No More Coconut Liners for My Hanging Baskets!

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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 🙄 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 hanging baskets! And then there is the dreaded don't to forget to water them everyday in this Arkansas heat they dry out fast and there is nothing worse than killing a plant right off the top of the season, so I created a heat tolerant , permanent liner and well maybe once in a while I might put a new coconut liner in but that is a big maybe, lol, but not every year anymore! Save $$$ to buy more plants!


UPDATE: since posting this I have started using oilcloth ( vinyl table cloth material for those who aren’t ancient like me lol). And have found that it lasts so much better! I am on the 3rd year with it and still holding up great! It is so inexpensive and so many colorful patterns to choose from. Keep your eye open for end of season clearance sales and you can get a premade tablecloth for really cheap or just buy it by the yard at most Walmart’s for like $3.00 a yard

glad everyone is enjoying this tutorial and thanks!

Shelter down , stay safe and God Bless

For my baskets I cut a 20" x 20" burlap piece

Folded it in half to make a triangle

Folded it over again and cut off the odd end

Now I have a circle to start my liner

Measured around my basket which was 44"

Cut a 45" piece of burlap wreath ribbon, add an inch for your 1/2" seam allowance.

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!

All pinned and ready to sew.

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.

Remove chains from basket and put your new pretty plant liner in the basket!

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.

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.

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.

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! 👍🏼😊

Happy Spring Gardening! 💐🌷🍄🌻🌺🌼

Updated oilcloth liners

Updated to oilcloth and it has outlasted the burlap starting year 4 with it.

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  • Drrachel
    on May 4, 2020


    do I have to measure the depth of the hanging basket to determine the unfinished size to cut?

    thank you.


    • Drrachel
      on May 5, 2020

      Thank you Lora. I would like to use the oil cloth to line my baskets.

  • Cece Landacre Riley
    Cece Landacre Riley
    on Jun 3, 2020

    Do you find the oil cloth has a tendency to make the soil and root system too hot? I would think it wouldn't breathe very well, and do you poke some holes in it for drainage? Do you put a coconut basket liner inside the oil cloth as well? I love the idea, and have some really cute oil cloth on hand.

    • Lora Taylor Hyatt
      Lora Taylor Hyatt
      on Jun 4, 2020

      No I haven’t noticed it being hot but with the gel in there and staying moist all the time maybe that is why. Yes I have a hole or two poked in them for drainage since it downpours here at times.

      yes I put the original coconut liner in when I started and yet they are I’m sure pretty disintegrated by now they are still there.

      I have had the best flowers each year since I started doing this. Usually the heat destroys them within the first month of summer but not anymore they live till the first freeze.

      thanks I hope this helps

  • Millie Callicutt
    Millie Callicutt
    on Jun 19, 2020

    I am an occasional gardener and inspired by this great idea. When you said "....soak them and add the gel inside to all my potting soil...." do you mean you soak the diaper and take the gel out and mix it with the soil? cut it open and water and let it soak through to the soil? I want to do this but am clueless. Thanks

    • Lora Taylor Hyatt
      Lora Taylor Hyatt
      on Jun 20, 2020

      Hi, sorry you were clueless, lol, I find myself that way a little more each day that passes 🙄

      but yes I found the easiest way was to soak the diaper on water and then slice the diaper open and dump it into some soil and mix it up good, then pot your plant. Water good and watch your plant love the moisture!

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  • MaryAnn
    on Jan 4, 2021

    I had 14” hanging all Summer on my balcony. Never thought of the diapers, but used Coconut Coir to hold moisture. My downstairs neighbor saw red when she saw my plants going out. So I knew that these baskets tend to “pee” when watered, measured and discovered the heavy duty, clear vinyl, undersaucers 12 “ in diameter would fit the bottom and are recyclable year to year. I got the extra deep (11/2”) saucers and placed one in each basket, added the soil mixture and plants, no “peeing when we soaked them. We had a nasty heat wave here, above 90° from late June until well into Sept. The baskets were drying out badly. I added a clay irrigating funnel to each. Instead of wine bottles, I used the pretty 1 Liter, navy blue glass bottles my Sparking Water comes in. You fill them with water and they drip irrigate. Got a lot of compliments about the pretty bottles. Used them with my Summering out houseplants too. We only had to water every 4 days, by refilling the bottles every 2 and then they only needed a small top watering. A little misting before the heat of the day helped too. The irrigating funnels and bottles are recyclable year to, year and the funnels are fairly reasonable if you shop around. It was a very successful gambit. Left us time to water the vegetables daily. I like your idea of burlap and oil cloth though. The liners are expensive, even in the off season. 🌸🌼🌻

  • Lora Taylor Hyatt
    Lora Taylor Hyatt
    on Jan 4, 2021

    Great thinking! It seems I always am outside watering something in the dead heat of the summer, sometimes I wonder what was I thinking 🤔 planting so many flowers lol getting close to being 70 shaking my head lol

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