Making a ball planter on a post

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A couple of years ago, I had two old lamp shades and thought that I would see if I can think of a use for them. I am very interested in gardening so I thought that I would see if I could make a ball planter with them and attach it to the top of a spare broom handle.

It started with two old lamphades

I took the two old lampshades, and firstly removed all the old material from them and was left with two frames:-

Placing the Frames together

Initially I just placed the frames loosely together just to see what it looked like. I could see that when completed the planter would be of an appropriate size for the garden.

Finding a suitable stand

For this I used a spare broom handle that I had in the garage. I drilled a hole in the handle and put a long nut and bolt at the place where the base of the ball was so that it would stay in place and wouldn't drop to the bottom of the pole.

Lining the planter

I found enough spare material to line the two halves of the planter, and cut the excess material off.

Filling the planter halves with potting compost

I filled the planter halves completely to the top with potting compost. If I had some water retention granules these would have been mixed in with the compost too.

Putting the two Planter halves together

After both halves were filled with compost, I held a piece of cardboard over what was to be the top half of the planter, and quickly tipped it upside down onto the bottom half.

Carefully removed the cardboard

I carefully slid out the cardboard thus leaving the planter inside completely filled with compost. I was pleased to see how the planter was developing

Wiring the two halves together

I then wired the two halves of the planter together, using the little green plastic ties that can be found in the gardening section of many shops.

Making the base

I had an old square plastic plant pot so I drilled a hole in the base large enough for the broom handle to go through. Iturned the pot uside down, placed a piece of tubing in the centre of the pot with a large enough diameter for the broom handle to go through and filled the inside of the pot with cement.

Once dried I stuck some spare ceramic tiles to the edges. turned it over and popped the broom handle through it.

Starting to plant up the Ball Planter

I just tried a few leafy twigs in the planter just to see what it would look like and then took them back out

Adding a Finial to the top

I was looking for something to finish off the top of the ball planter and found an old varnished wooden door knob that I had in a drawer in my shed!

Planter in full bloom

Here is the planter in full bloom, planted up with different coloured allysum, tagetes, pansies and whatever spare plants I had grown. I found some spare stainless steel tubes from some old solar lights and slid them on the broom handle to give a better appearance...

Hope you liked my nifty idea!

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Ball Planter, Old Lamp Shade, Post

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Peter for your quick moderation

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
7th May 2012 (#)

Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Pradeep for your visit and supportive comment. Pleased to meet you...

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author avatar Tess Irons
7th May 2012 (#)

This is a very clever idea, Rich. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

SO glad you like the idea Tess, thank you

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th May 2012 (#)

Fabulous I want to give this a try, many thanks Richard:0)!!!

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia I am sure you will be pleased with the result.

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author avatar Buzz
7th May 2012 (#)

You shared a fabulous star page, rich. I'll share this on my FB, my friend.

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz for doing this and for your great comments

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author avatar Christine Crowley
7th May 2012 (#)

Wow - what a great idea. You are a genius! It looks terrific.

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author avatar richardpeeej
7th May 2012 (#)

Haha don't know about genius Christine - just a bit thrifty.....lol. Thank you for calling in :-)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2012 (#)

You are simply creative and brilliant. Thank you for sharing nice innovative ideas richardpeee

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author avatar richardpeeej
8th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Md Rezaul so glad that you enjoyed the share...

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author avatar Songbird B
9th May 2012 (#)

Such a great Star page Rich, and what a clever and thrifty idea this is. Your photos of this stage by stage are quite stunning and make it easy to follow..Informative, clever and practical..Well done my dear friend! \0/xxx

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author avatar richardpeeej
9th May 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Songbird Bev, your comments on my work are always so good to receive. It is great that you are back with us again and I look forward to seeing your uploads...;-) x

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author avatar richardpeeej
9th May 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Songbird Bev, your comments on my work are always so good to receive. It is great that you are back with us again and I look forward to seeing your uploads...;-) x

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

this is great richard...will use when I move and I have a courtyard too...thanks so much...

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author avatar richardpeeej
16th Dec 2012 (#)

Thank you. You are welcome cnwriter oops sorry I missed your message somehow...

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author avatar spgreaney
9th Aug 2013 (#)

I love this idea. So simple to make. It would be a great addition to a garden in summer with all the flowers in bloom.

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author avatar richardpeeej
9th Aug 2013 (#)

Oh thank you spgreaney. Glad you like the idea. I may try growing a tomato plant or two in there next time ;-)

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