Sunday, February 26, 2012

Felt Planters


Hello my name is Christl and I'm addicted to felt.  This is well known among family and friends, who collect stories and send me pictures of anything felt related.  A friend who had attended Stitches West called me up to tell me about some felt flower pot cozies she had seen.  Seeing as I am also an avid gardener, this got my wheels turning.

Access to felt was absolutely not a problem for me.  I sell felt (or technically fulled) accessories at Fiberpuppy.  I have all kinds of failed projects lying around.  I fondly refer to them as my Chernobyl collection.  Flower pots on the other hand are in short supply at my house.  My husband is a plant hoarder
Every container is in use as a holding cell for some bit of greenery he could not bear to part with.

Then it occurred to me that there is really no reason to even use a pot.  The felt actually retains water making it an ideal planter.  I wasn't 100% sure this would work so we started small, using succulents which tend to tolerate small containers.

We added dirt, then the plants and finished with lava rock.  We then soaked them in a bucket of water.  Look they actually float.


The felted containers I had were kind of odd shapes and didn't really want to stand up on their own.  I tried propping them up against other plants.


Then the second brilliant part of the plan emerged.  I should hang them on the fence.  Not only did this keep the plants upright, it created vertical planting space.

So we'll see how these plants fare, before I go whole hog creating planting installments all over the fence.  But I'm thinking I could be on to something wonderful.


10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I must share this with my sister the knitter, who is also a certified 'Master Gardener' :) Hoping your plants all fare well in their lovely containers!

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE the planters!!!

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  3. Very cool!! Also very Dr.Seuss ish!! I love it!!

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  4. You should sell these in your shop. I love love love them! Did I say love? I do!

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