If you are new today WELCOME! I am so glad that you are here!! 2 things. 1. We are now BFFs, and 2. I LOVE projects. Oh and I love to talk. FYI If I could have titled this post without worrying about judgment it would be called, Mandilicious Christmas Color Challenge Leather and Brass Teardrop Hanging Planter Tutorial. But. Since that would likely cause the internet to implode, I wont. I just wanted you guys to know what you are in for!
I.cant.stop. If you are turned off by my geometric Himmeli obsession, you might want to avert your eyes. Possibly for a few weeks, cause I have 3 or 4 good projects still left in me before I have to have a come to Jesus with myself about it.
Today is one of my favorite days of the year! It is Color Challenge!! (If you are scratching your head about it, it is where 6 bloggers from 6 different niches choose 1 color to inspire you in every aspect of your life! You can see our Fall Challenge here!) Our color this round is GOLD! (my fave!!)
So lets get on with the project!!
Today we are making a DIY Teardrop Hanging Planter, and seriously, I feel like I want to make 2 and wear them as earrings I love it SO much!
And guess how much it will cost you?
Right around $15.00.
I know. It is like the gift that just keeps on giving.
First things first. You will need:
7 Feet of 1/8" Round Brass Tubing
Mini Tubing Cutter ($5.49)
30 Gauge Floral Wire ($1.00 at Joann’s)
1 Piece of Leather Lace. The length will depend on how low you are going to hang it. (Mine came from the Leather Scrap bag from this project)
1 Small Bowl (I found mine at Homegoods for $2.99)
I tracked down a few places to buy 1/8” Brass Tubing. The best price that I found is here on Amazon . You will get fifteen 12” pieces of 1/8” tubing. That is just enough to make 2 planters for $1.45.
UPDATE: The price on Amazon has changed and the seller is a total jerk and is ripping people off. Buy the tubing here. It is where I originally bought mine (but I posted the amazon link because it was a better price) it is $10.35 for (5) 3 foot pieces (so fifteen feet total). So sorry to everyone that has had to deal with this guy! xo
The not so fun part is that you have to cut the pipe down yourself. So there is that. But it is sort of mindless and you can totally get caught up on your favorite show, or help your kids do homework while you are doing this, or do it in the bathtub. You didn’t judge me when I told you the alternate title of this post, I wont judge you and your tube cutting situation.
You will need to cut:
(20) 1 1/2” pieces
(5) 9 1/2” pieces
The easiest way I found to measure them is to use a tape measure, or ruler, and a really fine tipped Sharpie to mark all the way down your tubes. It would be a smart move to cut the 9 1/2” pieces first and then use the scraps to cut some of the shorter pieces. Less waste. I talk more about using a pipe cutter in this post if you are unsure of how they actually work!
Start by measuring 2 arm lengths (arms length? Which is it!?) Thread 5 of the smaller pieces onto your wire. Connect the wire to make a pentagon shape.
Add 4 more pieces of tubing and connect to make a second pentagon.
Don’t worry if your shapes aren’t perfect, once the bowl is resting on them they will straighten out! Add 4 more pieces and form a 3rd pentagon.
Feed your wire through the top 2 tube pieces so that you can attach one more pentagon.
Attach 4 more pieces to form another pentagon. Make sure that it looks like the image below (see how all of the bottoms are lined up and the shapes are all facing the same way with the points on the top?). Add one more piece of tubing to the wire.
Connect the base of the pentagons at each end.
Thread the wire through one of the pentagon edges.
Attach it to the pentagon on the other side, forming the 5th and final pentagon. It should look sort of like a pretty little flower!
Feed your wire through one tube at the top so that it is coming out of one of the high points. Thread on 2 of the 9 1/2 “ tubes.
Connect it to one of the other pentagon points (it doesn’t matter which one!)
Thread your wire through 2 of the small pieces to come out at another tip. Attach one tube. Secure and twist your wire at the center point of the 2 long tubes. Add another piece and connect it to the top of a pentagon.
This will leave you with one side of open. Put your bowl in now to avoid having to bend your tubes to get it in.
Cut another piece of wire (12” long) and attach it to the point on the last pentagon. Thread your tube and secure your wire to the center of the other 4 tubes.
Lay your teardrop on its side and thread the end of your leather lace underneath the point. Hot glue it like the picture below.
Add a second smaller lace to the center of your loop. Secure it with hot glue.
Wrap it around the first lace, gluing as you go wherever necessary.
Trim your wires and plant your favorite succulents inside!
If you are itching to try more projects like this one, check out my Geometric Wreath Tutorial! (psst! its not as hard as it looks and I even have a video to help you through!)
Now for the REALLY fun part! Pop on over to all of the other ladies blogs and check out their amazing Gold projects!
And because we know that we aren’t the only ones with gold fever on the interwebs, we want to see YOUR gold projects, inspiration, and all around obsession! Upload your picture to Instagram and tag it #wintercolorchallenge!