If you stopped by my house for a visit, you would think I am succulent obsessed! Well, I am! I have succulents EVERYWHERE! In hanging baskets, in a old mail box that was painted like a flag (it was a pretty neat find at the yard sales last year, thanks Aunt Vicki!!), in a vertical box I built, in these fun tool bags, in the flower beds, in my house…seriously, everywhere!
I cannot help my love for these hardy growing beauties.
Well a few weeks ago at the shop we did a class on how to make these fun tool bag planters. Super easy, super cute, and so much fun to whip together. You can use them for herbs, succulents, vines…whatever you feel like tossing in the pockets.
I got super lucky at last year’s flea market and got a whole box of these vintage tool bags! SCORE!! The best part is that they are all local hardware stores that are no longer around…. you should have seen the ladies at the class going crazy over finding bags from stores that were around when they were young..it was a wonderful thing to see two worlds collide.
Easy peasy, right!?
If you have a bag that is missing strings or are using something else that does not have strings, no worries…just staple it onto the dial rod, just make sure you are using a thick enough rod and a heavy duty staple gun.
For these bags, though, we tied each string on the rod then stapled them in place. Then the remaining string was tied to make the hanger.
Then we hung them over a chair so that we could start filling them. We added a plastic bag inside to hold the dirt, just in case they wanted to bring them indoors. With succulents, I would not worry about this step since you only need to mist them with water every few weeks. But if you are planting herbs and bringing them indoors, then I would add some extra security so that the bad does not leak.
Then just start filling them with dirt and add your plants!
And call it a day! OR….
If you want to get all fancy, you can decorate your bags before you add the flowers. I can think of a million ways to make them extra pretty, but I do love the vintage look by themselves! Just use outdoor paint if you’re hanging them anywhere that can get weathered.
I love the chicks she added to it, and we painted her dial rod bright blue..super fun!
Want to create your own bags?
Here are canvas bags on Amazon. They, of course, are not vintage fun, but you can use images like these gardening tools to iron on the bags and create really stunning unique pieces.
I ordered these String of Pearls from amazon to plant inside in one of these bags..I can’t wait for them to get as big as the picture..they are beautiful!!
So there you have it, a quick wam bam thank you mam hanging planter for your obsessive succulent needs :)
How would you decorate one? Or would you leave it plain?