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Woven neon dip-dyed succulent hanging planter tutorial

Hello again lovelies! I have a great new project for you. It's a woven neon yellow dip-dyed succulent hanging planter tutorial (phew, try saying that 10 times fast!) I've been having a bit of a love affair with natural tones matched with neon yellow lately, and a few weeks back I learned how to weave at Megan Morten and Maryanne Moodie's 'The School'. I am also loving hanging succulent planters and the dip dyed trend, so I thought why not mush all these lovely ideas together into one crafty creation?

Now before you squeal with excitement as I did when I started this mini masterpiece, be warned that this isn't the easiest DIY project around. It can get quite fiddly and will take you a good few hours. But if you have the patience then you will be rewarded with the finest hanging planter in town.

What you will need:

- Natural light grey/cream string
- A glass milk bottle or vessel of choice
- Neon paint
- Scissors
- Weaving/tapestry needle
- Masking or washi tape
- Hair band or elastic band
- Ruler or measuring tape

DIY neon dip dyed woven succulent planter1. Measure out 24 stretches of string (about 60cm long) and tie them at the top in a loose knot, or use masking tape to hold the tops together temporarily.

2. Use tape to collect the string at the bottom leaving about 10cm bellow it, and carefully insert your milk bottle or vessel to sit evenly amongst the string.

3. Stretch the hair band around everything so that it sits about half way up the milk bottle. I chose to add a bit of tape to hold it in place.

4. From the top knot, pull out every second piece of string so that it hangs down. Re-do the knot at the top, making sure all of the pieces of string are still even.

5. Collect the new pieces of string at the base using more tape.

6. Using a long piece of string, tie a tight knot just above the tape.

7. Remove the tape and wrap the string around the bunch, creating a 'wrapped' effect to make the top of the tassel nice and neat.

8. Tread your tapestry needle with about an arm's length of string.

9. Thread the string through, following exactly where the hair band sits, and pull it tight so that your string sits snugly underneath it.

10. After your first full circumference, tie the end of the string in a double knot before continuing around.

11. Continue to weave around and around, making sure you always weave the opposite to the stitch above. For example if the above stitch goes over, you should be weaving under. After each circumference use the end of the needle to push the string up so that its packed nice and tight against the string above it.

12. If you run out of string, thread your needle with another length of string and just count backwards a few vertical steps before starting again so there is a slight overlap.

13. Weave all the way around and under the bottom, pushing the string up each time so that its packed tight. When you reach the bottom and there is no room to weave any more, thread the needle down through your rapped tassel, pull it tight and trim it so that its the same length as the rest of the tassel.

14. Cut out the hair band and remove it. Tidy everything up as best you can.

15. Squeeze out a big blob of paint into a bowl and add a little water.

16. Mix the water and the paint, before adding a bit more water. There should be about 5cm of painty water.

17. Dip your hanger, with the glass bottle still in it into the painty water, so that the water comes half way up the woven area. Hang it suspended over the bowl so that if it drips, it doesn't make a mess. I hung mine on a cupboard handle in my kitchen, with the bowl on the kitchen bench.

18. Wait about 5 minutes and see if the string has picked up much colour.

19. Add a little more paint to the water and dip again, this time don't dip as far up the woven area.

20. Repeat this process until you get the desired effect. I ended up adding a little paint (that wasn't watered down) to the very bottom of the tassel using my fingers, while the string was still quite wet.

21. Make sure that the string isn't all stuck together before leaving your woven creation to dry over night.

22. Add a succulent (even a fake one like I did..) and enjoy! This tutorial will work for other vessels like small plant pots, and you could probably experiment with different kinds of twine.

succulant planterI got a bit excited and used my left over painty water and string to make lots of mini tassels to hang on cupboard doors. Have fun!

Any questions or feedback, comment bellow. I'd love to hear how you get on! x

 

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