Greenery and plants are all the rage these days. The pops of green with a neutral background seem to be the theme of home decor and photography lately. I decided to hop on the bandwagon and agreed that our cozy little rental could use some plants to liven the place up a bit. I have to admit, these aren’t the biggest plants, but they bring a warmth to the kitchen that is especially comforting during the cold winter months.
Now, I want to be clear. I am NOT a gardener or plant connoisseur. I am horrible at watering plants and keeping them alive. I wanted plants that needed minimal TLC and effort. Otherwise, they’d last a week and it would be pointless.
Another thing I didn’t want to do is spend a bunch of money on fancy plants and expensive pots. We are on a tight budget so I opted for making my own affordable planters. These kitchen hanging planters cost me 20 bucks and took about 10 minutes to put together. I got Exotic Angel plants by Costa Farms from a small plant section in Walmart. They were about 3 dollars each. They don’t need a lot of work – just watering twice a week and misting daily, placed in a medium-lit area. If you’re interested in how I made them, keep on reading!
What you’ll need:
- 3 mason jars – you can get whatever size you want. I got mine for free at my local Goodwill. I got two 16oz jars and one 12oz jar
- 6 bags of aquatic rocks used for aquariums – I got mine in the pet section at Walmart. I got assorted colors and then all black
- In the 16oz jars, pour 2 bags of the aquatic rocks (about 2 cups). I used a bag and a half (1.5 cups) in the smaller jar.
- Gently remove each plant from their plastic container and add to the mason jars. I had to use some force to put them in the jars because the roots were wider than the entrance of the jars. Some roots ended up breaking off but it didn’t affect the life of the plants.
- If there is too much space left in the jar you can add more soil as desired
- You will need 2 pieces of twine per jar. You can use whatever length you desire depending on how high or low you want it to hang. Wrap one piece around the lip of the jar and tie a knot on one side. Repeat with the other piece and tie a knot on the opposite side. Then, tie a knot with the 2 loose ends at the top. (I hope that makes sense – you can play around with different knots or ways to tie it to your liking)
- Hang your pretty plants!
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