They really appealed to me. What a unique alternative to a hanging basket! And they were so simple and classic that they would look great in almost any garden setting.
Unfortunately I had already spent my limit at the marketplace, so I took the photo hoping that I could find a budget-friendly way to reproduce the sphere.
I can tell you right now that I didn’t – not entirely anyway. But I did come up with something very fun, affordable, and simple to put together.
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I was hoping to use bare metal wire cages and apply the same rust technique that I used on these soup cans to get the a similar patina.
But the bargain hunter in me could not resist the $5 apiece metal baskets that I found at a local discount store. They even came with their own coconut liners. But they had a black vinyl coating, so the rust technique would not work on them. Black they would stay!
I took the coconut lining out of one basket – the basket that would serve as the “top half” of the sphere.
I left the lining in the other basket – the basket that would serve as the “bottom half.” (I did trim the lining down a bit as it seemed too large). This “bottom half” would contain soil and plants.
Then, just to help with water retention for the plants, I fitted the inside of the coconut lining with a layer of landscape fabric.
I covered the outside of the coconut lining with sheet moss.
I didn’t have one large piece of sheet moss to use, so I just layered a few of the sheet moss scraps that I had onhand.
Then I added potting soil and, because the sphere would be hanging in part shade, I planted it with New Guinea impatiens and baby tears.
Building the Sphere
So how would I fasten the two halves together? And preferably with something that I could easily reopen? I pondered this for some time before realizing that the chains on the baskets already had clips that would work perfectly.
I removed the chain from the “top half” basket. That chain would not be needed.
I kept the chain on the “bottom half” basket.
Then I just attached the “top half” to the “bottom half” with the fastening clips from that chain.
This photo explains it better than I can.
Voila! I had my sphere.
I’d lined up the two halves so that the wire patterns of each mirrored one another.
Now I have a strange and unique “globe” hanging on my front porch.
I hung it at eye level using a large S-hook.
It’s early in the season, and the plants I used are still small. So right now, the shape of the sphere is the main attraction.
Later in the summer, I’ll add a photo update to this post.
I’ll be using this sphere for another purpose when the holidays roll around. So stay tuned!
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