June 12

Stylish DIY Succulent Planter in Florham Park, NJ

Incredible! A woodworker in Florham Park, New Jersey sent us photos of a recent creation, this DIY succulent planter, and it is truly impressive work. 

The craftsman Martin built this stylish planter out of what looks like cedar. He works with softwoods enough to know they can always benefit from an extra measure of protection. Martin applied some Woodrich Brand Timber Oil to guard his creation against sun damage or any moisture from the plants.  

Setting up for the project
Martin working on the planter, in his very clean garage

The Many Colors of Timber Oil Stains

Martin’s submission was missing the color of Timber Oil he used, so we are not completely sure which one it is. Each type of wood and application can change the result, as well as how freshly the stain was applied in the pictures. It looks like Martin used the Warm Honey Gold for his DIY succulent planter. If you have a theory on what color it is, we would love to hear people’s guesses. 

For reference, here are some other examples of wood stained with different colors of Timber Oil.

This is the Brown Sugar color Timber Oil on a pressure-treated pine deck. 

Here is another example of Warm Honey Gold, on a cedar deck in Wisconsin.

The Woodrich Signature Brown on some pine stairs in Lexington, VA.

The reddish Western Cedar on a PT pine deck in Iowa.

And finally, here is an Amaretto-stained cedar deck in Michigan.  

Which Appeals to You?

Each color of Timber Oil gives a unique look to any woodworking project or home addition you want to undertake. Deep penetrating oil stains work best on softwoods like cedar, redwood, pine, and fir. 

Four of the colors are available in the Timber Oil Stain Sample Kit, which is a great way to try out this stain on a sample of the wood you are using for your deck, stairs, or woodworking project. The sample size is fairly big, and some customers have told us they buy Sample Kits just for their small projects. Other crafty DIYers have used any stain leftover from restoring a deck or wood siding to do other small projects. 

Martin’s DIY Succulent Planter

From the pictures that were sent in, Martin stained the pieces of cedar before assembling the DIY succulent planter. This is a great way to ensure you have an easier time applying the stain, and staining before building allows you to cover every surface. 

Looking good! Just needs some soil and plants now
Stylish and stunning! A beautiful creation
Looks like Martin measured carefully; everything lines up perfectly

A Beautiful and Long-Lasting DIY Succulent Planter

The Warm Honey Gold color pops next to the rich greens of all the plants in the metal planter box. Those succulents and the sansevieria will be much happier indoors. But, even outdoors, this planter would survive the elements thanks to Woodrich Brand Timber Oil

How to Add Color to Your Wood Project

Timber Oil goes on in one quick coat, and it soaks into the wood in only a day or two in a dry, hot environment. You can spray it on, apply it with a rag, brush or pad, or even just dip small pieces into a bucket of the stain. For small projects like this DIY succulent planter, dipping would work great since you can just dunk it and let it dry. 

For larger projects like the decks and stairs pictured above, you will want to use a specialized wood cleaner and brightener like UD80 and Citralic, which means a Woodrich Brand Restoration Project Kit is a great place to start. And if you have any Timber Oil leftovers, you can get creative like Martin!




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