DIY Project Wishing Well Garden Planter – Coastal Style

DIY Project: Wishing Well Garden Planter - Coastal StyleLast month my mom gave me an old wooden wishing well flower planter that she picked up at a local yard sale for $1.00. She was going to sit it out on her deck, but then decided to give it to me. She decorates in a country-style, so I knew right away that I would have to paint it and decorate it to fit within my beach & coastal style landscaping.

Today, I’m going to share with you how I did it, just in case you want to try a similar type of project.

DIY Project: Wishing Well Garden Planter - Coastal Style

First…I used 2 cans of white “matte finish” exterior spray paint. To cover up all of that dark red color, I needed to do three coats over the entire wishing well. Since I did the project on a hot 90 degree day, I only had to let each coat of paint dry for about 20-30 minutes before spraying it again.

Once it was completely dry, I added 2 coats of exterior clear glossy sealer over-the-top. It’s found in the spray paint section and will protect the wood from weather & sun damage. During the winter season I store my goodies in our garden shed and then in the springtime, I’ll hit some of them again with a light coat of the spray sealer to keep them looking nice.

DIY Project: Wishing Well Garden Planter - Coastal Style

Every time we go down to the beach house I will talk numerous walks up & down the beach collecting seashells and other beach goodies. I clean them and then store them in plastic bins to use on craft projects or as decorations & landscaping accents around our home.

When gluing seashells onto my craft projects I like to use E6000 Adhesive. It comes in a squeeze tube and is very strong! I like to apply it using a cotton swab onto the seashell or sea stone and then adhere it to my project. You’ll want to let everything sit and dry for at least 12 hours or overnight. Don’t use hot glue, regular craft glue, etc. Those won’t hold up to summer heat, winter cold, rain, etc. Trust me, you need to use a good adhesive like E-6000.

DIY Project: Wishing Well Garden Planter - Coastal Style

For now, I have a planter sitting inside my wooden wishing well with cats & kittens in it. However, I’m thinking about filling up the well with some sand and tossing in some pieces of drift wood, conch shells & other large seashells that I’ve found on my travels. Sigh…decisions!

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  1. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I Just Love this Beautiful white wishing well… It is so darn pretty. I love how you put all the pretty shells on top. It so nice that you can walk along the Beach at night and find shells and other ornamental things to decorate your projects. Your Yard must look so Beautiful. We are planning on moving to Florida in about 2 yrs with our Daughter and our Son in law… Hopefully then I can walk the beachy sands and find some sea shells to use for my own Projects. I really enjoyed this post! Thank You for sharing….

  2. Just lovely and those shells are so cute. I agree with you on the E6000 Adhesive. I’ve used it on everything, even heels of shoes coming off! I like the looks of drift wood too and it would make a nice display.