What does one do with copious amounts of embroidery hoops? Well how about make a hanging planter for your back deck.
I took a white bowl, a single embroidery hoop and my favourite permanent adhesive glue, E6000.
I put the glue on the bottom of the bowl where it met the hoop, pressed down and then it dry overnight in a Disney on Ice bucket I stole from my older daughter’s room.
Added a plant.
And you’ve got yourself a pretty cool hanging planter.
That does a lot of rotating in the wind.
How much did this cost me?
Embroidery hoop – $.50 cents
Bowl – $1.25
E6000 glue – pre-owned (approx $5 give or take)
Plant – $1.99 (called the Rosy Glow Sedum)
For a grand total of $4.22, taxes included.
If you’re worried about the durability of the E6000 glue and are thinking “Ok that bowl is just going to come crashing down”, here is an example of where I glued an embroidery hoop around a glass globe for a homemade bird feeder last year. That bird feeder hung outside through a Canadian Summer, Fall and Winter and I still couldn’t have pried off that hoop with a crowbar if I tried. This is a very good adhesive and my go to for any major permanent glue projects.
As for the other hoops, I have so many projects coming up that I need to do with them because we’ve moved that collection from storage bin to storage bin in our basement so many times that it’s high time they get put to good use.
Now get outside this weekend if you can! Spring is finally here in our neck of the woods so cheers to gardening season starting.
I’ve had several inquiries about whether or not to have a drainage hole for the plant pot. So if you are concerned about that you have several options before you make this.
- Use a plant pot that has a drainage tray at the bottom.
- Drill a hole into the bottom of the bowl/pot that you are using.
- Place a layer of pebbles or rocks under the plant soil to create a water reservoir for the excess water.
A lot of this depends on the plant you choose, where you live and the climate in your area, as well as if you are going to be hanging the planter indoors or outdoors. Please that that into consideration when making it.
1. Slide off the plastic ‘candle’ holders and remove all electrical/wiring from the chandelier using the wire cutters.
2. Attach terra cotta saucers using epoxy putty and glue. The epoxy putty helped to keep the things in place since clamping isn’t possible.
Repeat for attaching the pots. I let the glue dry 1-2 hours before spray painting and allowed it to cure several days before planting.
3. Spray paint the entire thing (even your chain if you’ll be using it). I found that hanging the chandelier from a low tree branch to be the easiest process (especially if the chandelier’s shape doesn’t sit level) but you could also do a 2 step process (position upside down on drop cloth/cardboard, spray paint, dry, flip and the spray from top and let dry). Some parts of the chandelier’s design may also be removable (simply unscrew) and can be taken apart for spray painting if needed. Wear a mask if you’re working under poorly ventilated conditions or breezy weather and eye protection.
4. Dry. Since I worked in advance, the chandeliers had several days to dry/cure. The glue did expand and become visible. And a little scratching of the paint happened in places as well. But as we say around here, “imperfection adds character” and those things are not something you pick out and focus on when the project is complete (any imperfections stand out in the completed project below?… nope!) You could lightly sand and spray a base primer on your chandelier as well.
5. Plant! We had several color coordinated flower options on hand as well as some ivy and used Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil – perfect for container gardens.
6. Water according to plant instructions. NOTE: The Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix protects against over & under watering. Virtually fool-proof if you do not possess a green thumb.
7. Hang! Ta-da…
Note: My chandelier planter is hanging from a plant hook on our patio. Sunlight and watering are not an issue. The design of some of the chandeliers posted above also allow for table top display. I only ‘display’ my chandelier planter like a ‘chandelier’ on our covered patio as party decorating (a few hours then back to the hook). Also, drainage is limited due to the glue however, I water daily and the Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil contributes to a healthy balance.
Hey friends! If this project isn’t transforming something from cheap to chic, I don’t know what is! I had this idea over the weekend to “artify” my boring flower pots. Actually, I feel weird even calling them flower pots because although that is what they are, they are really just those ugly plastic containers that hold your flowers before you plant them. The whole idea is usually to just throw those away, but I say why not recycle them into something you can use!?
Here’s how you make them. All you will need is some sand paper, newspaper, a paint brush or two, a primer, a light grey base paint (or whatever colour you like, as long as it’s lighter), another darker shade for the texture, and a black paint. I used paint I had left over from painting my house for this project.
You’ll want to start by sanding your pot. Yes, this is what it looked like “before”! Sanding gets rid of that shiny coating and makes the paint adhere to it better.
Prime your pot with a latex primer. Don’t forget to do the inside, or at least enough of the inside that may be visible.
Once the primer is dry (I did this outside so everything dried super quick in the sun!), paint on your base layer. Mine was a light grey. I did two coats.
Next, grab your darker shade (mine was a teal colour as that’s all I had available), and crinkle up a piece of newspaper. Dab the newspaper into the paint, then dab it onto another piece of newspaper to get rid of some of the paint. Then go nuts and blot the paint all over your pot.
When that is dry, mix a black paint with water to create a wash and apply it to the pot…
While it’s still wet, blot it off with a rag. The black will stick to some of the lighter areas and give it that stone effect.
Once that is done, dip your paintbrush into the black wash again and lightly tap the brush over your pot to create a splatter effect. You might want to practice this on a piece of paper or something first to get the hang of it.
You’re done! It might be a good idea to finish this with a clear varnish if you plan on keeping your plants outdoors.
Wine Bottle Planters, beautiful. Cut off the bottom of the bottles. We wouldn’t be able to use potting soil as our planting medium. From the look of the pictures, it seems moss was used—perhaps peat? Wire bound or small rope tied just below the bottle’s threads is all we’d need to hang. You don’t need to wire in the plant. You have to give it at least 2 weeks growing, with the bottle upside down & the plant growing upward in the natural position. When the roots take, it should stay put after hanging. If you are unsure, a light wire cage & moss can be used but don’t inhibit the root growth.