Modern Succulent Centerpiece Planter with City Farmhouse

By: Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger Jen of City Farmhouse is back with a simple yet elegant DIY project to bring the beauty of nature into your home. Follow along as she walks us through the steps for creating this Modern Succulent Centerpiece Planter.

Hi, there friends! Over the last few years, I have become super fond of succulents, who hasn’t right?! I love the look, colors, sizes, shapes and the fact that they are low maintenance is a bonus for me. Plus you can find them just about anywhere lately, even the grocery store! I thought it would be fun to create an all season, modern succulent centerpiece planter for my kitchen table. I have teamed up with Minwax® for this project and to give my piece a rustic finish.

In planning this piece I knew I didn’t want the soil near the wood and that I wanted a modern vibe so I decided to use plastic planters I found at Target and set them inside the top. I actually created this piece based on the dimensions of these planters, so if you find other planters to use for this project, just alter your measurements accordingly. The great part about this is that I can also pop them in and out easily if I wanted to change the plants.



  • poplar craft board – Four 3ft lengths & One 2ft length (I bought mine at Lowe’s)
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • clamps
  • jig saw or 4″ drill bit adapter
  • sand paper
  • 5 plastic pots from Target that are about 4″ x 4″
  • 5 succulents
  • potting soil
  • pebbles



Cut your pieces from the above diagramMark off 5-4.25″ circles in the top length and cut them out using a jigsaw or 4″ drill bit adapterSand the openings to make them smooth.Take your bottom & 2 sides and glue & nail them, using clamps to hold in place.Once dry take your top with your circle cut outs and do the same, glue & nail.Then do the same for your ends, these will adhere to the outside of the box.After the piece is dry and secure, sand the edges smooth.Now it’s time to stain, I used Minwax® Gel Stain in “Aged Oak.” Be sure to have gloves on and use a cotton cloth to apply. The gel stain was SO easy!!!Next, I sealed it with Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax to give it a protective finish while maintaining a natural look.This Gel Stain is the best!!! It dries fast and no mess!!!


The finishing paste gives the same look on the wood but adds an extra layer of protection.



It’s time to add the planters! I selected 5 different succulents that I found at Lowe’s, all with varying hues, shapes and sizes.


Ta-da! Honestly, I wanted a no-fuss centerpiece that could stay through the seasons. I hit the nail on the head with this one, I absolutely love it!


The stain is just the right shade to balance all the wood tones and brown hues.


A little peek into my new den, aka old dining room.


My favorite part is the circle cut outs, it’s something different. I added pebbles to the planters to give it a finished look.


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And more succulents in the open shelving:).


Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.


A Mountain Wall Shelf

1. Boards

Living within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was inspired to turn these two 1″ x 4″ oak boards into a wall shelf with a mountain theme. What I liked about this project is that you can make your shelf and your mountain design whatever size you want.

2. first mt

I cut my bottom board 22 inches long, then cut some shorter boards to create my first mountain. As I mentioned, this is your chance to be creative, experimenting with different sizes and shapes.

3. second mt.

I then created my second mountain peak at the opposite end.

4. last mt

Two more boards, and my three peaks were complete. I used both wood glue, and short nails, to hold them together.

5. stain

For this project I selected Minwax® Gel Stain in “Coffee,” applied it with a brush, then wiped off any stain the wood did not absorb. Once it dried, I protected the wood with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane in an aerosol can.


Once the last coat had dried, I hung my shelf on a wall and used it to display some of Leigh Ann’s antique bottles.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!





An Easy Indoor Herb Garden


If you like to cook using fresh herbs, but don’t have a garden space, take a look at this project. You can make it with just a single board or two, ranging from a rustic barn board to a new piece of oak, which I am using. Since our kitchen trim is dark, I started by staining and finishing my boards in one step using Minwax® Polyshades® in “Mission Oak.”

3. Bracket

After my last coat dried, I attached three inexpensive hose clamps to the board with one small screw each.


I then placed some drainage stones in the bottom of three mason jars, and planted three popular herbs in them.


