Project Guide

How to Build a Planter for Pansies

1
Remove Chains
Remove Chains

Remove the chains from the hanging baskets. Set aside one of the chains for later.

2
Fill Planter with Soil
Fill Planter with Soil

Fill both of the lined planters with soil, watering as you go. It’s important to keep the soil thoroughly moist, as that will help hold it in place when you link the two baskets. Water once more when baskets are completely filled.

3
Create a Sphere
Create a Sphere

Turn both planters on their sides and align to create a sphere. Match the wire patterns on the outside of the planters so that they line up in the middle.

4
Secure with Cable Ties
Secure with Cable Ties

Hold the planters together at the seam and use 10 cable ties around the entire planter to tightly secure the two sides together.

5
Trim
Trim

Trim any excess cable ties.

6
Cut Holes for Plants
Cut Holes for Plants

Using a knife or scissors, cut a 2-inch X-shaped slit for each plant, spacing the slits evenly throughout both basket liners.

7
Attach Chain
Attach Chain

Attach the chain you set aside earlier on top of one side of the planter, using additional zip ties to secure it if necessary.

8
Plant Pansies
Plant Pansies

Flip the planter so that the chain is on the bottom (resting on your work surface) and begin planting pansies in the X-shaped slits on the exposed top.

9
Flip over and Plant More
Flip over and Plant More

Once all of the exposed X-shaped slits are filled, flip the planter over and hang it. While hanging, plant the remaining pansies in the rest of the slits.

Water weekly, if not daily, depending on where you live. For best results, water slowly from the top so all plants have a chance to absorb the water. Do not be discouraged if your pansies look a little limp at first — fertilize as instructed on the label and soon they will be flourishing in their new home! 


Editing by Emmaline Harvey.