Live Branch - Hanging Terrarium





Introduction: Live Branch - Hanging Terrarium

About: I consider myself a designer and a builder, I am currently working for an architecture firm in San Francisco and on my free time putzing around in my garage. I enjoy sharing my creations, but mostly I am her...

It is common to have a window above your kitchen sink. It is also common to have cabinets adjacent to said window. This was the case in my kitchen, so I came up with this simple, but elegant way to utilize the vertical space above my sink for a hanging Terrarium. Your kitchen may not have the same conditions to accommodate this particular design, but I am confident you will be able to modify the design to fit a multitude of other scenarios.

Step 1: Find Yourself a Purddy Branch

What I have here is Redwood, however, I am not 100% sure it is actually a branch, it could very well be a root. Regardless... I chose it because it was gnarled and down right gnarly. Most important thing to be sure of on this step, is that you select a branch that will be long enough to span the space between your cabinets. Then, of course, cut it to the exact dimensions.

Step 2: Clean Your Branch

With a sharp knife begin cleaning the branch by first removing any moss and dirt, then make a second pass to to be sure you have thoroughly removed all of the bark from the branches surface.

Step 3: Shand Your Shtick

This step is pretty self explanatory, but one of the most time consuming. I began this process with 80 grit sand paper and worked my way up to 120 grit. I wasn't concerned with it being super smooth because I knew I wouldn't be staining it or finishing it with anything. This was just my preference, but if you would prefer a more finished look with clear coat or wax then I would recommend going to at least 220 or even higher grit sand paper.

Step 4: Hang the Branch

When cutting the branch I was sure to cut it about 1/16 of an inch long so that I could wedge it between the cabinets, this way it could stay in place until I could get screws in either end. These Cabinets had 1/4 inch side walls so I used 3/4 inch long screws. I was able to screw through the cabinets from the inside directly into the branch securing it in place.

Step 5: Hang the Terrariums

There might be other instructables that show you how to make your own, Which would be pretty bad ass, and I would encourage looking into. These happened to be gifts, so I already had them from the onset of this project. There fore all I had to do for this step was tie them to the branch. I did use a bead of hot glue at each not to ensure they would not come undone and crash into my sink. FYI, if you are looking to purchase them, The larger tear drop one is in the $35 range and the smaller ones about $15.

Step 6: All Done... Now Wash Those Dishes!

Thus concludes the live branch hanging terrarium project. I hope you or any one using the sink will enjoy it. Just don't forget to water the plants from time to time.

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    this is the most unique idea i've seen in a while. I LOVE IT!!!

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    Thank You So much, I am glad you enjoyed it! and the great thing, it is extremely easy to do, anyone can do this.

    I can't keep them 'air plants' alive. I suppose I could put ivy in there instead. Great idea.

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    Haha, mine turned brown since posting this instructable!

    You guys know you have to soak them in water once in a while...right? They are one of the few things I can keep alive because they're simple. I've only lost 1 in the last 6 years, which is amazing. Just putting that out there in case watering was the problem :)

    Looks like a great way to utilize unused space. I like the old rope you used, really adds to the gnarled look :)

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    Soooooo Awesome.. Could hang a stained glass bird on there too.. Love it!! Kudos!

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    Not bad Idea, maybe ill try... do you have instructable on stain glass birds?

    Would be willing to take some orders to make some of the glass bulbs. Message me if interested.