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How-Tuesday: Micro Planters

Jan 17, 2012

by EternalSunshine

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Cold winter days need not be devoid of sprouting green life. For this week’s How-Tuesday post, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Margaret McGuire, authors of the book Microcrafts, have a granular gardening project to bring life to even the smallest of spaces. Learn how to make a micro planter and a matching mini macramé plant hanger to add an itty bitty breath of fresh air to a nook in need of a little love.


Whether you live in a big country house or a teeny city apartment, it’s easy to tend a wee secret garden. Any small container will do. Mini terra cotta pots are available at garden centers and craft stores, but household items like teacups, shot glasses, and thimbles can add a dash of charm.

Cuttings from spider plants, jade, and string of pearls thrive in small containers. Bonsais, mini ferns, dwarf mosses, and micro-orchids are available at greenhouses and online.

Supplies:

  • Any little container or jar with lid
  • A handful of potting mix or garden soil
  • Miniature plants or cuttings
  • Hammer and nail or wire mesh (for terrarium)

Directions:

1. Fill the container with dirt and gently pat it down. Use your pinky finger to make an indentation about
1/3-inch deep. Place your plant or cutting in the hole and pat down the soil to fill.

2. Water gently. Just be careful not to flood the little pot! It’s fun to use an eye dropper, plant mister, or dollhouse watering can, which will also help prevent overwatering. Small pots dry out quickly, so water as needed.

3. Provide adequate light, depending on the type of plant you choose.

4. To make a terrarium, punch holes in a jar lid with a hammer and nail, or cut a bit of wire mesh to fit the top of the jar. Place your container or terrarium in a macramé hanger (see below) and hang it from a windowsill.

Macramé Hanger

Make your houseplant mobile! This fun and retro plant holder is easy to whip up and is perfect for hanging your little pot in a window or even from your earlobe.

Supplies:

  • 8 yards of thin cord or embroidery thread or string
  • 1/4-inch jump ring

Directions:

1. Cut 8 lengths of cord, each 36 inches long, and two lengths of cord, each 18 inches long. Use one 18-inch piece to completely cover the jump ring with half hitchknots. Fold the 36-inch pieces over and through the covered ring. Use the remaining piece of cord to tie a 1/4-inch wrap knot around all the cords to gather them at the base of the jump ring. Hide the ends of the knot.

2. Tie 1/4 inch of half-knot twists on each group of four cords. To create a half-knot twist, tie one-half of a square knot (as shown below), and repeat multiple times beginning with the left piece of cord.

3. Drop down 1/4 inch and tie a row of alternating square knots to connect the left two cords in each group with the right two of the group next to it. (To make a square knot, do steps 1 and 2 above, and then repeat, starting with the right cord this time.) Repeat this step two more times.

4. Place your chosen container into the hanger to make sure it will fit, and then tie a 1/4-inch wrap knot. Cut off and fray the ends as desired.

If you make your own mini planter, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.

Thank you to Quirk Books for sharing this project with us. For more mini projects like this one, check out Microcrafts, available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you.

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132 comments

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    How cute!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love this post!!!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Darling idea...........love the plant hanger earrings!

  • UncommonShop

    UncommonShop said 5 years ago

    Ah, yes, bite-size plants. Our cat will appreciate this.

  • MyHomemadeHome

    MyHomemadeHome said 5 years ago

    How quaint, they make unusual gifts too!

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 5 years ago

    This is so freaking cute I don't even know how to control my baby voice right now lol. ♥♥♥

  • NobleTextiles

    NobleTextiles said 5 years ago

    So cute! I love tiny things!

  • Yokoo

    Yokoo said 5 years ago

    Gaaah! I can't stand the cuteness! I love them!

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 5 years ago

    This is horticulture on my scale! Can't wait to try it. Maybe I can graduate to not killing full sized plants.

  • BerryAlaMode

    BerryAlaMode said 5 years ago

    Super cute! Must try it at once! Thanks for sharing :)

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt said 5 years ago

    I'm off to plant a beautiful teacup...It's too small for tea anyway!

  • RotdCreations

    RotdCreations said 5 years ago

    Great creations for your home or office! Great blog!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Everything is cuter when it's smaller! : D so sweet

  • recycledideas

    recycledideas said 5 years ago

    Those are really adorable.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    Love the earrings!

  • purpleandlime

    purpleandlime said 5 years ago

    so itty bity! love!

