Summer DIY: Painted Birch Plant Stand

Need a reprieve from the summer heat? You’re not the only one! We recommend making yourself some icy sweet tea or a fresh, cold brew and spending an afternoon or evening crafting away. You can start with the project below — a lovely little plant or candle stand made from a birch slab. Give it a little TLC via some satin-finish paint, and you’ve got yourself a one of a kind charmer.

 

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What You Need:

  • At least one small paint brush
  • Cup of water
  • Medium sized birch slab
  • Four to six colors of wood-approved paint (we recommend satin finish)

 

How-To:

Start at the center with a small dot of paint. With care and attention to your color selection, begin painting circle after circle. Don’t worry too much about creating perfectly round circles or precise edges. There’s a certain effortless appeal in imperfect strokes. Do give each circle a minute to dry to prevent smearing.

We opted for Martha Stewart’s satin finish paints, which we found at a local craft store along with the birch piece. When you’ve finished painting, you can use ModPodge or a sealant spray to lock in the color and prevent chipping.

 

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Once your stand has dried completely, use it to prop up a plant, candle, jewelry holder, or whatever else could use a little lift.

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+ What cool crafts brighten your summer days?

About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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1 Comment

  1. Jill 08/05/2015 at 2:37 pm #

    OMGosh, my heart took a little leap when I saw that ring holder in the photo. My grandmother had one exactly like that on her dresser for decades. I’m not sure what happened to it after she passed. Your photo gave me a happy tear.

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