Perhaps this is my way of bringing more green indoors with the cooler seasons arriving, or just me finding new places to hang new plants in the house, ha! Either way, I love how this little DIY turned out.
In the process of winterizing our backyard, I found two sticks/branches I had saved from a tree we cut down in the beginning of summer. They were a lovely shape and color, and I knew they would come in handy when inspiration arrived. Indeed, inspiration did arrive when I suddenly noticed the wall directly across my front door seemed a little blank and needed a little love.
I immediately knew I wanted to fill that space with plants, so I figured a branch macrame plant hanger would be perfect.
This DIY didn’t take long at all to make, it was a wonderful way to use materials I already had, and up cycle ones that I found. I worked on this during nap time for two days, and re potted the plants with Penelope’s help while Oliver napped ; very doable for us busy mamas.
– String & Scissors
– Pots (I found these at a thrift store for $8.00)
– Indoor Plant you have around the house.
– Branch/Stick (from backyard)
TIP : I found the “pots” I used for the plants at a thrift store, and since they were not actually meant for plants, they didn’t have a draining hole. To make sure your plants grow well and it’s not too moist during watering, add a few pebbles at the bottom to allow the water to deposit there.
I started the macrame from the bottom. Measure the bottom of your pot, divide that in half, and that’s the length your first knot needs to be from the beginning of your macrame, to create a nice seat for the pot. I then continued trying neighbor strings to create a net, and made sure to place the pot on top often to make sure it fit well. You can do whatever decoration style of macrame you want on the string, I stuck to some simple spiral square knot pattern. If you want to know how to do these styles of knots, a helpful video here.
I screwed two hooks on one side of the stick, and separated them the same distance as the anchors existing on the wall. On the opposite side of where the hanging hooks are, I screwed four more for the plants to hang on. Once that’s done, hang the stick, and arrange your plants are you like, and voila!
I hope this inspired one of you. Such an easy project, but the result is so beautiful!
Ok, I’m pretty proud of this DIY. It’s not often that baby items can be used again once they’ve been outgrown, or just not needed any more, and baby items aren’t cheap. Soooo… when you accidentally find potential in an old baby item, and make it into something so pretty, it makes me so, damn, happy. Without further ado, a DIY plant hanger/ wall hanging made from old baby gates!
If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you’ll know that I always look DIYs to be simple, easy and affordable. A little creativity, love put into your craft, and you can make the most beautiful things from items that you already have in your home. In this case, baby gates that we were getting ready to discard , as we had replaced them. My husband had them stacked up against the garage wall until the next garbage day, and I just couldn’t throw them away; there was potential screaming out from them. Baby gates are an item all parents have, and hopefully this DIY gives you an idea of what you could do with them once your kids have outgrown them. The side of an old crib would work just as well! #yourewelcome
What you’ll need:
Old baby gates
Wire and Wire cutters
Small indoor plants you have around the house.
Picture Hanging Set (which you can get at the dollar store)
I started by giving the gates a good wipe, as they had their years worth of love from a toddler with sticky fingers, and a dog, ha! I then measured enough wire that could go around the perimeter of one pot, added about 2 inches to that, and cut them with the wire cutter.With the baby gate leaned up against the wall, I twisted the wire around one bar where I knew I wanted a plant to hang. Once one side was secure, I place my plant adjacent the baby gate, looped the wire around the pot, and secured it to the other side. Because the pot is wider at the top than it is at the bottom, the wire loop is enough to keep it secure and from falling down.Once I had wired a loop for all my plants, I screwed two small hooks to the back of the baby gate, and secured the wire it would hang it from, just like you would for a picture frame. What I found worked best, was to hang the gate first, and then add the plants. And voila!I love how it turned out! Such an easy way to create a wall hanging to display your plants, or pictures… the potential is endless really. I hope you enjoyed this, and that it inspires one of you. Thanks for reading! xo