Sunday, July 23, 2017

How to make a plant hanger with ceramic bowls

Lately I’ve been a little obsess about plants. Each Time I run to the hardware store I came out with an extra indoor plant . There is so many corners in the house to fill with greens. As I start to own a good number of plants, I'm always on the look for pretty and affordable planters. If I can’t find something I like, I recycle or divert daily objects. You will be surprise how many items you can use as cute planters.

I wanted to add green in our night hall. So I turn 3 ceramic bowls and some rope into a modern macrame hanging planter. This project is quite simple to make, very affordable and will turn any corner into an eye catching decor. 

Material you will need to make your plant hanger:

  • 3 Ceramic bowls
  • 30 yards of rope
  • A ruler
  • A curtain wooden ring
  • A pair of scissors
  • Super glue
  • Some nice plants

You will start by making a rope support to hold each bowl. Cut 8 pieces of rope of 30 inches each.

Make a knot at one end to hold the 8 pieces together. Don’t hesitate to tighten!  

Take a bowl and place it upside down, put the knot on the center and separate the 8 strings 2 by 2 to make a cross shape. Make a knot, at 2 or 3 inches from the center, to hold every pair of string together.

Take one string from each pair and join them with a knot, the rope between the first and the second row of knots will form a diamond shape.

Once you finish making the 4 knots of the second row, repeat the same process to create a third row of 4 knots.

If you use regular cereal bowl size, three row of knots will be enough to hold them. The rope holder must be large enough to hold the bowl completely into it.

Repeat the previous steps to create a rope support for each bowl. I made a three level planter but it will works as find with more bowls if you have room for it!
Now you need to attach all your bowl supports together to create your hanging planter. Cut two pieces of rope of 3 yards. Fold them in the middle and make a loop with them, passing the rope through the wooden ring. You must have 4 strings of 1 ½ yard hanging from the ring.

Attach each string with a knot to a first rope support. Try to have the same distance between the ring and each knot you make, help yourself using the ruler and make a small mark on each rope at a distance of 25 inches from the ring. It’s important if you want your bowl planters to hold horizontally!

Then attach the second and the third rope support below the first one, leaving a space of approximately 12 inches between each. Cut the extra rope length of each knot if necessary and add a dot of superglue. As the planter can become a little heavy when watering, this will avoid the knots from slipping.  

Put your plants into the bowls. As there is no drain hole, you can add some pebbles in the bottom before putting the soil and your plant.
The last thing you need to do, is drilling an hole in the ceiling and screw a hook. Use the wooden ring to hang your rope planter first, and then place your bowls planters into each rope support.
Enjoy you new green decor!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

5 Tips on how to maintain your garden

Keeping a garden clean and healthy requires proper maintenance. A well-kept yard is flourishing with beautiful flowers, and producing edible fruits and vegetables. Garden maintenance is a lot of work for some, but it’s surely a rewarding activity once you get used to it. Take a look at the 5 tips below to ensure your yard is always at its best shape.

1. Feed the soil
Healthy soil breeds healthy plants. Good soil is dark in colour and crumbly. In keeping your soil healthy, you must ensure that it is properly drained, has undergone testing, and is fertilized. Well-drained soil is optimal for growing roots. If your soil it too wet, it will pack together and make it hard for the roots to grow because of lack of space. Adding compost to your soil improves its nitrogen level and helps plants grow faster. It also adds minerals and nutrients to your soil, making it the perfect bed for your plants. It’s important to make sure your soil is ready before you start digging.

2. Water as needed
Be careful with watering your plants as well as your soil. As mentioned above, you don’t want your soil to be soaking wet. But you also don’t want your plants to dry out. Wetting the leaves doesn’t do much. Rather, you can water slowly and soak the ground just enough for the soil to be evenly moist. As much as possible, water your plants in the morning because wet plants at night are more likely to catch a disease.

3. Watch out for pests
Some insects are beneficial to your garden. But if it they’re causing damage then they definitely need to be controlled. Aphids, caterpillars, and cabbage maggots are just some of the most common garden insects that need to be eliminated. Pick out large bugs and drown them in soapy water. Smaller pests can be removed by washing your plants with a strong spray of water. You can also protect your plants by putting up floating row covers specially for vegetables.

4. Remove weeds and grass
Keep your garden clean by removing weeds and grass regularly. They compete for space and nutrients and could take away sustenance from your plants. Control weeds from growing by applying mulch to your soil. Don’t let them get any sunlight and smother them out completely. You can also apply certain herbicides that prevents weed and grass seeds from sprouting in your garden.

5. Harvest ripe fruits and vegetables
Naturally, you want to harvest your plants when they’re ready. Don’t let them rot and die in your garden. Remove any dead plants and throw them in the compost pile. Cut off dry leaves and flowers, and maybe change your fruits and vegetables according to season. Clean out any debris from your garden to prevent pests from getting shelter.

Keep your garden healthy and productive by heeding the tips above. Gardening is an exhausting job. But seeing your yard fruitful and beautiful makes all the effort worthwhile.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

How to build a floating frame

So glad to share with you the DIY I made in collaboration with Society 6. After several attempt, I'm finally satisfied with the wall decor of our night hall. I get great canvas prints from Society 6, and I mixed them with an African mask and a straw hat. I build floating frames around the two smaller canvas to enhance them and balance the wall arrangement. A few plants add some green around, which is always nice. Looking at the pictures, I realize that the top plank of the bookshelf need some sanding and an extra coat of stain to get rid of the marks, but beside that, I'm really happy with the look. What do you think?

You can find the complete step by step tutorial to build your own floating frames HERE, on the blog of Society 6. If you like the canvas displayed, you can find them here:

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Friday, July 14, 2017

How to create a vertical plant display

A nice way to freshen your space is adding house plants. You can choose to put them on a window ledge or to display them on a plant stand. With Bob Vila we had an original idea to create a green nook in any room, by building a ladder basket to display the plants vertically. It doesn’t take much space, and it allows you to gather all your plants in one place. It will looks nice next to your couch or in the kitchen to hold your aromatic herbs.

 You can find the complete tutorial HERE

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