Vintage Wood Bowl Hanging Planter
There is a fun new product in the crafting, DIY world called “Unicorn SPiT.” Just the name itself is amazing, but I had seen several of the bright colorful projects done with this gel stain medium and I decided it was time to try it out for myself. The creator of this great product is Michelle. And Michelle was kind enough to send me two bottles of SPiT to try out. I chose two different teal colors, “Navajo Jewel” and “Zia Teal.” Right out of the box I could smell them. These great handmade stains come in super bright, fun colors, are water based, and the most amazing part is that they smell like jasmine! They are safe and non toxic, and you can use your hands to apply them if you choose, which is super therapeutic! Sounds too good to be true, right? I tried them out, and I’m excited to show you the results! I found an old wood bowl in a thrift shop, it wasn’t anything special. I’ve seen dozens before, but I decided that it would make the perfect project to test run my new Unicorn SPiT. I would turn the old boring wood bowl into a fun new hanging plant shelf!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Unicorn Spit Hanging Plant Shelf:
- Unicorn SPiT (at least two complimentary colors)
- Wood bowl
- Oil based polyurethane
- White rope
- 7/16 Spade Drill bit
- Sand paper
- Plastic Wrap
- Spray bottle with water
Clean off the wood bowl. Mine was old, and dusty. I sanded it lightly to remove some of the old finish, and then cleaned it again.
This next part is the super fun part!
Place the bowl, bottom up on a protective surface. Squeeze some SPiT out of the bottles into circles around the bottom of the bowl. Lightly spray with water.
Take your plastic wrap and drape it over the bowl. Smoosh (technical term) the SPiT around under the plastic until it’s blended and combined. Now lift the plastic wrap straight up and off of the bowl.
Spray with a little more water if needed, I wanted the SPiT to drip down the sides of the bowl.
Let it dry.
When it is completely dry you will need to seal it. The one and only rule when using Unicorn SPiT is that it must be sealed with an oil based sealer. If you try to use a water based sealer it will just reactivate the dry spit and smear it around more. I used a satin polyurethane. Two coats.
Let that dry completely. Now your ugly bowl is beautiful, and ready to be turned into a hanging plant shelf!
With the bowl still upside down, mark three spaces around the edge of the bowl where you want the holes to go. Use your drill and add three holes.
Cut three lengths of rope. The length of your rope will depend on how low you want your hanging plant shelf to hang. My rope segments were 42″ each.
Thread one end of each rope into a hole in the bowl, and tie a knot on the inside of the bowl to hold the rope in place.
*A little tip: If you’re having difficulty putting the rope through the hole because it keeps fraying, you can either wrap the end in white duct tape, or use a lighter to melt the rope ends.
Bring all three rope segments up to the top and tie them together in a knot. I tied two knots at the top, and then frayed the rope to make it look like a rope tassel at the top.
Hang your new hanging plant shelf from a hook secured to the ceiling (make sure the hook will hold the kind of weight needed to hang a plant). From a bowl that I would never have used for it’s original purpose, to a beautiful new hanging plant shelf with fun Unicorn SPiT character.
Isn’t that the prettiest SPiT you’ve ever seen? Now I find myself looking for other items that are in need of some Unicorn SPiT! Such a fun medium to play with! If you want to try some too, you can order directly from the Unicorn SPiT website. Plus, it will make you feel good supporting a small business, and who doesn’t need a little jasmine smelling art therapy every once in awhile?