How to Turn a Coffee Bag Into a Hanging Planter.

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Introduction: How to Turn a Coffee Bag Into a Hanging Planter.

I love to drink coffee that comes in those flexible silver lined bags. I also love to grow things. The coffee bags seem to me to be pretty sturdy and I really hate throwing them away if I can use them for something else. So, after thinking about what I could do with these bags, it came to me to make flower "pots" out of them.

These little bags make a great, quick project for the home gardener. To make this project you'll need:

An empty coffee bag (remove the plastic coated wire glued to the bag for other uses).
A hole punch
Grommets
Wire for hanging the finished project

Step 1: Assemble Your Tools and Accessories.

Tools and accessories. I used what I had on hand, which was the small grommets that are typically used by scrapbookers.

Step 2: Empty Bag(s).

These are the two bags that I will be using for this instructable.

Step 3: Grommets.

This is a close up photo of the grommets before I put them onto the bags.

Step 4: Bags.

Here you can see that I flipped the upper edge of the bag down to make sure this will hold up to the weight of soil and a plant.

Step 5: Put Holes in the Bottom of the Bag for Drainage.

I used my hole punch to put holes through both layers of plastic bag at the bottom for drainage. Holes are punched in the top to accommodate the metal grommets.

Step 6: This Is How It Looks With the Grommet in Place.

Step 7: Finished Project.

I found some old 18 gauge wire that my husband had leftover from a job and used it to make a hanger, filled it with soil and a flower. Then I checked to make sure that it drains properly so that the water doesn't stand inside the bag which can cause root rot.

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hmm? a very interesting invention. might be adaptable to coffee cans and coffee jugs too.

did you make two, or put one bag inside the other for strength? Not sure why 2 bags were needed....... Thanks for the great instructable!

Hi, I actually made two that day and a couple more later on. Thanks for the compliment. Have a great day! Debbie...(O: ><>

Awesome idea! I really wanted to make this for my mom, but alas I don't drink coffee. So I improvised and used a wooden cigar box. Here's my final product!

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Oh, this looks totally awesome! I have to confess that our neighborhood is having a "clean up your backyard" campaign and what is ending up out on the curbside may very well end up in my back yard....lol. You're giving me ideas and inspiration. I love the idea of the cigar box, now I'm going to have to head out and find other stuff to convert. Have a great day!

do you think this would work with a paper coffee bag that's lined with plastic inside?

Hi Dana, I would try it just to see how it turns out for you. Maybe if the print on the bag is interesting, you could seal it with a spray on polyurethane? Let me know if you try it and how well it turns out. Olyve....(O: <>

Sweet! Thanks again!

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Kewl! Those look terrific! I'll be making more this weekend (I've been saving bags). Thanks....(O:

Neat idea, those coffee bags are pretty sturdy can look quite nice, I'll try it! I love your hammer by the way,