Jul 30, 2012

DIY Hanging Planter


I wanted to hang some flowers next to my backyard hummingbird feeder this year, but I couldn't find any affordable planters at the garden centers. While rummaging around in the shed one day I came across this old three-tiered wire basket I once used for holding fruits and vegetables in 
my kitchen. 

Every once in awhile I'm glad my husband keeps everything.



 When I priced coco fiber liners at around $8.00 each, though, I put my wire baskets back in the shed. At $24.00 for three liners my hanging planter would have to wait for another year.  

Sometimes good things come to those who wait (and are cheap.) A few weeks later at a 70% off craft store sale I scooped-up three coco liners for $1.50 each.  Score!


The liners were too big, so I used my garden shears to cut them down to size. I cut some off the top first then cut away the extra along the sides, so they wouldn't be too bulky. 







   

Once I had the liners cut down to-size and they fit snugly into the  baskets, 
I filled them with potting soil.


Then I added some red impatiens and a succulent which will both hopefully grow over and hide the coco-liners eventually. 


The hanging flowers help attract hummingbirds to the feeder.


I love to watch tiny hummingbirds whizzing around the feeder and the larger birds playing in the nearby birdbath. 

 
  
My summer is whizzing by like a hummingbird, too! I can't believe August is just around the corner already. I've enjoyed being outdoors and doing new projects in the garden like this one. 

I hope you're enjoying your summer yard, too! 


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17 comments:

  1. Great idea Laurel to help the hummers find the feeder. Just the right price too! Love it! :)

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I remember putting fruit and potatoes in those years ago. Excellent creative project. Having my first party later today. Come on over and join! (Your blog banner immediately caught my eye. Very nice!)
    Brenda

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  3. Laurel, I love your hanging baskets and the bird feeder together! You have such a pretty yard. I can't believe it's almost August either. Have a great week! ~ Jamie

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  4. Your tiered baskets looks great Laurel! I agree, summer is flying by!

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  5. This post is just perfect for my party! Thanks so much for joining my party!
    Brenda

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  6. I just found your blog at Cozy Little House! I did something similar to some metal hanging baskets that someone was casting off. I found the basket liners and Dollar General for about $2 bucks each! I love this idea of hanging them near the feeder! Maybe I should do this...need to move a few things around but sounds like a good idea. Pat

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  7. So very pretty! Summer will be gone before we know it. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Coastal Charm. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-8.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  8. Laurel, your flower baskets looks so pretty!!! I am so glad you didn't buy the first liners you found! Sometimes it pays to wait a little. I love this project and the way it looks in your yard next to the feeder! Beautiful!

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  9. Lovely idea! Your baskets are lovely, Laurel!

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  10. Laurel, what a great idea. Your tiered planter looks so pretty!!!!
    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party! It is live every Wednesday evening at 8:00. Come on over and join in!

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  11. Cool idea...and I have enjoyed reading your blog.

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  12. Well, shoot! I just gave away a hanging veggie basket of my Mom's. "I'll never use it. . ." That's exactly why I have such a hard time getting rid of anything. . .Guess you can tell, I love your planter!

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  13. Your hanging planter looks beautiful! I love that you hung the humming bird feeder by it. Great idea!

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  14. That is a great job :)
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  15. what a fun way to add more flowers and color to the yard! Hope you get lots of little hummingbirds!

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  16. Laurel, What a creative project! I love how you used your old veggie basket for flowers. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Always inspired by your creativity. Your hummingbirds are going to be spoiled.

    Jody

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  17. This is so brilliant. I often see these hanging baskets at our local thrift shop. Now I know what I will do with one. You've inspired me Laurel. Virginia

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