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Not all hanging baskets need to be the regular, upside-down dome shape. A contemporary twist on the hanging basket, these striking aluminium cones make a real statement, yet their chic looks belie the amazing simplicity of their construction.
The aluminium sheets come in a variety of textured finishes and are easy to cut and bend, so a whole clutch of cone hanging baskets can be made in under an hour. For a similar twist on the traditional hanging basket, spring-flowering grape hyacinth can be used to create a stunning hanging muscari ball.
Discover how to make these chic, cone-shaped hanging baskets in our easy-to-follow guide, below.
Cut a piece of string to the length you would like your cone to be, and tie the pen to one end. Stretch the string from one corner of the metal and draw an arc from one edge to the other.
Cut along the line using the metal cutters. The protective covering of the plastic film should be left in place until you've finished. Roll the metal into a cone so that the edges overlap by 1cm.
Use your bradawl to make three evenly spaced holes along the join of the cone, piercing through both edges of the overlapping sheet. This is much easier than it sounds, as aluminium is a soft metal.
Secure the cone with short lengths of galvanised wire, making sure that the ends of the wire are left facing inwards.
Make four evenly-spaced holes around the top of the cone. Thread generous lengths of wire through and twist to secure. Form a hook with the other ends.
Before planting up the cone, line it with a layer of bubble wrap. This will act as insulation to stop plant roots baking if you hang the metal cones in direct sunlight.
Water your hanging basket twice a day during summer months to ensure they don't dry out.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
Could you please tell me what gauge aluminium sheet you use to make the cone hanging baskets - how many mm thick?
30/10/2013 at 07:27
I really like this project but how do you stop the material from getting discolored wouldn't it be better made in stainless steel or even copper sheeting? That will stop the slugs
I think I will be making some of these in the spring but I shall add cardboard to the inner and a black plastic bag with some holes in the bottom