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
Hammer and a centre punch or a drill
I bought an enamel jelly mould and an aluminium blancmange mould, which is ring shaped.
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.
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.
3. Make sure your chains are all exactly the same length so your planter will hang straight.
4. Hook the ends of your chains onto the S-hook and you’re done!
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.
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.
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!