Decorated wood flower boxes for my mama

May 7, 2016: Nothing says “Happy Mothers Day” than a beautiful bouquet of flowers, right? Well, this thought occurred to me while browsing my local A.C. Moore store, looking for DIY gift craft ideas for my mama, Xenia. I was in the store late Friday night looking through the aisles for ideas.

I spot these mini square crates in the project wood aisle.

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And I see these mini acrylic decorative votives in the glassware and bottles aisle.

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Hmmm…my brain flips through a mental project file and it pulls up a cool DIY that I came across on Instagram. The FixerUpper Grocery Store flower crate DIY.

So I add two crates to my basket and clean the shelves of all blue honeycomb acrylic votives I could find. For this project, I need eight.

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Once I purchase my supplies from A.C. Moore, I head across the shopping center parking lot to the Giant to get the flowers.

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I decide on a couple of spray mums bouquets – one purple and one white.

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So back at the condo I set up my crafting table with my supplies. I insert four votives into each square crate.

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First step, decorate the crates. I decide to stain one crate with my favorite color – Early American. And the other with the darker Dark Walnut color.

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While waiting for the stain to dry, I cut my flowers. I start with the white mums.

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I cut each stem short enough to fit inside my little votives (half-filled with water). I add four mini flower vases with the mums to one of the crates.

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And here’s one flower crate. It looks lovely.

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Here’s a view of the lovely bunches of white mums from above. Beautiful. Xenia will love this.

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But there is more decorating to be done. So I allow the crates to dry overnight so that I can decorate them in the morning.

I decide to go with my decorative circles design, used for my phone cubes, my Block Dock and my Fee Fi Faux Fum wall mounted wood vase.

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Once I decoupage circles of decorative paper to one side of the crate, I add labels for each box with gold foil embossed alphabet stickers. I labeled one wood crate “Floral Dock” and the other “Power Plants”.

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After adding the stickers, I seal the decorated wood with a coat of Mod Podge.

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Floral Dock crate is ready to be filled.

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I add the four mini bouquets to the box.

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The flowers add the perfect touch to the beautifully decorated crate.

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Overhead shot of the white mums in the lighter crate.

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OK, Floral Dock is done.

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Time to fill the Power Plants crate.

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After adding the water filled votives to the second crates…

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…I cut and added the purple spray mums to the votives.

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Both flower crates ready for transport up to NYC to mama. I placed them on top of the ground floor postal box so I can get them through the door and into the car.

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Since I’m transporting the flower crates from Bethesda to Brooklyn (with the flowers and water in place), I placed them on the floor of the passenger side seat so that I can keep them upright.

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And kept an anxious eye trained on my little beauties while driving them up to see mama.

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Really wish I got a snap of the look on her face when I greeted her with both flower boxes in my hand. It was truly priceless! Beaming, Xenia takes both her flower boxes and scurries inside to find a perfect place for them.

But after mounting the first two pipe and wood shelves in her bedroom, she chose to place them by her bedside. Power Plants on the left…

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…Floral Dock on the right.

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And here they are at Xenia’s…one on each side of her bedroom.

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This was one of three projects I did for Mama this weekend! Happy Mothers Day! V-

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