What a great idea. Using strips of reclaimed wood to cover this blue plastic barrel, or any ugly pot, into a great looking planter.
Your local hardware store should have a scrap wood pile where you can find discounted wood that could be perfect for a project like this. Many will cut your wood for free.
You can also find scrap wood in other places, like construction site dumpsters, or by using the wood from old pallets. You’ll want to cut, sand, and stain the wood.