I’ve been a little busy this week testing out some ideas for DIY Planters and Hangers, as I’ve been challenged by Wickes to demonstrate how to brighten up your kitchen in the summer. It’s a project I’ve been desperate to do for a little while now as I really wanted to introduce some plants into my home, and I’m a huge fan of macrame plant holders. I used to make them as a child with my Grandad, so it brings back lovely childhood memories.
Step by Step Tutorial : DIY Succulent Planters and Macrame Plant Holders
What you need:
- Spray paint cans
- Emulsion paint tester pots in a variety of colours
- Plant pots
- Selection of succulent/cactus plants
- Small good quality paint brush
- Coloured twine
- 15mm copper tubing
Firstly you’ll need to make the plant pots. I used inexpensive terracotta pots in different sizes and spray painted them white, but if you have, or can find some white ones to start with, skip this step.
Once dry, take your tester pot and paint on a 5cms band. Ensure you hold the plant pot vertically, and make your brush strokes vertical and straight too.
Next, keeping your brush thinly loaded with paint, start to drag downwards. As the paint on the brush runs out you’ll create a streaked effect. Move around the pot quickly, dragging downwards to different lengths, creating a wave around the pot. It doesn’t have to be too uniform, but don’t overload the brush with paint or you won’t get the dragged look.
Use different colours, according to your space and the overall look you want to create. I probably should have given the darker colours a second coat as they’ve dried with a streak, but feel free to do this and get a layered effect too.
Why not experiment with different colours, combining them to get a new and exciting look that fits your decor? I had a spare planter so gave this one a bit of a wild west feel with a cactus.
DIY Macrame Plant Hangers:
These bright and colourful macrame plant holders are really easy to make and look really effective.
Start by cutting 4 x 2 metre lengths of twine and fold in half. (This creates the loop at the top of the hanger, enabling you to hang them onto a hook or pole – if you don’t want a loop, simply cut 8 x 1 metre lengths).
Tie a knot at the top of the fold, creating a loop.
Separate the 8 strands into 4 groups of 2 like this
Slide a piece of 5 cms copper pipe onto a pair
Repeat the process tieing knots at another 10cms below
Be careful with them, as they will tangle up really easily. Place in your DIY planter and hang.
And there you have it, several bright and colourful plant pots, with striking macrame hangers. Perfect to brighten up any kitchen this summer, and beyond. Experiment with different lengths of twine and of course, different colours. I’m loving this neon vibe that this DIY Tutorial has created.
I even got a little carried away and created a monochrome, contrasting large planter using the spray paints and some masking tape.
If you’re thinking about revamping your kitchen, Wickes has an incredible 50% of some of its kitchen ranges this summer. My current favourite has to be the Sofia Range, a handle-less contemporary design, available in 5 colours; white, graphite, cream, cashmere and pewter. My plant pots and macrame hangers would be the perfect accessory for a kitchen in this style. It’s worth taking a look, there’s something for every taste and budget, and always someone on hand to help and advise in store.
Have fun creating your own DIY Succulent planters and Macrame Plant Hangers and do let me know how you get on.