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.
It hangs at eye level from 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.
To read an update of how this sphere did over the summer, click here. To say the least, we had a few surprises. But they were good ones!
I’ll be using this sphere for another purpose when the holidays roll around. So stay tuned.
And as long as you’re here, hop over and check out my brother’s beautiful budget DIY garage rebuild using reclaimed materials. I’m so proud of him!
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