House Your Plants in Style With Colorful Painted Baskets

Because there's no such thing as too many plants.

By: Rebecca Ridner

Every interior designer knows that one of the quickest ways to infuse life into a room is by adding plants. They make great accessories and can soften any space. But if you're running out of surfaces to display your lovely plants, go vertical! Trust me, these bright, painted baskets filled with billowing plants will make your bare walls come alive.

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

The quickest way to add life to a room is by adding plants. They make great accessories and soften a space. Running out of surfaces to put them? Going vertical with a plant wall is a great solution. These painted neon baskets filled with plants will make your bare wall come alive.

Materials Needed

  • woven wall basket
  • painter's tape
  • acrylic craft paint
  • clear sealant spray (optional)
  • disposable aluminum loaf pan
  • plants of choice
Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Materials. Woven Wall Basket Painters Tape Acrylic Craft Paint Clear Spray Sealer (optional) Disposable Aluminum Loaf pan Plants

Directions

First, round up a variety of wall baskets. You will need enough to create a gallery of plants that will fill your wall space.

Using tape, make designs on each basket. If you plan to hang multiple baskets, stick to simple designs so the wall doesn’t become too busy. Because of the basket's texture, the tape won’t make a complete seal and is used more as a guideline.

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Using tape, make designs on each of your baskets. Stick to simple designs so the wall doesn’t become too busy. Because of the basket's texture, the tape won’t make a complete seal and is used more as a guideline for your lines.

Paint the front and sides of the basket with acrylic craft paint. Let each color dry before starting the next color. After all the paint is completely dry, apply a layer of sealant.

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Paint the front and sides of the baskets with neon acrylic craft paint. Let each color dry before starting the next color. After all the paint is completely dry you have the option to add a clear spray sealer.

Next, insert a disposable aluminum loaf pan into the basket, pressing it down a few inches from the top. It should fit snuggly inside. Note: For larger baskets, use a bigger pan and fold it to fit inside your basket. If your plant requires drainage, you can use two pans and poke holes in the top one to allow water to drain into the bottom pan.

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Next, you’ll want to insert a disposable aluminum loaf pan into the basket pressing it down a few inches from the top. It should fit snuggly into the basket. For larger baskets use a bigger pan and fold it to fit into your basket. If your plant requires drainage, you can use two pans and poke holes in the top one allowing water to drain into the bottom pan.

Fill the loaf pan with soil and the plants of your choice. Plants that don't require a lot of water work best.

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Fill the loaf pan with soil and plants of your choice. Plants that don’t require a lot of water work best. Hang your baskets with screws or hooks and enjoy your new plant wall!

Hang your baskets with screws or hooks, and enjoy your new plant wall!

Painted Basket Wall Planter

Painted Basket Wall Planter

The quickest way to add life to a room is by adding plants. They make great accessories and soften a space. Running out of surfaces to put them? Going vertical with a plant wall is a great solution. These painted neon baskets filled with plants will make your bare wall come alive.

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Bromeliad

Bromeliads come in a variety of colors and sizes. They're known for their thick leaves and red flowering spikes, a feature that only comes once in its lifetime. Proper watering is key to the growth and well-being of bromeliads. When watered too much, the plant can suffer from root rot; however, when not watered enough, they can quickly dry out. Bromeliads thrive best in sunny rooms with indirect sunlight.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Open up the pages of any home decor magazine and you're certain to find designer homes filled with fiddle leaf fig trees. These natural beauties are loved by designers for their sculptural qualities and their ability to grow more than eight feet tall. These trees thrive in areas with plenty of indirect sunlight and temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to tell if a fiddle leaf tree needs water is to stick your finger into the soil. If the top of layer of soil is dry, but the lower layers are moist, that means it's in great shape.

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Succulents

A beautiful way to dress up small surfaces around your home is with groupings of young succulents. They come in a variety of species and cost approximately $2 per plant. For succulents to thrive, they must be placed in rooms with direct sunlight and watered generously in the summer -- but allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the winter, you can water every other month.

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Philodendrons

Tropical plants, especially philodendrons, are popular with designers due to the shape and large scale of their leaves. In order for philodendrons to flourish, they should live in spaces which receive indirect sunlight and offer plenty of shade. In order to ensure proper growth, keep their soil moist at all times and make sure the room's temperature remains above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair ferns are known for their flowing, feminine style. But unlike most ferns, the maidenhair is a bit more fickle and requires special care. These particular ferns require a shady environment with no direct sunlight or bright light, otherwise its leaves will quickly start to discolor. Since maidenhair ferns love humidity, place them on top of a watering tray to regulate the dampness of their environment, and be sure to spray frequently.

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Lemon Button Fern

Lemon button ferns, also known as a southern sword ferns, are commonly found in shady, wooded areas. These beauties are drought tolerant, easy to care for and thrive in shady rooms. Just make sure their soil never completely dries out.

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Peat Moss

Once houseplants are placed into their planters, camouflage the soil and fertilizer with a decorative top layer of Spanish or peat moss. The moss will trap escaping moisture, preventing plants from drying out too quickly. This top-coat isn't a perfect fit for all plants, though, because some plants prefer a more arid environment.

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