Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hand-made Goodie of the Week: Fishnet Hanging Garden

Since we live in an apartment and I don't have an actual yard, my little garden is pretty much limited to what I can grow in a pot on my balcony.  That can get a little cluttered and FAST!  I needed a solution that was both functional and nice to look at.  I had seen a post where someone had used old coffee mugs as planters (if that was you or you know who it was, please let me know so I can give them credit) and I liked that.  But then I thought, I'll just have a mess of coffee mugs all over my porch.  That won't do.  So I thought about what I could do to use the mugs without the clutter.  Here's what I came up with:

To make your own hanging garden, you'll need:

Decorative fish net
Twine or jute
Coffee mugs-I picked up a bunch for cheap at Goodwill.  I think I got all four for around $2.

I picked up this net at Michaels.  It was around $.50 and I had a 50% off coupon-gotta love coupons!  

Using your mug as a guide, cut a circle out of the net that's about an inch shorter than the rim of your mug.
 Cut a length of twine that is about 4 inches longer than the circumference of your mug.

Then weave it through the loops all along the outside edge of your circle.

Place your mug in the center of the circle, bring it up and tie the ends of the twice together to secure it to the mug.

To hang, cut 2 lengths of twine about 3 feet long.  Fold them in the middle and tie in a knot about 2 inches down from the middle, creating a loop like this.

Tie the four ends around the edges in the "four corners" of the mug.  

To attach the second mug, cut four lengths of twine about a foot long.  Again, tie to the four corners of the mugs-with the twine going from the top edge of the second mug to the bottom of the first mug.  Repeat as with as many mugs as you'd like.

And there you have it-a cutesy hanging garden that's small and functional.


  1. What a cute idea! I honestly have too many mugs than I know what to do with - and this would work great! You are SO creative!! :)


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