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For nearly two weeks we’ve been dealing with rain, a lot of rain and while we wait for things to dry out I decided this was a good time to work on projects that I keep putting aside.
This brings me to last year’s terracotta rag painting project, you can find it here. It’s a great activity and the paint finish lasted through three seasons really well. I just got tired of the green and decided it was time to make a change create a hanging planter.
Supplies for Project
- Any size Terracotta pot
- Paint Brush and Dixie Belle Paint, Gravel Road
- Sand paper
- Drill + Glass Cutting Drill Bit – Got my bit at Home Depot
- 6 Ft. of Copper wire and cutters
- Potting soil and lettuce plants
Almost everything on this list can be purchased at any home improvement store and the paint can be purchased here online.
Sand the Pot before Painting
Since I was using an already painted pot I sanded the surface first. This took very little effort and with a little strength most of the green came right off. If you’re beginning this project with a new terracotta pot I would recommend adding a white primer base first before applying paint.
Ready Set Paint
Glass Drill Holes in Terracotta
Drilling through terracotta takes a little bit of patience and water. The water keeps the drill bit moving without cracking the pot as you drill. The most important thing to remember is drill slow and make sure you have a towel or rag handy to catch the mess.
After I incorporate the copper hanger in the next step I’ll go back and touch up paint where I made a bit of a mess.
Add Copper Wire for Hanger
- Take 6 ft. of copper wire and cut into 2 pieces.
- Insert one through the hole twice, and twist till secure then repeat to the opposite side.
- Gather the remainder of the stems, twist so they tie off together and create a strong hanger that doesn’t slip.
There is no right or wrong way to apply copper and because it can be difficult to tighten I would recommend using a pair of crimpers to help pull and twist.
Most important tip is to have fun with it and don’t over twist.
Plant whatever you like in your planter, I chose lettuce because I’ve been eating it a lot lately. the dark almost purple is Red Romaine and the other is Green Leaf, both are tasty with a light oil and vinegar dressing.
Choose a combination of two plants and let them be a nice accent to one another, a dark spinach with that light green leaf would have also been pretty.
Most lettuce plants require part shade so hang the planter where it will receive part shade 3 -6 hours each day.
Planting Tips and Enjoy
I’m not a huge fan of planters because I find it difficult to maintain moisture and many times I just forget to water. However, I love them and recently decided to switch all my planters to wood and terracotta. This could explain why I gave this pot a face lift.
So, my tip is to add rocks in the bottom of the planter before adding organic potting soil and plants. This will keep the soil from draining through when it’s time to water and will help maintain additional moisture in the container.
Hope you enjoyed this salad planter project, I’ve got mine hanging at our future tiny house which will be handy once we move in. Now it’s time for you to make your own. Enjoy!