This is about the time of year I start thinking, “How can I make everything suck less?” January! Am I right!? It’s like. The worst. I really do try my darnedest to not be negative but I swear I can’t even help it in the last half of winter. I just don’t like cold and snow and I miss color and life so much!
So this is usually about the time every year that I decide to bring some greenery in to my house and it really always does cheer me up. I am making it my goal this year to add even more because I know its good for the air, and now I’m convinced it’s also good for the soul.
If I live up to this goal then I’m sure I’ll have lots of DIY planter projects, for now we’re kicking it off with this one. It was actually inspired by a planter I saw on Urban Outfitters over a year ago. I loved it and discovered I already had all the items on hand to make it myself. Then Panda Hall sent us some beads that were perfect for adding the finishing touches so I finally completed the planter, hung it and filled it with some happy green leaves! Now here’s to hoping I keep them alive!….
- Wire planters in two sizes (I found the bigger one at Dollar Tree and the small one at the thrift store but tons of sizes can be found in any big box store) //
- Beads, these are the ones we used //
- Embroidery floss //
- Rope – 3 yards //
- Spray paint (and primer if it’s not already in the paint)
1. Spray paint your wire baskets and allow to dry.
2. Tie the end of your rope around the top of your big wire basket into a knot.
3. Measure 12″ out from that knot and mark it.
4. Tie a knot around the top of the little basket, keeping your mark on the top wire while you tie. Measure 12″ out again and cut there.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 twice more, making sure to place your knots equidistant from each other on each basket.
6. Take your chosen color embroidery floss (I used Ecru) and fold it in half.
7. Cut a small bit of floss off and use this to tie around the folded end of the floss.
8. Cut the bottom of these bunches to make little tassels.
9. Attach a variety of beads onto the tassels by tying knots underneath them in the floss.
10. Use the remaining strands of floss that you tied around the tassels to tie the tassels onto the basket where you attached the rope.
11. Use another small length of floss to tie around the top of your rope strands. Hold the baskets up by these strands and make sure they all hang evenly.
12. Then, tie some remaining rope around this to make a knot.
I like how minimal this planter is while still providing a nice pop of color! The tassels especially make me happy and, as you know, that’s what I really need right now :)
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