Copper Terracotta Salad Planter

Lettuce Planter

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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.

Begin with Sanding off the paint

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.

Painting Terracotta with Dixie belle Paint

Ready Set Paint

The pot was painted with two coats of my favorite Dixie Belle Paint color, gravel road.  This was really simple, letting it dry for about an hour before incorporating the next step is also important.  

Begin with Sanding off the 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.

Twising copper into hanger for planter

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.

Terracotta Lettuce Planter

Planting Lettuce

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.

Terracotta Salad Planter

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!

Make Your Own Terracotta Salad Planter

 

7 comments

  1. mickie mclaughlin says:

    Hi Carole…..love having small potted greens growing on my kitchen deck. Your photo of your potted plants is inspiring–I will be trying the red romaine lettuce. These planters will go well with my small herb planters just outside on my kitchen door. QUESTION re watering issues. The small planters and my hypertufa pots dry out so quickly. I have heard there are granules that can be added to the soil that absorbs water and allows for less frequent watering. What do you know about the use of these granules. ONLY TWO WEEKS ‘TIL SPRING……forget about the snow that is supposed to hit us tonight. I’m ready to start gardening!!!!!! LOL Keep inspiring us toward creativity.

    1. Carole says:

      Yes – 2 weeks till spring and it looks like our rain has moved on for several weeks so we’ll be busy outdoors. LOVE That! I’m going to do a post on containers because I decided a year ago to only use wood mainly cedar and terracotta for planters because they hold the moisture so much better. In the past with other containers I’ve used old luffa sponges, sticks or rocks in the bottom to help keep from drying out as fast. It worked really well and it was natural which I like. I’m just an old school kind of gal.

      I haven’t used any granules but I did read somewhere that some are using diapers cutting them open to remove the granules, mixing in water then adding to the soil and apparently this helps. For me I just prefer using containers that help maintain moisture. Hope that helps and hope you have a great day!! -Carole

      1. pamelasusann says:

        A trick I use out in dry So. Cal. is to line the sides of the terra cotta pots and wood planters with plastic or cloth grocery bags. We use “reusable” grocery bags out here. The handles on the heavier ones eventually wear out. I cut holes in the bottom or cut the bottom out completely, fill with soil and plants. Trim any visible edges. You can also use the plastic packaging from the potting soil, landscape rock, etc. Worn out coco liners and weed barrier cloth odds and ends. Wood planters are even easier! I use irregular scraps for these because I can staple in place.

  2. Patti says:

    What a great idea. I have grown cut and come again lettuce in containers and they work out great. You can place them close to the door for quick and easy access and keep them high off the ground where other non-welcome visitors cannot reach them. Having them hang with a pretty copper wire just add to the beauty of it all.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti – Trying to keep things simple here and honestly my original plan was flowers but those lettuce plants just really caught my attention. I’m hoping I can keep this alive through summer, we shall see…

  3. BonBon says:

    Hi Carole. Love this idea and what a great way to have fresh lettuce for salads and sandwiches. This is now on my To Do list to make. Thanks for this great project

    1. Carole says:

      Can’t beat fresh lettuce and having it handy like this will be a blessing.

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