Operation : fill the house with plant life continues with a vengeance.
After I got the curtains up last week, I was so inspired to hang more plants. In theory, I'd love hanging plants to line the whole wall someday. But at the moment, these three are enough and making my mornings and bedroom just fantastic right now.
I am always on the hunt for a rad hanging planter. They have to be pretty (obviously) but they also have to be big enough to hold a plant and light enough to hang from a small hook. I recently got an email from West Elm about doing a home decor DIY using their products. I was excited (of course!) and wandered their store to see what would make sense and mesh with my style.
These white porcelain hurricanes that are designed to hold candles jumped out at me. I don't need more candle holders at the moment, but their size was fantastic and it seemed easy enough to turn them into gorgeous hanging planters.
The trick with any container plant is allowing for drainage so you can water without over-watering. To turn the candle holders into planters, I had to add a liner container inside that could actually hold my plant and the dirt. I had on hand the plastic pot packaging from some garden veggies and while they were still empty, I slipped them into the hurricanes. Then I just scooped in some dirt and added my plants inside.
I choose leafy green plants that were sold at Lowe's as hanging plants (you'll know they're meant to be hanging plants because they'll be hanging in store). My "trick" for purchasing plants is just to look for something healthy that has new growth or new shoots coming in. I've killed a lot of indoor plants, but recently I've had a string of successes that have given me a bit more confidence. What's working best for me is to fight my instincts to over water and look to them for cues. Usually plants will give you heads up that they need water by drooping more than usual.
To hang my new candle holders turned planters, I used rope from the hardware store. I wanted something natural looking that was textured, but you could totally use something lighter (and probably even super strong fishing line if you want them to appear like they are floating!). The hurricanes had decorative holes built into them (which is why this worked so well) and I tied three pieces of rope through every sixth hole on the top row and left the knots on the outside (these could also be tucked inside for a cleaner look).
The planters were hung on sturdy ceiling hooks and were staggered just a bit. They and the other hanging planter I have held up by macrame are truly my favorite bit of the bedroom and I love waking up to them each morning.
This room is getting closer and closer to completion and I'm excited to share the full room soon(ish).
disclaimer : hurricanes were provided free of charge from West Elm. I was not paid to write this post. As always on this blog, content idea, photos and words were my own. Links throughout are affiliate links. :)