May #DIYPROJECT CHALLENGE
Remakes & Knock-offs
This month's challenge was to find an expensive designer item and build a low-cost DIY version of it.
Great designer items are distinguished by details in the design that are well-thought out and artfully crafted.
The challenge in remaking a designer piece successfully is not just to figure out how to imitate a look, but capture the feelings and details that give the piece its upleveled feel.
ANTHROPOLOGIE HANGING PLANTER REMAKE
I love the look of this Anthropologie hanging wall planter. The geometric lines and simple gold ring are the perfect compliments to accent a small plant and bring life to a wall.
But the $198 price tag, could stretch a LOT further for wall decor — hello DIY. I was able to make a similar planter for just $14 in materials with some existing tools.
I love the terrazzo feel, because if you can't tell, I'm LOVING the terrazzo planter trend for spring (just see this carton upcycle planter DIY).
I snagged this cute terrazzo planter for $6 at target, but when I went online it's listed for $8. So check your local store vs online if you want to possibly save $2!
step 01: Cut + Bend the hoop ends
Use the tin snips or pliers to make a cut in your hoop.
Some hoops have a "seam" where the two pieces of metal meet, and this seam is sometimes just glued so it can be easy to cut or work apart.
Once your hoop is cut, you'll want to use your needle nose pliers to bend each end into a right angle so that the hoop wire goes around then straight up and down.
The part of the wire that sticks up should be about an inch long from the end to the right angle /bend.
paint your hoop
This step is optional — my wire hoop came silver and I wanted it to be gold for a more chic and upleveled look. If you decide to paint, just spray one side, wait til it's dry, then spray the other side and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
step 02: Drill holes in the planter pot
You'll need to drill a hole on each side of the planter for the wires of your hoop to go into.
Place a piece of painters tape across where you want the hole to be — this will help keep your planter from chipping as you drill the hole.
Horizontal Distance — I measured down about 1 1/4 inches from the top of my planter for hole placement. You want your hole to be farther down than your 1" wire bend so that the wire doesn't stick up out of your pot.
You can also go lower than 1.25" if you like the look, but you'll need to keep your hole above the upper half of the pot in order for it to be balanced.
Vertical Distance — Since my planter was square, I drilled my hole towards the back end of the pot to allow it to sit more flush against the wall. You can drill in the middle as well, depending on your pot shape, but make sure to keep the hole on the back (wall) side of your planter.
DRILLING THE HOLE:
Mark your hole placement on the tape with a pen or sharpie — evenly on either side of your panter — and drill the hold using a glass / ceramic drill bit (I used 1/4 in.)
It's important to use a bit that works on tile or ceramic because other kinds of regular bits are duller and can tear up your planter pot.
When drilling, do it carefully and don't apply too much pressure or the area around the hole can chip off.
step 03: Attach the planter to the hoop
To secure your planter to the hoop, just slide one wire end into one of the drilled holes, then gently work and twist the wire to slide the other wire end into the other hole.
Do it gently, as the wires can scratch on the way in — especially if you painted them — and they can cause your planter pot to chip if you're not careful.
step 04: Add a plant!
Choose your plant based on where you plan to hang your planter and how much light it will get. Succulents are ideal because they're low maintenance.
I started with a layer of rocks for drainage, then planted my pant and secured it in place with a little extra soil and a layer of marble rocks on top.
Hang it up!
I used a small nail to hang it on, but I plan to switch it out for a small gold one for a more polished look.
This would also make a cute — and super unique — front door wreath!