Reel Plant Holder - How to Get the Look

April 19th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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You start a vintage movie reel. Make sure that you have removed any remaining film from the reel before getting started. I decided to give this reel a cottage appeal so I chose a satin white spray paint. If you want you could go to a high gloss. Im a big fan of Rustoleum products and this particular type of spray can is my favorite in their line. Less mess!
Oopsie, doops...before I spray painted the reel I glued some washers to the holes in the center of the reel. Why did I do that? Im using ribbon to hang the plant holder and I wanted a more snug fit for the ribbon. The holes in the washers are much smaller that hold the ribbon firmly in place.
Yummy! I love the crisp white combined with my color choice. Chocolate brown, delicious blue/green, rosy pink, white, natural, and greens from subtle to bright is my color story pick of 2011.
Terra cotta pots that are brand spanking new are not my favorite. I either have to throw them in the dirt for a couple months to get them aged nicely or I have to paint them. In this case, I wanted everything to be white so I went to the spray can. The Rustoleum spray paint works just as well on the terra cotta as it does on the metal reel. Yeah!!
Do you want a little embellishment on your pots? Here is one option. Clip the tip off of an upholstwery tack, one for each pot.
Put a few drops of Gorilla Super Glue around the edge of your pot.
Dont let any grass grow before wrapping some plant tape or ties around the top of the pot. You know I work with Otten Bros. now and I have lots of items you might not think about working with at my finger tips. This tape is what I call nifty noodle. If you want it to be on the pot permanantly you can use the glue. If you want to use it just for a special occasion you can simply wrap it around the pot and overlap it because it sticks to itself. It is a Velcro product. When youre done using it you can tie up you tomato plants. Am I right about the nifty noodle factor? And to boot...the color is to die for! The head of the tack can be glued and attached at the overlap of the tape. You could also use a button or some rhinestones if bling is what you are after. I chost to keep it simple and just wrap my pots with the tape because I had a lot going on in the pots.
Now your pots are ready to be filled. These are small pots, 3 1/2 inches in diameter so I didnt want a plant that would over power the pot or the scale of the entire project. I chose angel vine (LOVE!) and put one small plant in three of the pots. The remaing three pots got moss, a nest, and an egg.
Now its time to put the Easter bonnet on the pots...in other words pretty them up a bit. Before you start that process I recommend covering the unsightly dirt with moss for a more finished look. I always keep several types of moss on hand for this purpose. For these pots I used plain old fashioned sheet moss for its rich green and other earth tones.After that I added som reindeer moss. Why did I do that? I wanted a pop of color and reinder moss is always good for that. Next I laid some eggs in the pots. Ahh, hahaha! I found these eggs at the craft store. Notice theyre not all colorful, but organic natural and white. If you want bling you could go with some small sparkly eggs....whatever you like!
I also added another small plant to the mix. Succulents are beautiful in my opinion anyway. I love this choice because of the green with just a touch of that loverly rosy pink accent color.
I ran the ribbons through the bottom of the reel and knotted each one to keep them from going through the hole. Notice I ran the more substantial ribbon through the center and that becomes the hanging ribbon. You could spray paint a metal disk and glue over the opening to cover ribbons. I did not do that because at the height I am hanging it no one can see the bottom.
The ribbons come out the top. As you saw in the previous post I ran all ribbons through a spray painted spring to keep them all in check. This also keeps the ribbons balanced so your plant holder will hang evenly instead of cattywhampus. Is that how you spell that? And there you have it. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
You start a vintage movie reel. Make sure that you have removed any remaining film from the reel before getting started. I decided to give this reel a cottage appeal so I chose a satin white spray paint. If you want you could go to a high gloss. Im a big fan of Rustoleum products and this particular type of spray can is my favorite in their line. Less mess!

You start a vintage movie reel. Make sure that you have removed any remaining film from the reel before getting started. I decided to give this reel a cottage appeal so I chose a satin white spray paint. If you want you could go to a high gloss. I'm a big fan of Rustoleum products and this particular type of spray can is my favorite in their line. Less mess!


This Spring/Easter plant holder was so ridiculously easy to make it's not even funny. What I like best about it is that when you remove the eggs and replace with plants you have removed any signs of the holiday and you are ready for just plain spring.


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sandyrae writes: thanks for the tutorial! Posted: 2:26 pm on April 19th
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