My name is Alex and I am an embroidery hoop addict. If I see one at a Thrift Store, I have to buy it. Why? Because they make the perfect craft project materials – wreaths, mobiles and yes even a DIY Hanging Planter.
This is what happens when I come back from the thrift stores. Exhibit A.
What makes it even more ridiculous is just over a year ago, I had no idea what they even were. I don’t do embroidery and am still learning to sew. All I see is a cool round wooden circle with endless craft project potential. So it comes home with me.
What does one do with copious amounts of embroidery hoops? Well how about make a hanging planter for your back deck.
DIY Hanging Planter
I took a white bowl, a single embroidery hoop and my favorite permanent adhesive glue, E6000.
I put the glue on the bottom of the bowl where it met the hoop, pressed down and then it dry overnight in a Disney on Ice bucket I stole from my older daughter’s room.
Added a plant.
That does a lot of rotating in the wind.
How much did this cost me?
Embroidery hoop – $.50 cents
Bowl – $1.25
E6000 glue – pre-owned (approx $5 give or take)
Plant – $1.99 (called the Rosy Glow Sedum)
For a grand total of $4.22, taxes included.
If you’re worried about the durability of the E6000 glue and are thinking “Ok that bowl is just going to come crashing down”, here is an example of where I glued an embroidery hoop around a glass globe for a homemade bird feeder last year. That bird feeder hung outside through a Canadian Summer, Fall and Winter and I still couldn’t have pried off that hoop with a crowbar if I tried. This is a very good adhesive and my go to for any major permanent glue projects.
As for the other hoops, I have so many projects coming up that I need to do with them because we’ve moved that collection from storage bin to storage bin in our basement so many times that it’s high time they get put to good use.
Now get outside this weekend if you can! Spring is finally here in our neck of the woods so cheers to gardening season starting.
UPDATE AND WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY MAKING THIS AGAIN:
– Use a lighter planter pot. Aim for something not heavy and possibly plastic. It will help the embroidery hoop from not sagging due to the weight of the pot.
– Make sure that your embroidery hoop is thick and heavy. Some are made super thin and flimsy. You want a sturdy one.
– I’ve had several inquiries about whether or not to have a drainage hole for the plant pot. So if you are concerned about that you have several options before you make this.
- Use a plant pot that has a drainage tray at the bottom.
- Drill a hole into the bottom of the bowl/pot that you are using.
- Place a layer of pebbles or rocks under the plant soil to create a water reservoir for the excess water.
A lot of this depends on the plant you choose, where you live and the climate in your area, as well as if you are going to be hanging the planter indoors or outdoors. Please that that into consideration when making it.