This year, henceforth known as “Is This Really Happening Year”, has been crazy for everyone. Amongst so many issues, we are millions to have had our daily life turned upside down by going from 0 to 100% remote work. It’s not always easy to find space in your home for work and even harder to make it conducive to good work. I want to make a contribution by sharing this DIY Mini Hanging Planter for Desk! No matter how big or small your home office, you will have enough space for this uplifting piece of greenery. Make it, share it, gift it!
Making the Hanging Post
1 To begin, find a metal coat hanger. It’s a fact that the best coat hangers for DIYing are your partner’s, not yours. Cut it with pliers like in picture A and bend one end to make up the hanging hook (picture B). On the other end, bend the wire into a flat V shape like picture C – this will help set the hanger in the concrete and make sure it doesn’t slide out. The finished hanging post should look like picture D. You can apply a coat or 2 of gold paint at this stage.
2 Next, mix up your concrete according to your manufacturer’s instruction. Pour it in a silicone cup (the kind you bake muffins in is perfect but any shape would work). Stick your metal hanging post in the concrete mix making sure that it is near the edge and the hanging hook is directed towards the centre (if you stick the hanging post in the centre, your planter might fall over when you hang the plant!).
Knotting the Macrame Frame
3 While the concrete is setting, you can make the macrame framework for the planter. Start by knotting 8 lengths of embroidery floss like in picture A. Next, knot the threads 2 by 2 at a distance of 3 or 4″ from the first knot (picture B). One inch below, make another round of knots but change the pairs, like in picture C and D.
Finish your second row of knots by joining the last 2 threads – it should now look like picture E. Next, add a third round of knots one inch below (picture F and G). When you have finished the last row of knots, make a final knot one inch below with all the threads. Cut the threads 3″ after the final knot to leave a tail.
Assembling the DIY Mini Hanging Planter
4 When your concrete has dried fully, unmould it. Slide in some wooden beads onto the metal wire and push them towards the concrete base. If your beads have a narrow opening and won’t go through the bends in the wire, take a pair of pliers and unbend the wire. You can bend it back into shape after you have added the beads.
Insert your mini planter into the macrame frame and hang it to the hook of the hanging post to finish your DIY mini hanging planter. You’re done – now go ahead and make 5 for your remote working friends!