I remember growing up in what we affectionately called a jungle. My mom could and did grow every type of indoor house plant imaginable. She had so many that our front living room did look like a jungle and was fun to play in as a kid. But, she didn’t just have plants in the front room; she had them everywhere, bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, etc.
With having so many plants she had to get creative with pots for the plants and places to put them. My favorite recycled potting idea she had was using a hanging shower caddy as a planter.
One day we came home and hanging on the bathroom wall was an old shower caddy stuffed with tropical plants. A little while later, we came home and found another shower caddy in the kitchen planted with herbs. And as a gift to my grandmother when she moved to the desert was a shower caddy that we filled with cacti.
To make these handy planters all you need is a hanging shower caddy, landscape fabric, hot glue and hot glue gun, potting soil mix for the type of plants you will be planting and the plants.
Line the shower caddy baskets with landscape fabric making it hang over the top ½ an inch on all sides. Fold that excess over the top of the basket and glue it to itself. This will hold the fabric in place when you pour in the dirt and make it look a little more finished.
Next, pour in our potting soil 2/3rds of the way full and plant your plants in the baskets. Fill the rest of the way with potting soil. You can add Spanish moss, gravel or mulch if you have gaps between your plants, or if you only planted one plant in the basket.
Note: If you are planting cacti or succulents you might want to do research on what type of soil they do best in, some won’t do well in potting soil and you will need gravel or sand instead.
To display your new plants, find a location that gives the plants the right amount of light and place a nail into the wall at that location. Be sure and use a strong nail and make sure it is into a stud because the baskets will be heavy. You can also use Monkey Hooks/Hercules Hooks.
To make the baskets blend in with your décor you can use a ribbon and weave it in and out of the bars on the basket all the way around.
My favorite shower caddy planter is the one we made with African violets. These little flowers brighten up any room and having them clumped together in two baskets really looked nice.
One thing I do suggest is that you be very careful on how much water you give the plants. As it can leak through the landscape fabric and get your wall dirty. If you want to avoid this you can use a milk carton box cut in half and laid on it’s side in the bottom of the basket on the inside of the landscape fabric so you don’t see the carton. Fill the carton with gravel, then lay another piece of landscape fabric on top of the gravel and then place the soil on top of that. This way the water won’t leak out of the container.