03.26.15

DIY HANGING PLANTER

This DIY, brought to you by Alyssa Hoppe, is a modern twist on Japanese string gardens known as Kokedamas. I love the contrast of the thin string with the hanging plant, and the natural wooden blocks and beads on the string make it even more beautiful. What a great way to add some life to your home or office…

Materials:

• Hellebore
• Orchid
• Rhipsalis Capilliformis
• Sheet Moss
• Peat Moss
• Akedama (clay bonsai soil)
• Waxed Cotton String
• Round Wood Beads
• Square Wood Blocks

Tools:

• Drill
• Drill bit
• Embroidery needle
• Scissors
• Gloves
• Water Bucket
• Bowl

How-To:

• First, drill holes in the blocks and set them aside.

• Next, soak your sheet moss in water for 5-10 minutes. Set aside while you prep the plant.

• Take your plant of choice and gently remove the soil, exposing the roots.

• Cut long pieces of string and lay them across each other in the bowl. The strings should be long enough to tie around around the root ball.

• Lay the soaked sheet moss inside the bowl on top of the string.

• Next, lay down a thin layer of peat moss on top of the sheet moss

• Make a soil mixture of 70% peat moss, 30% akedama.

• Using this mixture, form a ball around the roots of your plant.

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• Lay the root ball in the bowl on top of the peat moss layer and tie the strings around the root ball.

• When all of the strings are tied, the root ball should be covered completely in sheet moss.

• For additional support take more string and wrap it multiple times around the root ball.

• Now it is time to hang your plant and string your wood beads and blocks. So, lay out the pattern of beads and blocks you would like

• Take two pieces of string and tie the ends to each side of the root ball.

• Hold the plant up by those strings and tie a longer piece of string where the plant is balanced.

• Use the needle to help thread the blocks and beads on the long piece of string.

• Now it’s ready to be hung! There are many different patterns and ways to hang the plant with the blocks so just remember to have fun and make it your own!

planter design by: Alyssa Hoppe
photos by: Kathleen Bly
more DIY projects here

23 COMMENTS

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    Sabrina says:

    I recently saw sth like this on another blog 🙂 I really like the idea.
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    iela Snow says:

    I love you blog…I ‘m a big fan~ It is always full of great ideas an full of inspiration.
    Cheers
    iela

    How wonderful! What is the best way to water it after? Can this be done with most potted plants?

    This looks so cool! It seems like a fun project to do with friends. By the way, I love how yours turned out. Very sophisticated.

    s.montgomery says:

    Love this so! I want to step right into those pictures!

    Uo!! I love it, that’s now on my list of DIYs.

    😀

    Gerdien says:

    Love this! absolutely gonna try this!:)

    Blizzard Girl says:

    These pictures are so beautiful! In summer I’m getting my own apartment I’m definitely going to try to make some:)

    xoxo
    http://blizzard-girl.blogspot.com/2015/03/get-those-cara-eyebrows.html

    Anastasia says:

    Good idea but don’t know would it be good for the plant?

    she says:

    This is Delightful! I have to do this one day.

    Matea says:

    What a lovely decoration!

    Kari says:

    Looks amazing! I love that hanger!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    catherine says:

    Fantastic idea! Thank you for posting it.
    Do you have any tips on how to care for the plants once they are hung?
    Spritz with a spray bottle perhaps?

    Murat Tekmen says:

    Like the idea, great post! 🙂

    This is perfect! I’m going to try this with different style too.. Great to stumble upon here and witness your extraordinary idea!

    Xoxo
    Nancy Ballard

    Hannah says:

    This looks incredible!!

    carey Wentworth says:

    Love the idea, but how do you water them without making a mess? Perhaps, just mist them?

    Esther says:

    How do you water something like that without soiling the walls?

    rosangela says:

    Amazing projects! Thanks for sharing.

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    Jessie says:

    What sort of plant is it??

    Jennis says:

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