Make magic with a wall-mounted planter, find plenty more uses for mint than just cooking and be inspired to add fresh colours and fragrances to your garden.
- Old shutters
- Potting soil
- Plants of your choice
- Iron supports
- Plant trough and drip tray
- Drill bits
- Lock and bolt
Paint a pair of old shutters with blue enamel paint. Ours are 110cm high and have a combined width of 150cm. If you can’t find shutters at a junk shop or flea market, stores stock them in a range of sizes. Keep the dimensions of your plant trough in mind – ideally it should extend no more than 5cm past the shutters on either side.
Paint an old plant trough (ours is 90cm long and 21cm wide) and matching drip tray with lime-green enamel in a matt finish. The drip tray is essential to prevent a mess when you water your plants.
Place some large potsherds or stones around the drainage holes and fill the plant trough with potting soil.
Plant some red and bright pink ivy pelargoniums in the plant trough along with some ‘Million Bells’ (Calibrachoa).
Use a 5mm masonry bit to drill two holes for each shutter into the wall, then use a 5mm wood bit to drill matching holes in the shutters. Hammer plugs through the shutters into the wall and secure the shutters with screws.
Drill holes in the wall for the metal supports using a 6mm masonry bit. If a lack of space prevents you from hammering in the plugs directly, use a screwdriver and hammer instead.
Now your DIY is complete
For an authentic look, screw a lock bolt onto the shutters.
Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine
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