Now that spring has finally sprung (hallelujah!), I’ve got plants, gardening, and everything outdoors on the brain. I wanted a set of hanging planters for my studio space because I want some greenery up there but have used up all my surface space. I fell in love with the Anthropologie Candy Dish Hanging Pot. It’s absolutely beautiful, but it costs $68.
Not in the budget…
After some digging around (gardening pun, get it?), I found a melamine bowl I got ages ago and realized I could make a pretty decent knockoff for well under ten bucks. Read on for the full tutorial.
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P.S. Thanks to Nicole for hand-modeling for the tutorial!
- Melamine bowl
- Multi-surface paint
- Clear spray paint
- Painter’s tape
- Brown leather or synthetic cord
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1. Place a piece of painter’s tape over the lip of the bowl at five evenly-space intervals. When we drill the holes later on, this will help keep the bowl from splitting.
2. Use a marker to make a dot about 1/4″ from the rim of the bowl in the middle of each piece of tape.
3. Place the bowl over a block of wood to give you a surface to drill into and stabilize. Go all the way through the bowl, making sure you’ve made a hole completely through. Repeat for the other four marks you made.
4. Peel off the painter’s tape. Use a multi-surface paint to freehand three rows of zigzags around the base of the bowl. Add another coat of paint or two to the stripes, until you’re happy with how opaque they are.
5. When the stripes are completely dry, spray the outside of the bowl with a couple coats of a clear spray paint to seal it, especially if you’ll be hanging your pot outdoors.
*Note: My bowl was really shiny, so I sanded it lightly first to give the paint something to adhere to.
6. Cut five pieces of brown cord to the same length. Thread a piece through each hole from the outside in. Tie a very tight knot in the cord inside the bowl, and trim off any excess. Once you’ve tied all five cords, grab them in a bundle at the top end, and knot them all together.
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Drill a hole or three in the bottom of the bowl just like you did for hanging
How do you water this? Sparingly? I’very always been leery of a hanging pot inside.
Hey Patricia — I think you have to be really particular about what sort of plant goes into a pot like this, but succulents seem to work well. You can just sprinkle a little water in weekly or so!
Great use of an inexpensive plastic bowl that someone might have thought to throw out. Great directions too.
Thanks so much, Shirlee! 🙂