This easy DIY brings a little nonchalant charm to the first thing we lay eyes on each morning: our coffee station. Our mini indoor garden comes together in an hour or two and with some basic tools. To gather the materials for this project, you'll just need to raid your pantry for a few mugs, and visit your local home/garden & hardware store for the rest of the supplies.
Cute and inexpensive, this hanging garden is easy to care for. Even black thumbs will be able to keep this garden going. Read on for the step-by-step, plus some advice on planting and care. But the very first step? Brew yourself a mug of hot Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend, and then jump in.
What You'll Need
- Select Pine Wood Board (cut to 7" x 24")
- Paint (your favorite color)
- Potting Soil & Small Rocks
- 3 Coffee Mugs
- 3 Robe Hooks
- Measuring Tape
- Drop Cloth
- Drill & Screws
- Picture Hook, Wire & Screw Eyelets (for 10 lbs)
- Water Spritzer
- Small Paintbrush or Spoon
What You'll Do
Make Your Planter
- Have your lumber store cut a 1" x 7" board of select pine wood to 24" inches long. Paint the pine wood with your favorite color — it'll need 2 coats!
- Make a pencil mark about ½" from the top of the board. Then, measure about 5" in from both ends of the board and mark it. Measure the distance between those 2 marks, then make a third mark in the center of the board.
- Now you have 3 marks, each about ½" from the top of the board. Center your robe hooks on the marks and drill them into place.
Wire & Hang Your Planter
- On the reverse side of the board, make a pencil mark about 2" from the top of the board and 3" in from both ends.
- Drill a small pilot hole on each mark, then screw the eyelets into place.
- Insert picture wire through each eyelet, then thread the wire back and twist it around itself to secure into place.
- The wire should be taut enough so that when you pull it, it reaches about halfway to the top of the board.
- Mount your picture hook on the wall, then hang your board!
Plant Your Succulents...And Keep Them Alive!
- Lay down your drop cloth. Using your spoon, add a little potting soil to each mug, and replant your succulents. Since the mugs will tilt when hung, only fill about ¾ of each mug with soil and rocks. You may want to remove some of the dirt that came with the succulent to make sure it fits snugly in the mug.
- Add a small layer of rocks on top of your soil. If your mugs are messy, use a paintbrush to remove soil from the rim and sides.
- Mist the succulents with a water spritzer. You want the soil to be moist but not too wet. When the soil dries out, it's time to water again. A good rule of thumb is to water once a week when it's hot, and hardly at all in the winter, unless the soil tends to dry out frequently.
- Hang the board, then hang your coffee-cup succulents on their hooks!
Make A Cup of Coffee & Enjoy Your Handiwork
Hard work deserves a reward! Give yourself a coffee break when you're finished. If you're into medium-dark roasts, Folgers® recommends the Coffeehouse Blend. It's smooth enough to drink black, but rich enough for the flavor to come through if you add a little cream or milk, plus it's great over ice. It comes ground, or in 12- or 18-count K-Cups if you're the pod type. Here's to growing things and grabbing life by the handle!
This post is sponsored by Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend and was created by the Apartment Therapy Creative Studio.
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