Not too long ago, the beloved Instructables kickball was popped by an overzealous dog. As we are not prone to ever throw anything away (ever), it just lamely drifted around the office as people slowly kicked it about in dissatisfaction from spot to spot. This continued for a while until one day I had the idea to resurrect this ball by cutting it in half and turn it into a hanging plant basket. And, that is precisely what I did. Follows are directions so you can do the same.

Step 1: Go get stuff

You will need:

A popped kickball
A razor blade
A power and some drill bits
Five thin steel cables with fasteners on the ends
A metal nut (see step 4)
A metal washer
A hanging planter bracket
2 screws
A screwdriver
A stud finder
Gravel or pumice stone
Potting soil
A zip tie
Awesome idea! One quick question, where do you get those steel cables with fasteners on the ends?
I found them. Sorry that isn't more helpful. You might be able to buy the cable and fasteners separately ad mcmaster.com.
Toxicity leeching? (Someone had to ask)
It's some form of rubber on the inside. I'm not too concerned.
How do you keep the water from leaking out the bottom when you water it? Just don't water it very much at one time?
I either do that or wipe it up later. I've considered placing a small dish in the floor underneath, but I haven't found it necessary yet.
Awesome planter!<br/><br/><sub>Haha, I'm exactly the same way, I never throw such potentially useful things as broken VCRs and popped balls away!</sub><br/><br/>
very neat
perfect i can get a kickball and make two one for my mom and my friend can make one for his
Very nice!
Lovely pictures!
Of course. I'm a professional.
This is a really great use for it. Very pretty end product. :D
Planters are all the rage on instructables, but from my own experience, they suffocate root growth and plant potential. If you must put a plant in a pot, talk to it everyday, so it doesn't feel cheated.:)
What a great idea! I like the red in contrast to the green plants. :D

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Bio: My name is Randy and I run the Instructables Design Studio. I'm also the author of the books 'Simple Bots,' and '62 Projects to ... More »
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