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Beau Hanging Planter

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Whether home, or at the office, add airiness to your space with this Bohemian hanging planter. A perfect showcase for your air plant collection.

Tools

  • scissors
  • glass bowl
  • paper towel

Materials

  • bell cup
  • cotton twine
  • kool-aid packets

Time

45 minutes
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Gather your tools and materials. We pre-mixed our seafoam green kool-aid dye. Mix up some pretty pastel dye colors to use in this project with this simple GUIDE.

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Dip the bell cup into the dye. Hold down for a minute or two. We dipped it about half the way up but go as far as you'd like. To create an ombre look, leave it floating on top of the dye for about 4 minutes. You can go back to it every minute or so and dip it down to your first level. This will help create a smooth gradient and not two strong lines of dye when it dries.

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Dye will pool in the center of the bell cup because it has small holes at the bottom. Leave in for no more than 5 minutes (you'll rick cracking the cup if you leave it in longer). Tip the excess water out and set the bell cup aside to dry.

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Take the entire length of twine and cut 8 equal lengths. You should get approximately eight 1-yard pieces.

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Once cut, you should have eight separate pieces all about the same length.

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Gather them all together and tie a knot at one end. Leave a 1-1/2" tail of twine.

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Separate the rope into four sections, with two pieces of rope per section.

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Taking one section of rope at a time, begin to tie the two pieces of rope into a knot, leaving about an inch above the knot where all eight pieces of rope are tied.

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Repeat with the remaining three sections of rope.

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Take the left piece of rope from one section and match it up with the right piece of rope from the closest section to the left of it.

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Tie these two pieces of rope together, about an inch above your previous knots.

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Keep going around to complete the other three knots.

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Your rope should have a square-like shape around the edges, and a cross-like shape in the middle. Align your ropes again so you can clearly distinguish between each of the four sections.

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One more final round of knots coming up, take the outermost piece of rope from one section and match it up with the closet piece of rope from the section to the left of it.

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Tie the two ropes together to make a knot about one inch above the previous knots.

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After you finish all four sections, your rope should look like this.

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Turn over the rope so that the original knot you made to tie all eight pieces of rope together should be at the bottom of the bowl. Place your bell cup in the middle of your ropes.

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Pull the lose ends of rope up around the sides of the cup, so that the knotted area holds the cup in place and the cup is centered.

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Gather the lose ends of the rope in place and determine how high or low you would like your planter to hang.

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Once you have determined the right length, tie off the loose rope in a knot with a loop at the end.

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Place air plants into the bell cups. Water them outside of the cups and allow to dry before placing them back in. NOTE: We don't recommend using plants needing soil and water. The cups will start to crack if over watered! If you do want to put a succulent in the cups make sure it's in a smaller plastic pot and that you water it outside of the bell cup.

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Angie456

over 3 years ago

This and the Sedona sunset are my two favorite collections so far. I love when you give us crafts that I wouldn't do normally because it would never occur to me to make something like it. Love this idea! Can't wait to make it! Where can I purchase more bell cups so I can make all of these pretty planters?

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rose

over 3 years ago

I have a big ol' ditto for angie456's comment. I want to make these in ALL the colors. Will these be added to the shop soon?

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ForTheMakers

over 3 years ago

@Angie456 @Rose we have some in transit! Look for it in the shop next week!

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dramameg02

about 3 years ago

I feel like this is a silly question, but where can I get an air plant? I have never heard of it!

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ForTheMakers

about 3 years ago

@dramameg02 you can order them online if you don't live close to a plant shop. A few options: http://www.airplantsupplyco.com and http://www.airplantshop.com. You can also find them on Etsy and Ebay!

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dramameg02

about 3 years ago

I had no idea! Thanks! I ended up ordering a two pack on Amazon for six bucks which included shipping! Sweet!

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pikurnoze

about 3 years ago

This project turned out too cute! Is there any way to find the bell cups from a supplier? I'd love to make more but I need to get several bell cups and I don't need to purchase an entire kit.

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ForTheMakers

over 2 years ago

@pikurnoze We have them available to purchase in the shop!