When I bought the wood canvas used for this project, I didn’t buy it to make a house number sign. Actually I found it on clearance at Target about two years ago in their modern craft section and just thought it was a cool idea. Living in a mid-century inspired modern house and loving the clean wood lines of mid-century furniture and art, of course I purchased this wood canvas on clearance just knowing that one day I would figure out something modern to make with it. Two years later, I have finally used it, along with my Cricut Joy™ machine, to make a one of a kind, diy modern house number sign with a bucket planter.
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This wood canvas is from Target’s Hand Made Modern 11 x 14 Artist Panel Board. Similar ones can be found on Amazon.
I can’t tell you how many times I have moved this wood canvas from shelf to shelf in my craft room over the last two year. Or picked it up to hold it and ponder what to do with it. One project idea was to paint it white and use a stencil pattern on it. But I really don’t do stencils that well and didn’t want to mess up a great piece of wood on something I was even convinced I would like.
Next, I thought about learning how to create those beautiful looking stained wood technique where the crafter uses stain in various colors and time lapse to create stunning looking flowers and art on furniture. I even went so far to put the base coat of stain on the wood canvas – but again never embraced the concept long enough to actually work on it.
Another six months or more passed and I now had a stained piece of wood canvas but no project to go with it.
During the last couple of weeks while we were all quarantined at home I of course like so many others, spent a lot of time online browsing through pin after pin on Pinterest just absorbing ideas and inspiration. One day I came across an idea with a piece of wood with a metal galvanized bucket attached to it for a hanging planter. Light bulb moment for me! I had everything I needed already in the house to make this project. I would instead make it as a house number sign with a planter.
Like I have already mentioned, I had previously treated and stained the wood canvas. It first got a coat of MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner followed by one coat of light colored stain in MinWax Stain in Early American. Before using the wood canvas panel for this project, I sprayed it down with Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Glaze, just one coat, to seal it for the outdoor weather.
The long oval galvanized bucket I had found last summer at a thrift store for $2.00 (tulip bulbs included) but had never done anything with it. It was actually the right size for this project.
Originally, I had made the house numbers on my Cricut Joy™ using their Smart Vinyl™ in Permanent in Silver, but it just didn’t pop up enough on the stained wood. So I remade the numbers in the Smart Vinyl™ Permanent in White Glossy. Of course I used the Cricut Design Space™ software to create the font and numbers in about 4 1/2 inches high in size. After cutting out the numbers, I used the Cricut Joy™ Transfer Tape to transfer the decals to the top right corner of the wood canvas.
This wood canvas is sturdier than a regular cloth canvas, but certainly wasn’t made to hold up a lot of weight. Luckily the galvanized bucket was light weight enough to attach to the wood canvas with Gorilla Glue.
My husband suggested we drill small screws through the bucket and wood panel but both agreed it might split the wood. For now the Gorilla Glue works just fine.
I also know that anything I put inside the galvanized bucket needed to be lightweight as well so I didn’t plan on actually using the bucket as a planter, but mostly as a holder that I could use for different things, especially small potted plants or faux flower stems. Something easy to change out with the seasons and holidays.
For example, I first tried out an arrangement of faux succulent stems in the bucket. I will be using this look often for the wood canvas sign and planter.
The plants and faux flowers will be changed with each season at our side entrance.
I had recently visited our local garden nursery center and purchased several small potted plants that will be transplanted to my hanging planters for this summer. These small pots fit perfectly in the galvanized bucket. So my side entrance currently has this new updated and fun look with brightly colored yellow flowers and a new house number sign.
These striped yellow flowers are called Superbells in Lemon Slice by Proven Winners. Loved them to minute I saw the at the nursery.
Eventually this new house number sign and planter will hang at my front door but the front deck area needs some love and attention in repairs and paint before I start to decorate that area later this summer.
Make something new for your outdoor spaces this weekend!
Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.”