  • sianykitty

    sianykitty said 5 years ago

    too cute.. love it

  • Maelo

    Maelo said 5 years ago

    You guys feature the best how-tuesdays <3 I love you ETSY

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush said 5 years ago

    Good things in small packages!

  • littlesoup

    littlesoup said 5 years ago

    cuuute!!thanks for the instructions on the hanger!meow!

  • sillysister

    sillysister said 5 years ago

    A simple solution to watering is tiny ice cubes. They release the water slowly, so no water drains out - all goes to the plant roots. And they're easy to measure. You can use crushed ice if your ice cubes are too large for your planter.

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 5 years ago

    Oh my!!! I love these! And they are perfect for my apartment too!

  • driftforever

    driftforever said 5 years ago

    adorable!! thanks for sharing!

  • Funamals

    Funamals said 5 years ago

    I LOVE this! I love small things and I love plants. I have a lot of plants but I tend to kill them a lot too lol.

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule said 5 years ago

    ahhhhhh!!! This is just too cute!! :D Thanks for posting this!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    What sweetheart projects! Oh I'd love to have dozens of the hanging plants!

  • emwi

    emwi said 5 years ago

    I love this so much! Small versions of things are just so much cuter than regular-sized things. I've been wanting some macrame plant hangers, but living in my small apartment, I don't have much space. This is the perfect solution! I do have a jade plant, so all I need are some clippings and I can have an adorable mini-hanging plant space. Thanks for sharing!

  • emilysislandknits

    emilysislandknits said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this cute idea. These will make great Easter gifts for my nieces!

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 said 5 years ago

    OH NO... Another collection!!!!! At least this one will fit in my room (~.~) Ellen This was an eyeopener " how-tuesday" THANKYOU

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 5 years ago

    that is adorable!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    So cute! Succulents are my favorite!!

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 said 5 years ago

    Just a thought for everyone else who is space challenged...Etsy has some old , free standing mug racks that would make a nice spot to hang these!

  • pillowfactory

    pillowfactory said 5 years ago

    so stinking cute!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • ballerina20

    ballerina20 said 5 years ago

    I love this idea! I made my cousin two of these as necklaces for her birthday and she loved them. If you want to make them totally by hand you can even buy molding clay from a craft store and make the pot yourself. I made little heart shaped pots, they were adorable!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Great ideas!

  • WingedWorld

    WingedWorld said 5 years ago

    Love the vintage thimbles used as planters!

  • oo0oSUGARo0oo

    oo0oSUGARo0oo said 5 years ago

    SO CUTE! :D

  • NaviWing

    NaviWing said 5 years ago

    This is definitely super adorable, and I love the idea of having a whole bunch of little planters, but won't they someday get... big?

  • thevicagirl

    thevicagirl said 5 years ago

    That is so cute! I love that there is jewelry out of them to!

  • aptrick

    aptrick said 5 years ago

    wow i can't wait to give my toys PLANTS :D so great

  • bigtwig

    bigtwig said 5 years ago

    These are fantastic – I live in a small apartment, and tiny plants like this would be perfect.

  • Zerplooty

    Zerplooty said 5 years ago

    My heart is bursting from the cute!

  • glusk

    glusk said 5 years ago

    is it bad that i want to eat the little plant and its pot and hanger?

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    As a recent convert to house plants, I love this! and those earrings are epic!

  • srwatches

    srwatches said 5 years ago

    Cute! I love miniatures (as you can tell by my watches)! I used to grow all kinds of mini plants, from African Violets to Roses. I am going to have to get the book "Microcrafts". Happy to find other people that like miniatures.

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 5 years ago

    Adorable! I'm a big miniature collector. Love these!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 5 years ago

    Those macrame pot hanger earrings from KatieHatz are killing me. Seriously, Etsy, honestly, I love you forever. Don't ever leave me!

  • Macramaking

    Macramaking said 5 years ago

    Excellent post! I've been making miniature plant hangers for quite some time. They are so much fun & the possibilities are endless! Such a nice conversation starter too! Love it!

  • alittlelessmundane

    alittlelessmundane said 5 years ago

    Precious!

  • mostlyart

    mostlyart said 5 years ago

    What a great idea! I like the instructions for a miniature macrame plant hanger too!

  • StillWithYou

    StillWithYou said 5 years ago

    Adorable!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 5 years ago

    Egads! This is just the right mix of cute & genius! :D

  • minta77

    minta77 said 5 years ago

    so cute! love it and am going to make some :)

  • whimsywireandwool

    whimsywireandwool said 5 years ago

    OMGoodness. ADORABLE!! Hmmmm, gives me so many ideas.

