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Video game craft = win #12
A super awesome Mario planter box. You can modify this DIY and make a pencil holder or box for your crafts or a remote control holder....Anything your imagination can think up!! Scale it down or make it gigantic!

I have added a picture of a Question Mark Box in the 'attachment' section if you need it for a reference.

Posted by Hello Sweet Taco from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Hello Sweet Taco's 21 projects »
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  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grab your clay and cut off a nice chunk. Put down some baking paper and roll the clay out nice and flat, I made mine 1/2cm thick.

    I found a square box lid so used that like a cookie cutter to cut out the sides of my planter. If you don't have one you can use a ruler to measure and make sure all the sides are completely the same, then cut it out with a butter knife.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    After I cut out all the sides I used a bottle lid to cut a hole in the base, this is so the water can drain out the bottom. If your not making a planter box you can skip this step.

    I then spread out all my pieces on baking paper to let them dry.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    You need to wait until the sides are semi dry, this is so that they are still soft enough to score but hard enough to stand up without flopping over. Scoring the sides helps the box grip together, do this with a toothpick or knife.

    Mix up some clay and water into a paste, use this on the sides to join the box. make sure you do it on the inside and outside. Smooth it all out using your hands and once all the sides are together leave it to dry for at least 24 hours in a mid temperature room.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next, If you are making a planter box you must put a sealer over the clay, this will help keep moisture out so it doesn't get into the clay and destroy it. I did about 3 coats on mine.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Time to paint!
    You can use a paint brush but I found a foam roller and tray to be the most effective and give the best finish.

    Mix up some brown and paint the box leaving just one side blank. Make sure to paint the bottom and inside. I did 2-3 coats.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use making tape around the box horizontally to create lines, mine were about 7mm wide. Roll black paint all over the surface, once dry remove tape.

    Mask vertical lines on the box and paint them black also. When you remove the tape you should have a brick pattern!

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    Using a picture of the Question Mark Box for a reference, mix up the colours and paint the side we left blank. Use masking tape to mask around the bricks so you don't have any paint spilling over.

    I painted the question Mark using transfer paper and a print out of the original blown up to size. I found this to be the easiest but you can use making tape to achieve this if you want.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    When paint is dry you can either use a brush on or spray varnish. Brush on: do about 2 coats. Spray on: 3-4 coats. I used gloss to give it a shine.

  • How to make a vase, pot or planter. Mario Planter Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Done! Now plant a Fire Flower and you're ready to tackle any enemy that may come your way.

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Kitty
Kitty · Okotoks, Alberta, CA · 18 projects
OMG best idea ever!
Hello Sweet Taco
Hello Sweet Taco · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 30 projects
Thank you! ^^
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