With a few turns of my screwdriver, each jar was secured to the board.

V ertical

The only thing left to do was to decide whether to hang our indoor herb garden on the wall vertically….

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Or horizontally. My solution: let Leigh Ann decide.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!




Glass Light Shade Vase: Three Ways with Not JUST a Housewife

By: Guest Blogger

Guest blogger Stacy Risenmay of Not JUST A Housewife is back with a chic, whimsical DIY solution for displaying your summer flowers. Follow her tutorial and see how to create your own glass light shade vase.

When I finished the bathroom in the basement, we couldn’t do recessed lights because of all the pipes and such in the ceiling. I had to find light that didn’t hang down very far from the ceiling since the ceiling is lower in the basement than upstairs and I have a tall husband. I have a love affair with seeded glass (glass with bubbles) and so I ordered some seeded glass light shades online. I ended up with an extra one and it has been sitting on the window ledge for almost two years collecting dust. Every time I get in the shower, I see it sitting there and think that I should do something with it. I decided to make a vase out of it but never got around to it since I could not decide on which base idea to create. Well, this week I decided to make all three and see which one I liked best!


Ever since my first trip to Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago, I have been wanting to go back for some more fresh flowers. A post about vases was the perfect excuse! It is probably a good thing it is an hour away or I would spend most of my money there.

 Vase 1: Hanging Vase

This first vase I decided to make round. You could make it any shape you want really. After tracing a bowl on the wood, I cut out the 9 inch circle. I then traced another circle in the center. It was 4 inches. Drill a hole large enough that your jigsaw blade can fit then use the jigsaw to cut out the center circle. Be sure to sand it all really well with a 220 grit sandpaper.


I stained it the same color as the peg board and boxes in my new office closet. I love it!


Once the stain was dry, I drilled three small holes evenly around the circle and threaded faux leather lacing through it. I knotted the ends so it wouldn’t pull back through the small holes.


I still can’t believe these giant sunflowers were only a few bucks at Trader Joe’s!



Vase 2: Gold Legs

For this one, I cut out an 8 inch by 8 inch square. I traced a 5 inch circle in the center. Just like the one above, I drilled a hole big enough for the jigsaw blade to fit. I cut out the hole and sanded the whole thing really well.

I had a 1 inch wooden dowel I was going to use for the legs so I used a 1 inch drill bit to drill holes in each corner. Measure and mark it before drilling.

I cut the dowel into 2 1/2 inch pieces for the legs. I didn’t want to too tall, but it needed to be just tall enough that the bottom of the vase wouldn’t touch the table top. Think pot bellied pig verses gangly teenage boy.


I stained it using Minwax® Wood Finish in “Early American.” The legs I spray painted gold. I added some wood glue and pushed the legs into the holes. I waited for the glue to dry before turning it over and adding the vase.


I love that you can see the legs on the top!


I ended up liking the 5 inch size hole better than the 4 inch hole.



Vase 3: Geometric!

I started out by cutting three 8 inch squares out of plywood. You can use any wood, I just chose to use scrap wood for these vases. Once I had the square cut, I measured and marked about an inch and a half from each corner, drew a line, and using the miter saw chopped off the corners. It helps to have clamps to hold the wood in pace on the base of the saw. This created the octagonal shape.

Like the hanging vase, I drilled a large hole for the saw blade to fit through. I used the jigsaw to cut out a center circle in two of the pieces.


You will end up with two pieces that have center circles and one that does not. You can either use wood glue to attach them together or a brad nailer. Putty it really well and when dry, sand it smooth.



I painted it my favorite cobalt blue!



It looks so cheery on the shelf!



Real gerbera daisies are so perfect that they look fake even in person! They are such a great cut flower.



Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Stacy Risenmay is a DIY enthusiast. In her blog, Not Just a Housewife, she shares her adventures of fixing up her 1938 cottage. She believes that whether it’s big or small, everyone should love their space. Learn more about Stacy and visit: You can also follow Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram