application.

1. Subdued colors look better than bold. (don't ask me how I know) Think stone.
2. While each coat is wet, take your finger and remove any excess paint along the edges. It tends to build up and can chip off.
3. Use at least two colors; dark as the base coat, lighter on top, for visual depth. Make the top coat(s) very thin so that the base coat shows through.

28 comments:

vaishali sabnani said...

U sound so simple. Love this piece.would love to work on one to keep my books. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia said...

This piece is great! Love the Hydrangeas. Saw you at DIY

Cynthia

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is adorable!

Jennifer said...

Your flower caddy is adorable! I like the color you painted it and the stensil too. Looks great!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

Tammy Henderson said...

sooooo cute love the color...

creativejewishmom.com said...

very nice, still dreaming myself of being handy like you one day! thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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