Some of my favorite DIY’s start with something so simple. In this case, a simple plastic bowl from the Dollar Tree was all that I needed, along with a little paint of course to create a beautiful DIY Boho Planter.
I have recently become a plant mama and I am working hard to keep everything alive (fingers crossed) and decided to find most of planters either through thrift or DIY. I fell in love with the shape of this sturdy little bowl from Dollar Tree and decided to give it a whirl.
Are you thinking about making your own? I have gathered a list of things you need to get the same look for your project!
- Plastic Dollar Tree Serving Bowl
- Drill with twist bit
- 2 Colors of chalk paint. I am using Elephant and Plaster by Waverly, found at Walmart.
- Waverly Indoor/Outdoor Matte Varnish, found with the Waverly paints at Walmart
- Paint Brush
- Heat Gun
- Sand Paper
This DIY Boho Planter began like most. With a little bit of chalk paint. I put two coats of grey chalk paint on the outside of the bowl, using my Wagner heat gun in between for rapid drying.
Then I applied 2 thick coats of an off white chalk paint, drying in between coats. What I discovered was the paint began to crackle.
In truth, that detail was not planned for this project but I ended up LOVING the look. My best guess is that it was due to multiple layers of thick paint with rapid drying in between. It’s quite possible that by using that technique on plastic is what caused the crackling effect.
I sealed the outside of the bowl with a single layer of matte varnish, which I allowed to set overnight. This varnish created a protective seal on the paint to keep it from chipping away and it gave it a nice finished look.
My tip to you, if you plant to create a planter using something similar, you will need to drill a few holes in the base of the bowl to allow for proper drainage of the plant. This is a VERY EASY step, so don’t let the idea of using a drill scare you. You can see how I did this in the DIY BOHO Planter Video Tutorial I share here,