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DIY Orchid hanging basket

This is a discussion on DIY Orchid hanging basket within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Following one of kitty's posts (I think), with some pictures of some lovely hanging baskets, ...

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    Default DIY Orchid hanging basket

    Following one of kitty's posts (I think), with some pictures of some lovely hanging baskets, I decided to try making some.
    Is anyone interested in the step-by-step? It's not very complicated but I'd be happy to post the pictures and steps I took if anyone wants to see them.

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    Any potting information is good information. lol It'd be interesting, thanx!
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    I, for one, would definately be interested. Thank you Zoe!

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    Me Too! Post an article in the library. That would be awesome!

    Cheers,
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    Stuff:
    Four 5/8 x 5/8 x 36" wood rods, cut into 6" pieces
    Some hanging loops
    A ceiling hook
    Some wood glue
    Some water based wood sealent
    A hammer
    Some small nails



    I started by laying out the first level of the basket. On the bottom, I used 4 sticks across, hopefully enough to contain the orchid media.



    For ease of building, aesthetics, and sturdiness, I decided to glue every contact point, and nail about half of them. On the bottom, I nailed every piece.











    Once the bottom was built, I just kept building upwards until it was the height I wanted





    I didn't glue the top pieces, because I needed to put the loops in. I scored the ends of the piece of wood with a rasp, and put on a generous amount of wood glue. I didn't have a clamp, so I just put some books on it to hold it down while the glue dried.



    I decided to seal it; I didn't want the wood to rot.



    When the sealent dried, I screwed in the loops





    Here's the basket with the orchid in it:




    I still have to decided where to hang it and tie the twine to the loops and ceiling hook... but you get the idea

    It's not perfect, I know, but it's my first time and I did it alone so I think I did ok.

    Some problems I encountered were the rods splitting when I nailed them into place. Next time I would be more careful about nailing a little further from the end.

    Also, the rods weren't all perfectly 6"... there was sometimes a small .25" variance (at most). I don't think I'll ever be sawing them perfectly, so instead of worrying about it, I just designated one side as being the "back" of the box, and any excess wood sticks out on that side.

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    This is great info. Thanks!

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    Great job! Now, could we see a full shot of the kitty?

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    Might I offer a suggestion to solve the issue of the rods splitting just drill a tiny hole in the one that the shaft of the nail is passing through.

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    Oh, wait. You said full shot... this is as close as I have:





    Thanks for the suggestions Wolfin... I'll be breakin out the ol' drill next time!

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    Oooooohh! Look at the kitties!! I love the black spot inside the mouth like that. LOL! My mom's German Shepherd has a couple black spots on her tongue.

    And what a cute kitten! The pic looks like someone's just noticed there are drapes that need climbing! (And mom says, 'yeah, ok kid. I need a nap.)

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