Hanging Posy Pails

Hanging Posy Pails

Use a pulley to support two easy-to-water buckets filled with flowers for your patio.


5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
(2) Metal buckets
(2) Large potted plants of your choice – one for each bucket
Potting soil
Perlite
Decorative pulley
12’ x 3/4” Rope
3” hook and eye with metal ring
Drill with a 1/4” bit
Garden gloves
Craft knife
Heavy-duty glue (optional)

Directions

PREPARING THE BUCKETS:

  1. Turn a bucket upside down. Using a drill with a 1/4” bit, drill 6 holes into the bottom of the bucket for water drainage. The 6 holes can be randomly placed. Repeat for the second bucket (See image below)

  1. Put on garden gloves. Fill each bucket half way with 2 scoops of potting soil for each 1 scoop of perlite. The perlite will help to make the finished buckets lighter in weight. Mix the potting soil and perlite together (See images below)

  1. Remove the first potting plant from its pot and gently massage the roots to loosen the soil around them. Place the plant in a bucket making sure the bucket handle is accessible at the top. Add more potting soil and perlite around the roots, if needed, to cover them completely. Repeat for second plant and bucket (See images below)

Expert Tip: For the pulley to work effectively in later steps, the buckets must be a similar weight to each other. Add more soil (or remove excess soil) until the buckets are similar weights.

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HANGING THE PULLEY:

  1. Decide on the location for the potted plants to hang where there is an eave on the side of the house. This is where you will need to screw in a 3” hook and eye with metal ring to support the pulley. Using a drill with a 1/4” bit (or a bit that is slightly smaller than the screw hook), drill a pilot hole up into the eave. Screw in the 3” hook until it’s securely in place. To help screw in the hook, place a large drill bit through the hook’s eyelet and use it as a torque (See images below)

  1. Hang the pulley from the metal ring on the hook and eye screw (See image below)

HANGING THE BUCKETS ON THE PULLEY:

  1. Tie one end of the rope securely to one bucket handle using a double half hitch knot. Cut off any excess rope with a craft knife (See image below)

  1. Pass the free end of the rope up and over the pulley (See images below)

  1. Hoist up the first bucket on the pulley to the height you want it to hang. Tie the second bucket to the free end of the rope using the knot from Step 6, also at the height you want it to hang. Cut off any excess rope with a craft knife (See image below)

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