Thursday, March 28, 2013

11 Don't "Strain" Yourself Planter Tutorial

You may have noticed my plant display from this post and as I promised, I have a little tute for you to make your very own! This is one of my favorite crafts I've made so far. It's quick, easy and cheap. Who doesn't like cheap?!
I was perusing the aisles of one of our favorite Japanese markets and I saw these cute strainers in various sizes and it hit me...
why not use these babies as a planter for my air plants?
And as I walked over to the next aisle, I found these cool plastic trays...
Oh yeah.
So enough small talk and let's get craftin'!
-White glue
-Double sided tape
-Black Sharpie
-Wire cutter
-1/2" hook screw
-Sawtooth picture hanger

If your *tray is made of a thicker material, you may need to drill a small hole first and then hand screw the hook in.
(*How about a cutting board instead of a tray? Anything's possible!)
You can use the 3M command strips instead. That would be my first choice, but for some odd reason they don't want to hang around (HA! pardon the pun).
You can use small rocks, moss or even colored beads. And it doesn't have to be air plants. I placed rocks from previous vacation spots in some of them. Whatever tickles your fancy... I'm not one to judge...
You want to cut as close as possible to base of the paper fastener, add glue and stick it!
I think using the scientific name gives it that cool factor, no?
Now how freakin' cool is this?!
I made four of them to create an impact on our otherwise naked wall. I just love it.
Now remember I mentioned cheap? The tray and Strainer were $1.50 each so with the air plants along with a few other items, the total cost was about $40.00. That's $10.00 per display!
Not too shabby.
If you plan to make one, make sure to show off your creation at our Flickr group. I'd love to see what you create!


  1. Brilliant! I don't have air plants, but if I did, this is certainly something I'd try -- I love the simple, rustic quality :)

    1. Get one!!! They are the most easiest plants to care for and think of all the fun possibilities of creating a home for them! Knowing you, I bet you'd come up with something spectacular!

  2. How fun I wouldn't have pegged those as trays looking at the picture.

    1. I know right? When people come over and see it, they're surprised at what I used. Great conversational piece!

  3. WOW! So cool. Planter, art and conversation piece :)

    1. For sure! Everyone stops to look... I love it! It makes me smile everytime I pass by it.

  4. As soon as I figure out where I could put this, I'll be making these!

    1. Oh my gosh... my head is spinning of what you could make! I wanna see it when you're done!!!

  5. Cool !! thanks for your tutorial:)

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    1. Hi! Check with your local nursery, if not there you could order them through various shops on Etsy. Make sure to shop around cause they can get pricey. They are THE easiest plants to care for. Good luck!


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