No More Coconut Liners for My Hanging Baskets!


I always have hanging baskets, all over the place! On stands, on my trees anywhere I can find a place that needs some color, and every year have to replace the coconut liners, this year they had gone up to $4 a piece ๐Ÿ™„ You can buy a new basket and liner for $5.00! It was going to cost me a fortune this year, I use to get them at the Dollar Tree for $1.00, but that still adds up when you have a lot of
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
For my baskets I cut a 20" x 20" burlap piece
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Folded it in half to make a triangle
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Folded it over again and cut off the odd end
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Now I have a circle to start my liner
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Measured around my basket which was 44"
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Cut a 45" piece of burlap wreath ribbon, add an inch for your 1/2" seam allowance.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Sew the ends of your ribbon together first and if you are using wired ribbon , best if you pull and cut a few inches out of the ends. Sewing machine needles and floral wire aren't very compatible!

Pin your ribbon or edging face down on to the burlap

I quarterd out my ribbon and burlap and then kept doing sections at a time until all that was left was a little section then just made a little pleat. I tried to do basting so it would be a subtle gathering but that is just too much work for a plant hanger and besides I always get threads cuts ( worse than a paper cut) when pulling the basting threads. Lol besides it's just going to hold dirt, no reason to get it perfect!
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
All pinned and ready to sew.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Sew the ribbon face down onto the burlap. I used carpet and button thread a lot more durable than regular thread. I thought about using clear filament thread ( like fishing line) but my sewing machine doesnt like it very well, so anyway button and carpet is good , since it will be outside in the heat, I figured it would last better.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Remove chains from basket and put your new pretty plant liner in the basket!
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Now take a diaper, I always buy the cheapest ones I can find cause I go through a lot of them. Cut it down and take off all the elastic and tabs and lay in one solid piece or cut in half and put 2 short pieces side by side.

I buy a lot of diapers because I always soak them and add the gel inside to all my potting soil, that stuff is amazing for retaining water, keeps my plants moist along time, and cuts down so much on watering plants.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Now put your old tattered coconut liner from last years hanging plants inside and attach your chains at 12:00-4:00-8:00. They poke through the burlap very easily! I made some edging with regular fabric and had to cut a little hole in them to get the hook through.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Waa Laa! Add your flowers of your choice, I choose marigolds of herbs usually for this location because of the mosquito factor but put pansy's in the winter time so I always have color! Add some more dirt with diaper gel mixed in and you have a pretty hanging basket that will last a lot longer than a coconut liner and is pretty much drought tolerant.
no more coconut liners for my hanging baskets
Here is the complete hanger, 2 with the burlap edging, 2 with fabric scraps I used to make edging! Right by my back door that has a pet door on the outside storm door. That is why I use the marigolds here. Have to deter those little pests as much as possible because my big German Shepherd keeps that door very active! Lol
Final cost of all 4 liners about $4.00.
Burlap $1 - burlap edging $2 - scrap material $0. - 4 diapers $1. And it
took me about 20 minutes to construct one lining.
Hope you all enjoyed this and try it out! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Š
Happy Spring Gardening! ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ
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  • Judy
    on Dec 29, 2018

    Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Is the gel stuff in the diaper ? If so do you leave it in the diaper?

  • Kathy
    on Dec 29, 2018

    Would growing Herbs like basil work in these type of planters

    • Lora Taylor Hyatt
      on Dec 30, 2018

      I wouldnโ€™t use diaper gel in anything that would be consumed because of the chemicals leaching into the plant

  • Joanie
    on Dec 30, 2018

    This is completely adorable!! Could you use large kotex in the bottom. Reasonable?

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