Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY Hanging Planter Tutorial



At long last I finally got around to making a tutorial on these awesome and easy hanging planters.  Instead of paying $10-$15 for those "As Seen On TV" hanging planters (that are now sold in many stores) I made these for a fraction of the cost!


Materials You Will Need

2 Liter Pop Bottle
Picture Frame Hanging Wire
24 x 3/4 Machine Screws & Nuts
Wire Cutters
Drill (with sharp drill bit)
Small Hand Saw
Plant hanger
Potting Soil
Vegetable Starter or Seeds *

Directions


1.  Cut 3-4 inches off the bottom of the pop bottle with hand saw.
2.  Drill hole on each side of the pop bottle, evenly, to thread your screw through.  Fasten with nut.
3.  Cut piece of wire to your desired length however do not make it to long.
4.  Wrap each end of the wire several times around the screw until it is secure around the screw on each side.
5.  Fill pop bottle up about 1/5 with potting soil.
6.  Scatter seeds on top**
7.  Cover seeds with additional potting soil until about 3/4 of bottle is full of soil.
8.  If you are going to plant root plants too, sprinkle the seeds in just shy of the 3/4 of soil and then add a layer of soil on top of seeds.
9.  Hang on plant hanger under eaves but where there is good sunlight.
10.  Water regularly.


*The best types of starter or seeds to use in hanging planters are those that are vine type that typically use smaller growing spaces i.e. cucumber, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, etc.  You can also use some of the upper space with root vegetables such as carrots or radishes.

**If you are using a starter you will need to cut a portion of the top of the bottle where the neck is so the opening is a little bit bigger to thread the starter through.





In these two planters I planted peppers with seeds and then strawberries with a starter.

These took me about 15 minutes from start to finish.  Very simple project that even those with a black thumb can do.

Let me know if you decide to make one of these and what you end up planting.


I have linked this DIY project at Nifty Thrifty Things, Thrifty 101, Shabby Nest and Not Just A Housewife.

3 comments:

  1. Aren't you super clever. I'll have to remember this for strawberry growing when our warmer weather comes around again

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  2. Jenn,

    This is a great idea -my kids love starting seedlings, recycling, and playing in the dirt. They love raiding our recycle bin, and this time they could make something useful, instead of just "art" that only a mom can love. :)

    I followed you over from the Nifty Thrify linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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  3. I love projects that involve recycling, what a great idea! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday....you've been featured! Stop by and grab an "I was featured" button and link up any other fabulous projects you have!

    Hope to see you there!
    Michelle @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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