Do you know what a huge ragman am I? A gigantic one, it’s phenomenal. I can collect from the recycling or selectively decide not to throw away a bunch thingies, driven by my belief that in the near future I come up with brilliant usage of all of them. The general rule unfolds accordingly: I will collect a piece of "junk" (as my mum enjoys calling them) until I come up with a practical/beautiful usage for them. This rule applies almost every time on everything I find along my way. In this framework, one of my roommates threw away a small white plastic tank as you can imagine I couldn’t resist "saving" it.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, my succulent pots started reproducing threateningly fast. I made floating hanging pots with the smallest of them, but it wasn’t enough. I had to replant them in bigger pots in groups as briefly as possible, so I could save some precious space. However, the ideal pot, low and wide, was slipping from my vision or from existence in every shop I have been. But then, tadaa, I remembered the tank I collected, which was waiting for me patiently in a corner. The moral of my little story; when life gives you small tanks/containers recycle them into pots for succulents.
Supplies: plastic tank/container, old knife with a smooth blade (attention, it can’t be used in the kitchen again), gas stove, marker
1. With a marker draw a line around the container and make sure it is parallel to a flat surface. The height of the line from the tank's bottom depends on how tall you want your -future- pot to be. Open the gas stove and hold the knife’s blade (one without little teeth) on the fire until the blade becomes red (caution! do not touch the blade, the burning would be unforgivably painful!). Place the bottle sideways on a hard surface and dip the knife on the line. Keep cutting by holding and turning the tank with one hand and cutting with the other. Make sure to cut by pulling your hand in one direction, no backs and forths. Thus, cutting will be as “clean” as possible, without “eaten” plastic. When knife cools and stops cutting with ease (like cutting warm butter) hold it above fire and repeat with cutting. Don't forget to open holes on the bottom of the tank for good drainage. If you observe any worn parts in the edge of the pot correct them with the knife while it's still hot. If these parts seem still worn, you can paint the edge of the pot (gold? light grey?). I preferred to keep it as it is and I hid some minor worn spots under some rich succulent branches.
2. Your pot is read. Let's move on planting your cacti/succulents. At the bottom of the pot, over the holes, place some broken ceramics for better drainage. Then mix soil for cacti/succulents with small pebbles in an analogy of 3:1. Pour a thin layer of the mixture in the pot and then align the plants in it. Pick 3-5 plants (for a pot of 20 cm in diameter) since succulents love growing altogether in tight spaces. Be sure to choose plants which have the same watering/light needs so that they can grow collaboratively.
I will urge you to use recycled materials in your crafts as turning into something practical and aesthetically beautiful is a win-win; for you and the poor environment which is drowning in rubbish. By the way, I love the curves in the bottom of the pot. None of the for-sale pots I was looking at looked so fancy. Tell me, would you make something like that or is it too much trouble for nothing for you? I will be glad to know.
Happy creative adventures! xoxo