Felt Planter Beds for Child’s Room (With Hidden Toy Storage!)


I really feel like making DIY issues for Lola is really one among my best joys in life because it combines two of my favourite issues! Once we determined to modify Lola to an enormous child’s mattress, I knew I needed to make one thing that was just a little extra enjoyable for her than your common mattress. I added some Palm Springs-inspired components to a home mattress body and, should you ask me, cool crops are a should for any good ’60s ranch landscaping! I made a decision so as to add two planter packing containers that might have felt sansevieria crops “planted” in them, however I needed them to be crush proof and have hidden storage beneath, so I knew I needed to perform a little little bit of trial and error to search out the right recipe for fulfillment … took just a little little bit of tweaking however right here’s what I got here up with:

Provides for the two planter packing containers:
-four 20″ x 4′ x 3/4″ boards
-six 3.5 x 3′ x 3/4″ boards
-four 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3′ wood dowels
round noticed or jigsaw
-wood glue
-1 1/2″ wooden screws or nail gun

For the planters, you’ll need to create a field that matches no matter dimensions you’d like, however I’ll provide the dimension we made mine. I needed the completed packing containers to be 15″ excessive, 5″ deep, and 30″ lengthy for the planter close to the highest of the mattress and 37.75″ lengthy for the opposite planter on the backside of the mattress. For the 30″ vast field you’ll want to chop your wooden so that you’ve got two aspect panels which can be 15″ x 3.5″ (the 2 3/4″ thick back and front panels will make it 5″ deep general as soon as added), one backside panel that’s 28.5″ x 3.5″, and two panels for the back and front which can be 15″ x 30″. Use wooden glue and screws (or a nail gun) to connect the aspect panels to your backside panel, after which connect your again panel to the edges and backside.

Repeat the measurements in your 37.75″ vast field in case you are making a kind of, however simply make the size of the back and front board 37.75″ as a substitute of 30″, and your backside board size 36.25″ as a substitute of 28.5″.


After getting the edges and again of your board collectively, lower and add a strip of dowel rod to sit down about 2″ from the highest of your planter field all the way in which round. This would be the shelf your lid sits on. It’s simpler to connect and nail the dowel rod in earlier than you add the entrance panel because it will get to be a good area in there as soon as all sides are on, in order that’s why I might connect them on earlier than you end assembling your field. Connect a strip of dowel rod to the entrance panel as effectively in the identical spot so it will likely be a steady shelf all the way in which round when connected. Simply lower it 1/2″ shy of the perimeters on each side so it’s going to have room to sit down flush with the aspect dowels as soon as connected.

Add your entrance panel with glue and screws/nails and also you’re prepared to color your planter! Paint the field no matter colour you want.
For the lid, measure the within of your planter field and lower a chunk of wooden that matches the precise dimensions of the within (make it just a little smaller, if something, so it goes out and in simply). Use a drill and a jigsaw to chop a small 1/4-1/2″ vast slit down the center of your planter field lid to make a gap in your crops to “develop” via (must be centered on the board and about 2″ away from every edge). I drilled a gap sufficiently big for my jigsaw blade to suit into on every finish (that offers you some extent of entry in your noticed blade) after which used a ruler to attract straight strains to comply with with the noticed to the opposite finish. As soon as the slit was lower, I painted the highest of the lid a lightweight brown to be the “grime” that the crops are rising from.

Now it’s time to make your crops!

Felt Plant Provides:
plant template (proper click on to obtain)
-green felt in numerous shades (I received 1/2 a yard every of geranium, clover, and pistachio)
-felt for backside of planter lid
-hot glue gun
floral wire
-fabric scissors
-staple gun and staples
-small knobs (I used two of those per lid)

Obtain the plant template and lower out shapes for as many leaves as you need! You’ll want not less than a entrance and a again piece for every leaf, however it’s also possible to add a 3rd piece by chopping a second piece for the entrance aspect just a little smaller and in one other shade of inexperienced to provide you some extra dimension. If utilizing solely two layers, pin them collectively and stitch across the edge with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving 1″ of the underside open. If making a 3 layer multi-tone one, first sew your smaller totally different tone onto the entrance layer, then pin that complete entrance layer to the again layer and stitch once more all the way in which across the edge, leaving the underside open. Fold your floral wire in half and insert into the leaf with the 2 ends popping out the underside.
Fold one wire a method and the opposite the alternative method so it creates a flat backside for the plant.

Preserve repeating with all of your leaves! I principally would line up the leaves subsequent to my packing containers as I sewed them so I may see how full I needed the packing containers to be and knew what number of extra I wanted to make.

It’s an optionally available step, however you may see I additionally sewed a line up the middle of among the leaves and stopped proper earlier than I hit the center bend within the wire (once more skipping that 1″ on the underside to maintain it open). That may give the leaves just a little extra texture and maintain the wire from transferring round within the leaf as a lot.

As soon as I had sufficient leaves, I positioned them the place I needed them to go so as and overlapping as vital in regards to the width of the lid opening and used painter’s tape to maintain them collectively as I moved them.

I threaded the ends of the whole thing via the slit after which folded again the tabs and wires in reverse instructions.

Then, I used a staple gun to safe every wire/tab on each side of the opening (you may trim any additional wire bits which can be tremendous lengthy).

As soon as they had been connected, I lower a chunk of thick felt the identical measurement because the lid and use a glue gun to connect it to the underside of the lid to cowl over the wires and staples so it might look cleaner and never be a questions of safety when Lola opens the lids. I additionally added small knobs in reverse corners of the lid as a way to decide up the lid by the knobs to tug it off and put the lid again in place when accomplished.

