Neon planter

March 21, 2013

Hi there Drifter & the Gypsy readers! Dani here. I popped over from my blog to share with you the easiest and snazziest DIY to jazz up your porch or balcony.

I don’t know about you, but I love having potted plants around my house. A little bit of greenery goes a long way to make a place a little more homey. But you see, I have some little enemies who wish to ruin my homemaking: possums. The cheeky little critters keep munching on my plants. No matter what I do to keep them away, they always come back for more!

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I think I may have finally found the solution in the form of hanging planters, but I don’t really like the ones you can pick up from the hardware store. They are a little boring for my tastes. I certainly won’t let some possums ruin my pretty patio, so I’m going to show you how to whip up a great hanging planter yourself and it only takes around 10 minutes!

What you need: Some thin, nylon rope in the colour of your choice, (I found this pink line marking rope at my local hardware store), scissors, a pot or bowl, and some plants.

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1. First measure out 8 lengths of rope of equal size. The sizes may vary depending on how big your pot in, but I would say at least 45 inches (120cm).

2. Line up the ends of the 8 pieces and tie into one big knot around 6 inches (15cm) away from the end. Double knot it to be sure it’s secure.

3. Take two pieces at a time and tie them into a knot about 3 inches (8cm) above the base knot. Repeat with the next two pieces and so on until all 8 have been joined at least once and you have four knots.

4.  Split the pairs you just knotted together, tying each piece of rope to its neighbouring piece to create four new knots around 3 inches (8cm) away from the last set. (You can repeat this step if your pot or bowl needs more support). You will have made a kind of loose net.

5. Place your pot into the middle of the rope, with the base knot in the center of the pot/bowl.

6. Pull all of the pieces of rope together above the pot/bowl and adjust the loops around the bowl until the pot sits flat and securely when you lift it into the air.

7. Knot the rope above your pot (depending on the height of your plants) and tie off into a large knot. You can now hang your planter by tying the rope around a hook or beam. Ensure to knot securely – you don’t want it to fall down!

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Hooray! Look how easy it is to make a pretty and affordable hanging planter. Make a whole bunch and hang them at varying lengths to create a stylish set, or even make some to give away as gifts!

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Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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