Hanging Papier-Mâché Planters

by Leslie on August 16, 2012

I have some exciting news! Design*Sponge is holding a contest to create a DIY using ScotchBlue tape and I have been chosen as one of the finalists with these hanging papier-mâché planters! You can click here to see the rest of the finalists and vote for your favorite. Voting ends at 7pm EST on Sunday. They will then be narrowed down to the top 6 projects for a second round of voting next week. You can click below for step by step instructions to make your own. Thanks for your support!


The Papier-Mâché Planter

You’ll need:

  • Round Balloon
  • Vegetable oil
  • Small glass
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 1″ & 2″ wide ScotchBlue tape
  • 1″ circle paper punch
  • Mod Podge or varnish

Blow up a round balloon to be slightly larger than the plant you plan to put inside. My balloon was 5 1/2″ in diameter. Brush the balloon with a coating of vegetable oil. Place the balloon on a small glass to act as a base while you apply the papier-mâché. Mix together a 50/50 mixture of flour and water in a large bowl. Tear up 1-2″ strips of newspaper. When you’re ready to begin, dip the newspaper strips in the flour mixture, run them through your fingers to remove excess paste, and apply them to the balloon. Keep doing this until you have an even layer of paper, leaving a circular opening at the base of the balloon big enough for your plant. This will be the top of the planter when you’re done. My opening was 3 1/2″ in diameter. Repeat until you’ve applied 5 layers of newspaper to the balloon. Leave to dry completely, approximately 1-2 days. Once it’s dry, paint the inside and outside with acrylic paint of your choice and let dry. Now it’s time to decorate with ScotchBlue tape! I chose to decorate my planters with stripes and polka dots. For the stripes, use a combination of 1″ and 2″ wide ScotchBlue tape to wrap around the planter lengthwise and paint the uncovered areas. For the polka dots, punch 1″ holes in 2″ wide tape using a paper punch. These create a stencil for the polka dots. Stick them on the planter alternating spacing and paint inside the circle stencils. Remove the tape. The nice thing about the tape is that it creates clean edges even on the bumpy papier-mâché. Once all the paint has dried, add a layer of Mod Podge or varnish to the planter to seal it. Now it’s ready for your plant!

The Macrame Hanger

You’ll need:

  • 2″ wooden ring
  • Jute twine (or rope of your choice)

Cut 4 pieces of the twine, each 2 yards in length. Feed the 4 pieces of twine through the wooden ring until the ring is in the middle of the twine. Tie a simple knot just below the ring so now 8 pieces of twine are hanging down. Tie 2 adjacent pieces of twine together approximately 8″ below your first knot. Do this all the way around, so you have 4 knots at the same level. Measure down another 4″ and tie one piece of twine from one knot with another piece of twine from another knot. Continue around until you have another 4 knots at this level. Measure down another 4″ and tie all 8 pieces of twine together in a big knot. Trim the ends to the length you prefer. Now you can slip your planter in the middle of the hanger!

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