Emma's garden planter box will look great decorating a front porch, and it makes a great gift for a friend with a green thumb. We've decorated it with beautifully detailed brass dragonflies and a butterfly that threatens to steal the show. Fill this box with seeds, gloves and other gardening supplies to turn it into a gift box or keep it for yourself and plant it with your favorite flowers. If you like this planter box, be sure to look at the rest of the set. It's designed to go with Emma's Garden Watering Can and Emma's Garden Flower Pot.
Pick up a dark green planter box at your local store. You can find the rest of the supplies needed for this project on Artbeads.com
Step one: The beaded chains dangling from the central pendant are glued to it in advance. To create the dangles, cut seven pieces of antique brass-plated cable chain, each about 1 1/2 inches long. You'll want to vary the lengths slightly so that the beads hang at different levels. Attach the three Czech glass leaves to their respective chains using a wire wrap. For help making a wire wrap, see the Handy Tip in the Learning Center. For the remaining dangles use the 5x3.5mm turquoise roundelle, 10mm emerald deep cut nugget, 10mm Hawaiian colors deep cut nugget, 8mm emerald deep cut nugget and the 8mm turquoise Picasso deep cut nugget. Use the brass wire to form a head pin by bending the tip of the wire around and squeezing it with pliers. You may need to curl the wire one more time like a coil before squeezing to make sure that the bead will not fall off. Thread the bead or beads onto the wire and finish with a simple loop. For help making a simple loop, see the Handy Tip in the Learning Center. Repeat for the remaining beads. Attach these to their chains using a simple loop.
Step two: Cut a 1 1/2 inch piece of 22 gauge bronze wire and slide it through the top loop of all seven chains in the order you want them to hang. Bend the wire in half and twist it together. Now you're ready to glue the chain bundle you to the antique brass in flight pendant. Set the butterfly on your work surface so that the top of the butterfly is facing the table. We threaded a twisty tie between its wings to temporarily hold the twisted wire to the butterfly. You can do this, too. Just make sure not to apply glue near the twisty tie or it could become a permanent fixture to your design! Apply a liberal amount of E6000 glue to the butterfly and press the twisted wire into it, using the twisty tie to hold the wire in place until it dries. When the glue has completely dried, remove the twisty tie and apply more glue to the butterfly and attach the butterfly to the box.
Step three: Prepare the two antique brass Isabella's grace pendants. Use nylon jaw pliers to bend the wings of these dragonflies to the shape of the box's corners. Attach them to both corners of the front of the box using E6000 glue.
Step four: Glue on the cabochons with Gem-Tac permanent adhesive. You'll follow the curve of the decorative pattern on either side of the butterfly, alternating between turquoise 6x8mm oval glass cabochons and green opal 6x8mm oval glass cabochons. Nine cabochons are on each side. Attach the turquoise 10x12mm oval glass cabochon. Center it above the butterfly's antennas.
Approximate size: Our planter box measures 11x8x5½-inches Estimated time: Under two hours Difficulty level: Beginner