I had this plastic container left over from making my gluten free pancakes…
Mmmn, pancakes. I decided to use this container to make a garden planter. I should say that the original idea for this came from a Pinterest post, but it had no written instructions, only pictures so I decided to try it myself with my own twist and write it up for you all. The crochet part is my idea. The original planter decorated the outside of the container with markers by adding patterns. Cute too, if you can’t crochet. To see the Pinterest post go here.
Mark on the plastic container where you are going to cut it on the front…
and on the back with a marker.
Use a sharp utility knife or scissors if the plastic is thin enough and cut your plastic container in half where marked.
At this point I soaked my container in warm water to get the paper labels off, but you can do this before you start if you want.
Now you have a plastic pot to decorate and plant into! This is where the real fun starts!
I was looking for the hole punch and found this eyelet thingy. I decided it would look cool and professional to make a hanging hole using it to hang my planter on the wall but you don’t have to do this bit if you don’t want to.
Put some holes in the bottom so that water can drain out or your pot will get waterlogged. This is especially important for succulent plants.
I found the hole punch after a lot of bad words and stomping around the house in my dressing gown. (You can skip this bit) I put a row of holes around the top of my plastic container. It’s quite hard to use a hole punch on thick plastic and there might be an easier way. Let me know if you come up with one.
I used builders line to crochet around the top. It’s nylon and won’t rot like wool will. It will fade over time though. If you cant crochet you could just weave some wool through the holes or get creative and come up with your own idea.
If you are crocheting each stitch needs to be pulled through the hole and I did three stitches in each hole.
Make sure the stitch bit is on the top
You will get a nice little row of stitches on the top of the plastic edge.
Ta Da!!! Finished and funky plant pot.
Now all you need to do is fill it with soil and plant your favourite plant.
By the way the left over top half of the container makes a great scoop. You can use it in the kitchen for scooping flour out of jars or you can use it as a soil scoop to put the soil into the pot. How handy!!
Love and Art