Ok, here’s the plant shelf done with the stuff I had on hand: a piece of plywood, faux stone spray paint, paracord (for hanging). I already had two hooks in the ceiling so I didn’t bother to make them align with the edges of the shelf. I drilled holes in the four corners of the board and put the paracord through, then tied an overhand knot below to keep it in.
This works okay, but it’s very unstable and I’m not happy with it as a long-term solution. If it’s bumped just slightly, it sways dangerously. If it were bumped a little harder, it could easily dump these three plants onto the countertop. (And that quartz countertop is hard stuff, so the pots would shatter.) So I’m still looking for a better solution for raising my plants off the counter, but still in front of this window.
Homemade plant shelf
This hollyhocks scene from my dad is a real challenge and I enjoyed trying it out again. On this rendering, the color of the flowers is truer, and I like the sense of distance in the background.
I’m getting close to my fiftieth painting! This is #41.
Hollyhocks No. 2, watercolor on paper, 5x7"
Here is the first painting, #39 of 50:
Hollyhocks No. 1, Watercolor on paper, 5x7"
For a long time I’ve kept a few small potted plants on the countertop near my kitchen sink because the light there is just perfect. But I never liked having the plants take up space right there in the midst of all the action. A Google search turned up no good products for an indoor plant shelf, but my favorite DIY and crafty websites came through!
A nifty website called One Pretty Thing shows lists of interesting crafts projects, so that is one of the first places I looked. From there I found this “thermos stand” at Design Sponge, which is perfect to adapt for my plants. I’ve cut the wood and drilled the initial holes for hanging; I’ll post my finished project when it’s done.
"Hanging Vintage Thermos Display Shelf" from Design Sponge
Gourds are another flexible substrate for painting, staining, carving, and wood burning. I created this mountain scene surrounding the middle of this bottle gourd. The scene is out of my imagination and I used a little bit of leather dye and shoe polish to give it a bit of shine and color.
This is my Christmas present for my mom.
Wood-burned gourd showing fitted top.
Another side of the wood-burned gourd
Another play for the African violet plant. #40 in the Fifty at Fifty series.
African Violet No. 3, watercolor on paper, 6" x 6"