Hanging jelly planters

Last week I told you about how much I love jelly moulds and how I hanker after an Angus and Celeste hanging jelly planter. Well, I have successfully made my own and I have to say these are the best things I have ever made. I really do love them and they cost me the grand total of about £15: £10 for the jelly moulds and £5 for the chains and hooks. Here’s how I did it…

You will need:

Metal jelly moulds – I bought mine from eBay and searched for ‘vintage metal jelly moulds’.

Chain from  Homebase

S-hook from Homebase

Ceiling hook from Homebase

Pliers

Hammer and a centre punch or a drill

Plants

Tutorial:

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

I bought an enamel jelly mould and an aluminium blancmange mould, which is ring shaped.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

1. Either drill or use a hammer and a centre punch to make three, evenly spaced holes around the edge of your mould. If you intend to plant straight into your mould you will also need to put a few drainage holes in the bottom of it. However, if you want to hang your planter inside, and therefore do not want water draining onto your floor, either keep your plants in their plastic pots or put a layer of small drainage pebbles at the bottom of the mould.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

2. Use the pliers to unlink your chain to make three identical lengths. Hook the end of each length through your holes and use the pliers to close the link together again.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

3. Make sure your chains are all exactly the same length so your planter will hang straight.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

4. Hook the ends of your chains onto the S-hook and you’re done!

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

I want to hang the enamel mould in my kitchen so I have left the plant in its pot and not made any drainage holes in the mould. I have chosen this Rose Moss, which is perfect for a hanging planter as it sprawls over the edges.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

I am going to hang this planter on my balcony so I have planted some Violas straight into it and I made drainage holes in the mould.

DIY hanging basket made from vintage jelly mould

I don’t really like traditional hanging baskets because they remind me of the ones that hang outside pubs. However, using something different like these jelly moulds make them so much more interesting. They are also perfect for us now because Otto is obsessed with eating plants and these are well out of his way!

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Farah 6th August 2013 / 10:59 am

    Brilliant! They look great.

  2. Becky 2nd March 2015 / 9:32 am

    This is wonderful, thanks for sharing! I’m off to look for moulds now! X

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