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 5 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Mina1130

    Mina1130 said 5 years ago

    I love it! Going to see what I can come up with soon as I get home. :)

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 5 years ago

    I LOVE it! Very fun. (Easy to clean up if it spills too!! :} ~Krista

  • thesetinytreasures

    thesetinytreasures said 5 years ago

    How adorable! I LOVE tiny things :)

  • naturalwooddesign

    naturalwooddesign said 5 years ago

    Awesome !! Those earrings are pretty interesting!!

  • ajewelrycraft

    ajewelrycraft said 5 years ago

    This is ingenious! I absolutely love these little plants!

  • 9stories

    9stories said 5 years ago

    Very cute and original!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    Great idea ~ so much for so little!

  • UrbanCottageCrafters

    UrbanCottageCrafters said 5 years ago

    Adorable and creative!! Thanks for sharing!

  • ShastaBlastaMasta

    ShastaBlastaMasta said 5 years ago

    I love all the micro plants! I am going to have to try to make myself a pair of those tiny micro plant holder plant earrings. Very cute idea. I also have an idea to use a strain of moss on some foam or something. Some moss strains can live on just the air or very little water like cactus

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 5 years ago

    Too adorable! my inner botanist was awakened just looking at this blog post! thanks for sharing :)

  • sarahpennington1

    sarahpennington1 said 5 years ago

    What a unique idea. I have a friend who makes miniature houses and rooms as a hobby and I'm definitely going to share this idea with her.

  • doodlebirdie

    doodlebirdie said 5 years ago

    L.O.V.E!!!!!!

  • TerraCasa

    TerraCasa said 5 years ago

    SO adorable! What a great way to add a little green to my windowsill!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 5 years ago

    Super cute, I love the miniature planter idea. Although I may not be able to pull off those knots. . .

  • dobleele

    dobleele said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to try it out! Great tutorial :)

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 5 years ago

    PRECIOUS! I want to make about one million of these itty bitty dreamer plants. Of course I'll need a tiny house to put them in and a tiny snail named Countess Slime Trail to occupy the house and tend the plants!

  • sarahkaydesign

    sarahkaydesign said 5 years ago

    This idea is fantastic! You can make anyplace beautiful! Great post!

  • ilovesmallbites

    ilovesmallbites said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh those photos are so cute! Recently I saw in a store that they were selling real mini cactus plants as refrigerator magnets and thought that was the cutest thing. I would love to decorate our apt. with these tiny plants! What a great idea.

  • JenniferSonjaArt

    JenniferSonjaArt said 5 years ago

    Love these darling little minis! Thanks for posting!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love those teeny plants! Great post!

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 5 years ago

    This is the best post ever....mini cuteness! Thanks =)

  • nihanparlak

    nihanparlak said 5 years ago

    Goergous! :)

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    These tiny planters are so sweet!

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  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    What a conversation piece. They are too cute!

  • paperbugg

    paperbugg said 5 years ago

    these are so cute. I cant wait to make them and put them all over my house. im gonna try putting them into jars.

  • anitaliwette

    anitaliwette said 5 years ago

    Precious! Makes me think of Thumbelina, fairies and all things tiny, adorable and happy!

  • EmeraldPixie

    EmeraldPixie said 5 years ago

    Love microterrariums.

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette said 5 years ago

    Adorable! They're like little baby plants xD Just Precious!

  • kiranofindaly

    kiranofindaly said 5 years ago

    Love you mini plants! I make mini-sculptures to save space

  • kmoran114

    kmoran114 said 5 years ago

    What great ideas! My kids will LOVE trying this out! Thanks :)

  • feelingartsystudio

    feelingartsystudio said 5 years ago

    Too cute!!!!

  • mayapar

    mayapar said 5 years ago

    So cute! Thanks for the idea!

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna said 5 years ago

    Love this! Sent it to my daughter in Cali who lives in a small space, but has a big love for plants. Thanks!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Absolutely adorable!!! Love it! :>)

  • ljersey

    ljersey said 5 years ago

    So cute! I LOVE this!

  • organichaos

    organichaos said 5 years ago

    Weee!!!

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 5 years ago

    The cats are begging me to make some of these.

  • VintageAndSupply

    VintageAndSupply said 5 years ago

    I soo want to try these now!! thanks for sharing! Many neat things that are otherwise unusable make great planters, like the thimbles, corks pictured, & also new found objects at yard sales & such. Someone else's trash... :)

  • BountifulDesigns

    BountifulDesigns said 5 years ago

    So cute!! I'm going to do this!!

