Get Ready for Summer with These Hanging Posy Planters

Season 6 Episode 10
Aired on 05/13/2017 | CC tv-pg
Liven up your patio with this project, which uses a pulley system to support two easy-to-water buckets with flowers.

  • 2 Metal buckets
  • 2 Large potted plants of your choice–one for each bucket
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Decorative pulley
  • 12' x 3/4" rope
  • 3" hook and eye with metal ring
  • Drill with a 1/4" bit
  • Garden gloves
  • Craft knife
  • Gorilla glue (optional)

    Directions Turn a bucket upside down. Using a drill with a 1/4" bit, drill 6 holes into the bottom of the bucket for water drainage. The 6 holes can be randomly placed. Repeat for the second bucket.

    Put on garden gloves. Fill each bucket half way with 2 scoops of potting soil for each 1 scoop of perlite. The perlite will help to make the finished buckets lighter in weight. Mix the potting soil and perlite together.

    Remove the first pottingplant from its pot and gently massage the roots to loosen the soil around them. Place the plant in a bucket making sure the bucket handle is accessible at the top. Add more potting soiland perlite around the roots, if needed, to cover them completely. Repeat for second plant and bucket.

    Expert Tip:For the pulley to work effectively in later steps, the buckets must be a similar weight to each other. Add more soil (or remove excess soil) until the buckets are similar weights.

    Decide on the location for the potted plants to hang where there is an eave on the side of the house. This is where you will need to screw in a 3" hook and eye with metal ring to support the pulley. Drill a pilot hole up into the eave. Screw in the 3" hook until it’s securely in place. To help screw in the hook, place a large drill bit through the hook’s eyeletand use it as a torque.

    Hang the pulley from the metal ring on the hook and eye screw.

    Tie one end of the rope securely to one bucket handle using a double half hitch knot. Cut off any excess rope with a craft knife.

    Pass the free end of the rope up and over the pulley.

    Hoist up the first bucket on the pulley to the height you want it to hang. Tie the second bucket to the free end of the rope using a hitch knot, also at the height you want it to hang. Cut off any excess rope with a craft knife.