We were doing some research on ways to display plants in your home, and when I saw some beautiful clay planters, I knew that I had to make something like it! I have also been a bit obsessed with lace lately, so naturally, I had to experiment. We never really know if the things we try here are going to work, and this project is one of those trail-and-error types of adventures. But I LOVE the result, and I am really excited to share it with you! Here’s how I made these gorgeous lace cement hanging planters.
Lace Cement Hanging Planters
You will need:
- ready-mix Cretestone or cement (the cement will give a harder finish, but I love the colour of the Cretestone!)
- water according to the cement manufacturer’s instructions
- plastic lace sheet (mine is a torn placemat, but I believe anything could work here – even really lace!)
- plastic containers of various sizes
- cooking oil
- planting bags
- paper cup to keep the inside hollow
- Harlequin Cretesealer
- Sisal Twine
* You can buy most of these supplies online at Builder’s Warehouse – except maybe for the paper cups and lace 😉
Place the cement mix in a bucket and add the right amount of water. Stir the cement with a spoon, or with a paint mixer attachment to your drill – my new favourite accessory!
Put a planting bag inside a plastic container. Play around with different shapes and sizes! Then line the black planting bags with the lace.
Wipe a generous amount of oil on everything – this will make removing the plastic much easier.
Carefully pour the cement mix inside and push the paper cup down in the middle, putting a weight like a stone inside to keep it in place. Use clothes pegs to keep the lace in place.
Leave the mixture to dry for 24 hours and then carefully remove the plastic layers. For extra durability, place it in the oven overnight on 60ºC to dry and harden and finish with Harlequin Cretesealer.
Fill small pots with fresh potting soil and plants. You can use small pots or cut seedling trays as a pot inside the planter. Then string up with some twine!