DIY African Mamma Planter
Here's the perfect gift for the eco-mom this Mother's Day! Give like a gardener with this stunning DIY planter made from an empty bottle, some South African flavour, a cute creeper, and a splash of creativity. Whether the mom in your life is an auntie, sister, cousin, or guardian – this home-made act of gratitude is sure to show them just how much you adore their presence in your life.
You will need:
- A clean, empty 2l milk/juice carton (remove any labels and glue, keep the lid).
- Waterproof paint.
- A permanent marker.
- Knife or scissors.
- An African-inspired cloth for the kopdoek/headband (larger piece) and neck (small piece).
- Rope for hanging.
- Potting soil (available at your GCA Garden Centre).
- A cute creeper (as hair) from your GCA Garden Centre. Go for a fun outing and check out which creepers are in season now.
Plant picks: Pilea glauca bowl, String of beads, Philodendron selloum and other Philodendron varieties, Guzmania varieties, Spider plant, and Pathos.
Making your Mamma
- Turn your carton upside down and conceptualise: the opening serves as the neck of your character, the handle becomes the nose, and the bottom end becomes the top of her head where the plant will go.
- Cut off the “head” quarter of the carton (not the lid end).
- Cut a few drainage holes/slits in the lid cap of your carton (her neck). Cut holes for the rope from which to hang your planter and then thread it through.
- Paint or draw on her lips above the neck, create her eyebrows just above the ending of the nose, and then her eyes, either opened or closed with luscious lashes, of course! You can play with the facial features of your mamma – perhaps add a nose ring or earnings, a little blush or eyeshadow. You could even make an African pappa or a few kids to accompany her.
- Carefully fill your container halfway with nutritious potting soil. Make sure the lid is on!
- Pop in your cute creeper as the hair for your mamma. Add more potting soil and tuck your new baby in.
- With your gorgeous larger cloth in hand, consult tannie Google on how to wrap a traditional kopdoek. Alternatively, you could go for a bandanna or headband style too. Arrange the leaves of your creeper as desired to give her that wild and untamed look.
- Using the smaller cloth, cover her neck and the lid.
- Water her up!
- You can either hang your creation with rope, or use her as table décor, allowing her hair to hang off an end.
- Remember to check what light conditions your creeper needs to choose the best spot for her to flourish.
Enjoy warming your mom's heart this Mother's Day with a daily reminder of your appreciation. Put your gardening passion and upcycling creativity to work!