A little bit of greenery can liven up any room. But you may not really have the space for a few plants (or the time), so here's an easy to make vertical frame to hold your plants and a simple watering bottle.
Step 1: Materials Required
Before you begin make sure you have these things
chill pine planks
- 74.5cm x 4cm x 2cm - (2)
- 49cm x 4cm x 2cm - (2)
- 74.5cm x 4cm x 0.5cm - (2)
- 49cm x 4cm x 0.5cm - (2)
Wire mesh - 73.5 x 48 (1)
waste plastic and\or glass containers
easily shaped wire
Step 2: Making the Frames
The frames consist of a front and a back with the mesh in between.
To make the front of the frames first cut each end of the 2cm x 4cm planks at a 45' angle.Then arrange them in a rectangle to make sure all the ends fit against each other. If they do you can use an industrial stapler to fasten them together. I used three staples at every joint on both sides just in case. You also might want to get someone to help hold the planks while you staple.
Step 3: Still Making the Frames
The next bit would be to attach the wire mesh to the frames. Since the wire mesh I used was old and rusty I gave it a fresh coat of white paint.
Spread your mesh out on your frame and hammer a nail on one corner to hold it in place. Now to secure it, on each side use 5-6 nails. While hammering in the nails remember to fold the nails over the wire once they are about halfway in the wood.
Make sure to hold the mesh taunt over the frame to smooth out any bumps or dents.
Step 4: Almost Done With the Frames
To finish the frames the exposed side with the nails needs to be covered
As in the beginning, to make the back of the frames first cut off the ends of the 0.5cm x 4cm planks at 45' and place them on the back of the frames to match the ones in the front. Once you feel they are well aligned hammer them into the frame one by one. make sure each plank is in place. Again you might want to find some one to help you hold them in place while you hammer.
Step 5: Containers for the Plants
Now to hold your plants you can use ordinary plastic plant holders of small or medium sizes that can be supported by the frame.
I've used only waste containers, both glass and plastic, to hold the plants. I painted the plastic containers, but you can keep them as is. For both I've used two ways of making hangers for them, as I will explain
Step 6: Making Hangers Using Wire
To make a hanger out of wire, wrap it securely around the neck and pull out the two ends. Use a nose plier to shape the ends into hooks
Step 7: Hangers Out of Rope
For this wrap a roll of thread tightly around the body of the container leaving a little off of both lengths for tying. once it is coiled and tied use another piece of rope to make a handle. Fashion a hook using wire and clip it onto the rope to hang it.
you can also directly clip the hook onto the coil of rope if its not too heavy, perhaps for the plastic containers.
Step 8: Get Your Plants.
Once your containers are ready transfer your plants into them. Make sure that the soil is not packed too tightly and the containers have no holes for water to leak through.
Step 9: Self Watering System
To make a simple watering system for your plant you will need
- a plastic bottle with a wire around its neck as a hook
- a saline drip tube
- silicone sealant
Step 10: Making the Watering System
Simply cut make a hole at the bottom of the bottle and insert the drip chamber into the hole. Once it is about one third the way in, seal the gaps in the entrance with the silicon sealant.
After it dries fill the bottle with water and hang it on the frame, with the end of the tube inserted into the plant's container.
Adjust the thumbwheel to regulate the amount of water that the plant needs.
Step 11: And We're Done
That's all there is too it. I've made two frames since it was I had a bigger window and hung them using rope.Feel free to make frames of any size and have as many plants as you like.