It’s the first day of Spring. YAS.
What’s better than a bottle of really good merlot? Repurposing its cork into something really beautiful and functional, that’s what. My lovely friends at Ninety+ Cellars sent me a few bottles of the good stuff, and it was the perfect opportunity to do a DIY with the corks. I’ll have to admit; I took quite a few wine breaks while making this planter but I promise you that it’s a very quick and simple DIY.
Want to make a hanging planter of your own? Read on for the tutorial, but make sure to check out Ninety+ Cellars and their story first!
what you’ll need:
- 3 wine corks
- small, sharp knife
- brass jewelry wire
- liquid gold paint
- small paintbrush
- non-toxic school glue
- 3 air plants
step one: using a small knife, carve out a small burrow in each of the corks. This part will hold the airplane so be aware of the size of your air plants. Be careful with the knife! Pro tip: the cork is easier to carve if you soak it in water first.
step two: decorate the cork with gold paint according to what’s your style – have fun with it!
step three: poke the jewelry wire through the cork longways. Leave about an inch and a half of wire on each side of the cork. Pushing it through requires a bit of patience, but it’s easier if your wire is less “bendy”.
step four: line the corks up on a flat surface. On each side, use the yarn to string the 3 copper wires together. For the most secure planter, tie a knot around the copper wire then bend a little bit of wire over the knot.
Leave some extra string on one end of the “ladder” to use for hanging it up.
step five: glue an air plant to the bottom side (facing down) of each cork. Make sure it’s dry and the plants are secure before you you hang it up.
P.S. I know I’m going to get many questions about this, so yes, it’s fine to glue the air plants as long as it’s not with a toxic glue (school glue is your best option). Air plants don’t need much attention to survive just a little bit of…you guessed it…air.
step six: hang up your planter in a window or above your bed!
As promised, it’s a very simple tutorial that even the least crafty person can follow. It also helps your creativity to have some vino on hand while working – still testing this theory. Thanks so much for reading and look out for a cocktail recipe featuring rosé from Ninety+ cellars that will have you going “yaaaaas”.
Happy first day of spring!