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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My hands can do this --- Flower Pot Rack


Remember about my having told in my previous article, Welcome to Our Country Living, that I always pick up falling limbs every morning?  Walking around the yard is a good exercise for me while picking up the fallen dried limbs.  These dried limbs are the ones I always use for my coffee can craft projects.  I provided the links to these projects as shown at the bottom. But I thought of making another project using these dried limbs only. 

This simple flower pot rack is easy to make and inexpensive one.  The raw material I used  blends naturally as it sits on top of a firewood and then another flower pot set in front of  it.  A unique, simple way of setting up a flower pot in a small front porch garden. 


FLOWER POT RACK (with orange flower plant) 
  


FLOWER POT RACK (with yellow flower plant)

Materials:
(16)  7-inch pre-cut dried sticks
(4)    5-inch pre-cut dried sticks
         garden jute strings
         small saw or cutter
         glue gun
         glue sticks
         scissors
         needle nose plier
         pen
         tape measure
         old newspaper
         plant (1 quart pot)
         firewood
         wire
         garden tape
         brick stone

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

Note:  Pre-cut the dried sticks
If you are going to use a flower pot rack bigger than the one specified above,  measure the pot first at the top portion.  Bigger flower pot needs a bigger rack. Be sure to provide an allowance on all sides to determine the exact measurement of the dried sticks to be cut.  You have to consider also where you intend to put the flower pot rack. 

In this case, I intend to put the flower rack on top of a firewood in front of a wood post.  I have to consider how wide is the top of the firewood, so the rack will not fall down.  I choose a small pot only to fit in on top of the firewood.  


Positioning the first set of dried sticks
Lay a page of old newspaper on the table.  Small sticks are separated from the big sticks to avoid confusion in its selection.  Position the first two 7-inch sticks horizontally and then the next two 7-inch sticks vertically above the first two sticks.    


Positioning the flower pot at the center
Position the flower pot at the center to determine the space or allowance to be provided.  Mark each corner with your pen to determine the end points where to attach the dried sticks together.


Attaching the dried sticks
Remove the flower pot.  With your glue gun on hand, attach the sticks starting with one  corner side first.  Do the same procedure on the other corners.  Now you have a pattern of the rack to follow.  Layer another set of dried sticks.  Check  the spacing again by putting back the flower pot at the center.  If everything is aligned on every corner,  attach the second set of sticks.  You don’t have to remove the flower pot because it helps to know where you need to make adjustments while you attach the sticks.  Just move the newspaper as you go around each corner.  Do the same procedure for the last two sets of dried sticks.    


Attaching the sticks at the corner sides (a)


Attaching the sticks at the corner sides (b)
Turn the rack sideward.  With your glue gun on hand, start attaching the 5-inch stick  at the first corner inside.  Be sure the bottom part whose one end of the stick is aligned with the other sticks as in picture (a). Apply glue on all the sticks inside to strengthen the hold. Turn the rack again sideward and do the same procedure on the next corner.  Do the same procedure with the rest of the sticks. When you let it stand upward, the rack should be leveled on the table as in picture (b).


Making a loop tie
Take note that the size of the strings to be cut will vary. It will depend on the size of dried you will use.  So, the thicker the dried stick you use, the longer the strings will be. Cut four 50-inch garden jute strings.  Get one string first.  Have both ends meet together and get its center.  Insert your thumb and forefinger at the middle of the strings. Turn them forward to gather the strings together and make a loop tie as shown in the picture. 


Tying the first corner side

From your forefinger, remove the loop and insert it into the first corner stick.  Tighten the string. 


Tying the layer of sticks (a)


Tying the layers of sticks (b)
One side of the rack should be facing you.  Separate the strings to start the tying. Use one string only to tie one side of each corner.  Make a loop and insert it on the first stick of one side of the first corner and pull to tighten it as in picture (a).  Insert the string into the other side and then run through  the second layer of stick of the same side. Do the same procedure till you reach the last stick.  Leave the excess string.   Change the position of the rack.  Get the other string and do the  same procedure as on the first side.   At the end, get the two excess strings  and tie them together twice at the bottom.  Apply glue to strengthen the hold. The inside part of the rack will uniformly look like the one  shown in picture (b).                                                  


Setting the Flower Pot Rack
Set a brick stone on the ground.  Put the firewood on top of it in front of the post and tie it with a wire using the needle nose plier.  Make adjustments, if possible to level the firewood on the ground.  Set the rack on top of the firewood, put a small coffee can cover or plate,  and then the flower pot.  Tie the flower pot together with the rack around the post, so to keep it in place, especially when there is a strong wind. 


Front Porch- SideView 


Front Porch-FrontView 

Though it takes a lot of work doing these projects, aside from repainting the other elements of my small front porch garden, it pays off upon seeing them finished.  This  completes my simple, humble landscaping with all the Coffee Can Hanging Planters and these Flower Pot Racks in our front porch.  

Please view also my other Coffee Can craft projects:








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