Now your arduous work has paid off and your planters are prepared to make use of!


I can’t consider how cute these are—they’re precisely what I used to be imagining in my head and the floral wire makes them capable of get up on their very own. But any time they’re flattened you may bend them again proper into place, they usually look recent as a daisy once more! Lola thinks it’s so cool that she will cover issues in them and I like the way it appears to be like just like the leopard on her mattress is sleeping within the jungle behind the leaves. I like it when concepts come to life and whereas it took just a little little bit of trial and error to search out one of the simplest ways to make these, I actually love how they turned out! xo. Laura

FELT PLANTER BEDS FOR KID’S ROOM

Planter beds with hidden storage

Objects for planter packing containers

  • 4
    20″ x 4′ x 3/4″ boards
  • 6
    3.5 x 3′ x 3/4″ boards
  • 4
    1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3′ wood dowels 
  • round noticed or jigsaw
  • wooden glue
  • 1/2″ wooden screws or nail gun

How one can make the planter packing containers

  1. For the planters, you’ll need to create a field that matches no matter dimensions you’d like, however I’ll provide the dimension we made mine. I needed the completed packing containers to be 15″ excessive, 5″ deep, and 30″ lengthy for the planter close to the highest of the mattress and 37.75″ lengthy for the opposite planter on the backside of the mattress. For the 30″ vast field, you’ll want to chop your wooden so that you’ve got two aspect panels which can be 15″ x 3.5″ (the 2 3/4″ thick back and front panels will make it 5″ deep general as soon as added), one backside panel that’s 28.5″ x 3.5″, and two panels for the back and front which can be 15″ x 30″. Use wooden glue and screws (or a nail gun) to connect the aspect panels to your backside panel, after which connect your again panel to the edges and backside.

  2. Repeat the measurements in your 37.75″ vast field in case you are making a kind of, however simply make the size of the back and front board 37.75″ as a substitute of 30″, and your backside board size 36.25″ as a substitute of 28.5″.

  3. After getting the edges and again of your board collectively, lower and add a strip of dowel rod to sit down about 2″ from the highest of your planter field all the way in which round. This would be the shelf your lid sits on. It’s simpler to connect and nail the dowel rod in earlier than you add the entrance panel because it will get to be a good area in there as soon as all sides are on, in order that’s why I might connect them on earlier than you end assembling your field. Connect a strip of dowel rod to the entrance panel as effectively in the identical spot so it will likely be a steady shelf all the way in which round when connected. Simply lower it 1/2″ shy of the perimeters on each side so it’s going to have room to sit down flush with the aspect dowels as soon as connected.

  4. Add your entrance panel with glue and screws/nails and also you’re prepared to color your planter! Paint the field no matter colour you want.

  5. For the lid, measure the within of your planter field and lower a chunk of wooden that matches the precise dimensions of the within (make it just a little smaller, if something, so it goes out and in simply). Use a drill and a jigsaw to chop a small 1/4-1/2″ vast slit down the center of your planter field lid to make a gap in your crops to “develop” via (must be centered on the board and about 2″ away from every edge). I drilled a gap sufficiently big for my jigsaw blade to suit into on every finish (that offers you some extent of entry in your noticed blade) after which used a ruler to attract straight strains to comply with with the noticed to the opposite finish. As soon as the slit was lower, I painted the highest of the lid a lightweight brown to be the “grime” that the crops are rising from.

How one can make the felt crops

  1. Obtain the plant template and lower out shapes for as many leaves as you need! You’ll want not less than a entrance and a again piece for every leaf, however it’s also possible to add a 3rd piece by chopping a second piece for the entrance aspect just a little smaller and in one other shade of inexperienced to provide you some extra dimension.

  2. If utilizing solely two layers, pin them collectively and stitch across the edge with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving 1″ of the underside open. If making a 3 layer multi-tone one, first sew your smaller totally different tone onto the entrance layer, then pin that complete entrance layer to the again layer and stitch once more all the way in which across the edge, leaving the underside open. Fold your floral wire in half and insert into the leaf with the 2 ends popping out the underside.

  3. Fold one wire a method and the opposite the alternative method so it creates a flat backside for the plant.

  4. Preserve repeating with all of your leaves! I principally would line up the leaves subsequent to my packing containers as I sewed them so I may see how full I needed the packing containers to be and knew what number of extra I wanted to make.

  5. It’s an optionally available step however you may see I additionally sewed a line up the middle of among the leaves and stopped proper earlier than I hit the center bend within the wire (once more skipping that 1″ on the underside to maintain it open). That may give the leaves just a little extra texture and maintain the wire from transferring round within the leaf as a lot.

    As soon as I had sufficient leaves, I positioned them the place I needed them to go so as and overlapping as vital in regards to the width of the lid opening and used painter’s tape to maintain them collectively as I moved them.

  6. I threaded the ends of the whole thing via the slit after which folded again the tabs and wires in reverse instructions.

  7. Then I used a staple gun to safe every wire/tab on each side of the opening (you may trim any additional wire bits which can be tremendous lengthy).

  8. As soon as they had been connected, I lower a chunk of thick felt the identical measurement because the lid and used a glue gun to connect it to the underside of the lid to cowl over the wires and staples so it might look cleaner and never be a security concern when Lola opens the lids. I additionally added small knobs in reverse corners of the lid as a way to decide up the lid by the knobs to tug it off and put the lid again in place when accomplished.

    Now your arduous work has paid off and your planters are prepared to make use of!

Credit // Creator and Pictures: Laura Gummerman. Mission Assistant: Collin DuPree. Pictures edited with ACS for Desktop Actions.

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