  • thebadgerset

    thebadgerset said 5 years ago

    So sweet!

  • onesunnyafternoon

    onesunnyafternoon said 5 years ago

    This is so adorable! Thank you for the tutorial

  • sarahann0509

    sarahann0509 said 5 years ago

    Adorable! I have the perfect little pots for these. One question though - do you have to repot these little guys? Or do they stay pretty little?

  • amytee252

    amytee252 said 5 years ago

    I had one of these on the end of a mobile phone... a tiny little plant in an enclosed capsule (holes for water and air)... certainly garnered a lot of interest!

  • rootsintheair

    rootsintheair said 5 years ago

    amazing! thank you!!

  • shawnz

    shawnz said 5 years ago

    Big love for the teeny pots! Awesome.

  • Lockraemono

    Lockraemono said 5 years ago

    The hanging plant is really adorable (:

  • wolfmansmummy

    wolfmansmummy said 5 years ago

    absolutely adorable! i haven't thought of macrame in...nevermind, too much age math! wonderful! thanks!

  • chatterboxboutique

    chatterboxboutique said 5 years ago

    I love the mini props used in the pictures (the dino's my fav!). Fun How-Tuesday article! Thank you!

  • fourbeansboutique

    fourbeansboutique said 5 years ago

    Probably the most adorable and calming idea ever. Soooo cute!

  • amicafe

    amicafe said 5 years ago

    Love this post!!!

  • lesley328

    lesley328 said 5 years ago

    Too cute!

  • TheGoldenSnail

    TheGoldenSnail said 5 years ago

    This just made my day. Nuff said. :)

  • BritnJones

    BritnJones said 5 years ago

    How cute are those! Definitely going to try and make one!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    So cute and fun! I can't wait to make one!

  • Soupis

    Soupis said 5 years ago

    These so cute. I wish my cats were not so fond of eating my plants.

  • nicoahsmeem

    nicoahsmeem said 5 years ago

    I love these little creations. Afun thing to do too.

  • doggonecuteapparel

    doggonecuteapparel said 5 years ago

    All these little creations are so cute!

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 5 years ago

    So lovely

  • justthegoods

    justthegoods said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this post! I'm so intrigued by these incredible lil' green creations, and have so many on my favourites list, but since an overwhelming majority of the Etsians offering these are based in the US, I can't order one b/c I'm in Canada. That said, even though this post is very comprehensive,I have such a **non-green** thumb that I really do need someone else to make it so I can give my best shot at keeping it alive ;-) So hey, Canadians out there, please please make some teensie tiny innie minnie adorable micro planters/terrariums so I can buy one from you, okay? *tee hee*. =-)

  • LouLouGifts

    LouLouGifts said 5 years ago

    adorable!!

  • ZebraTooth

    ZebraTooth said 5 years ago

    Adorable! This should help me feel like a giant. Rawr!

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe said 5 years ago

    So cute!

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  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 5 years ago

    I didn't think that I had any more room for plants, but now I see that I could add another 20 or so. Great story - thanks.

  • Thamburan

    Thamburan said 5 years ago

    Amazing..!!

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 said 5 years ago

    I love your ideas Thank you. Been going through house plant withdraw due to the work schedule and the current home, the back yard is west of the house and the Sun can make it quite hot. Can't wait to give your tips a try.

  • shopworndesigns

    shopworndesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the how to. Very cute. Love the ones made out of corks.

  • LunaReece

    LunaReece said 5 years ago

    Love everything in this post!!!!

  • PurpleButrflyCrochet

    PurpleButrflyCrochet said 5 years ago

    My second love - plants....thinking of making a "curtain" of Macramé Hangers for my bedroom window.

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  • annagrace2010

    Lois Chang from annagrace2010 said 5 years ago

    I grow plants and flowers in my house and backyard. But never grow something that tiny and lively. Soooooo cute and thanks for sharing this post.

  • alejmiami

    Alex M Lynch from alejmiami said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this blog - plants are everywhere in my house but these little beauties are amazing !!!

  • wjxwinter

    Jiaxin Wang from wjxwinter said 5 years ago

    cute and lovely you can use on bjd

  • vividpint

    VIVID Paint from vividpaint said 5 years ago

    how cute ~

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi said 5 years ago

    ilovesmallbites said magnets. Who doesn't have a fridge that needs a little cuteness added?

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