I love a good hanging planter, don’t you? Finding more ways to bring greenery into my house is something that has been percolating in my mind for a while, and the other day I got a sudden hit of inspiration (I’m pretty sure I was meant to be doing something else, like vacuuming. Ugh).
I’d purchased this lovely copper geometric candle holder from Kmart a while ago (Kmart is so trendy now, it’s actually ridiculous), but I never really liked it as a candle holder. It needed something…. more.
It was the perfect candidate for a bit of DIY action to turn it into a lovely plant home, and I had the perfect plant in mind, already sitting in my garden.
Picking an appropriate plant to go in your planters is the key to success (I have learned this through the death of many (many) plants). I wanted this planter to hang inside the house, so I went with a maidenhair fern. These ferns need diffuse light (they burn very easily) and plenty of moisture (great for a bathroom – you can water them every time you take a shower).
I got the fern settled into its new home, and placed the glass holder back inside the copper frame. Because I wanted to be able to hang the planter, I dug out a length of chain links that I had lying around (yes, hoarding for the win), and used some pliers to make a two way split and attach it to the frame of the planter. I also attached a hook at the other end of the chain for hanging.
Here’s how it looks, hanging in my kitchen. I love that the fern brings a bit of depth and drama to the planter, which looked a little washed out on its own. The juxtaposition of copper and green goes down a treat.
I actually love that the candle holder is glass – it kind of gives the planter a modern, sciencey look, like a test tube. There are a couple of little fern tendrils poking their way up along the sides of the planter now, and it’s lovely to be able to watch them grow.
Clearly this was a pretty simple DIY, and I reckon you could repurpose a whole range of candle holders or other curios if you so desired. This one was ideal for hanging because it was so easy to attach a chain to, but making some planters to sit on your bench or desk would be lovely too!