Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DIY Hanging Planter

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

I bought another plant that I'm going to kill. An impulse buy, I decided to trust the person at the grocery store that "sure, this plant will be fine in filtered light." I'm fairly certain that people don't believe me when I tell them that I have no direct sunlight in my apartment. Yes, I live in a cave. Or at least cave-like.

I finally looked up the plant I bought on reverse image search. It definitely prefers sun. It's a Kalanchoe Paddle Plant. And it's adorable. I totally fell for it's pretty face.

The moral of this story is that I am not allowed to impulse buy plants. I only trust people at nurseries. And I need to remember to find plants for my environment; I'm not able to change my environment to suit a plant's needs.

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

A botanist friend has beautiful orchids that he grows in his garage with grow lights, climate control, the whole she-bang. He tells me that the hardest part about growing plants is figuring out what they need and then providing it for them. As soon as you try to fit a plant that's not suited to your environment into your life, it's destined to fail.

Even though I'm destined to fail, I've moved the plant to the brightest spot in the apartment and hope to put off the inevitable. I even made a hanging planter for it.

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

Clean & Empty Can (large enough to fit your plant and then some)
Clean & Empty Plastic Container (small enough to fit inside the can)
Craft Knife
Spray Paint
Hole Punch
Small ring (key rings work great)

Put your plastic container inside the can and mark where to cut. Use the craft knife (or scissors if it's soft enough plastic) to cut the top off your plastic container. You want the plastic container to sit just under the lip of the can when it's cut.

Turn your plastic container upside down and put in drainage holes. I put one in each of the petals of the bottom of the soda bottle. Make little Xs with your craft knife and then gently fold up a triangle for each X.

If you're planning to hang this, take your hole punch and punch three roughly even-spaced holes just under the rim of the can. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but is definitely doable.

Paint your can in a well ventilated area. I like to invert it on top of another can or something thin, but taller than it so that edges don't get stuck to anything while it's drying. Just make sure it's stable! I usually spray in one area and then move it to a more protected area with a fan on it to dry. And it's awful to tip over a freshly painted can.

I used chalkboard paint*, but any paint will do!

My can took two coats of paint and then I let it dry overnight even after it was dry to the touch.

Re-pot your plant into the plastic container.

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

Figure out where you want your plant to hang and how long the string needs to be. Cut a little more than double that length in string three times. Take one piece of string, fold it in half and tie the folded part to the ring. Do the same thing with each piece of string. You'll have three knots in a row on the ring with the ends of the strings all hanging down to the same height. Now use the measurement of how long your plant will hang down and mark with a felt pen on all the strings. Tie each pair of strings to a hole on the can. Use the mark on each string as the point to make the knot so you get three even strings.

Hang up your can by the ring then place your newly potted plant into the can.

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

Tips for hanging:

I used cup hooks*, but I only have small plants hanging from them. And I made sure they're screwed directly into wood. If you aren't going to put a hook into a stud, make sure you anchor it. If you weigh the new potted plant, can, etc, someone at a hardware store can direct you to what you'll need to safely hang it.

Hanging Upcycled Planter | Red Circle Crafts

I'm still looking for full-shade, small house plants that won't kill my cat. Recommendations are totally welcome.

PS That kitty planter DIY is here.

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  1. It has a chance :) Just don't give it too much water (rot) & it may grow stretched, looking for the light, but it can survive! For kitty friendly plants, you could try a Parlour Palm or Aspidistra - both are non-toxic (according to the ASPCA website) and are really hardy plants :)

  2. Thanks for the vote of confidenceconfidence and the recommendations! I'll check out those plants.