Hello, hello! I hope everyone is having a good week. I’ve got family coming to visit this weekend, so I’ve been cranking out a few “ankle-biter” projects over the last few days! You know? Those projects that don’t take a ton of time or effort, they just need to get done so you can cross them off your list and move on? 
The project I am showing you today is one of those projects! In less than 15 minutes and with some very minor handiwork, we had a new addition to our dining room! 
Meet our new hanging planter!

You might just recognize this lantern! I bought it months ago at the Goodwill for $5. I showed it to you here as one of my very fun craft finds! I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it then, but I had a strong suspicion it would involve plants! When it so brilliantly matched my new dining room, I knew exactly what to do with it!

Here is how it started…

The rest of the tutorial is after the jump!

Greg did all the handiwork…I just watched. But here is what he did!

1. Lift metal clips. Using a needle nose pliers, he opened the small metal prongs that were holding the glass panes in the lantern sides.

2. Remove glass pains. Once the prongs were lifted, it was super easy to just pull the glass out. The four glass panels were safely tucked away for another project – you never know when you will need some glass sheets!

3. Install ceiling hook. Although the planter doesn’t weigh that much, we went ahead and installed a heavy-duty hook (I think it can hold up to 60 lbs!). They are really easy to install and are about $3 at any hardware store.

4. Buy and place plant into the lantern. I’m not so good with plants; however the Philodendron and I are good friends! I can neglect them for days (even weeks) on end, and they never die on me! They also re-generate! When any branch gets too long, I clip it off, stick it in water, and it soon becomes a whole other plant!
I bought one at Walmart for about $4 along with a plastic tray. I placed the plastic tray in the base of the lantern then the plant inside the tray. I helped guide the plant’s longer branches out of the lantern…and that was it! 

I love the visual interest of the lantern planter hanging from the ceiling. It’s different and unexpected. It almost feels like a birdcage…only without the bird and the mess! Complete with our glass cake stand, a tall candlestick, and my collection of sea urchins (dried), I really love this corner of my dining room!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! See you Monday!

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