I have a fun d.i.y. for all you gardeners out there today. I needed a trellis for one of my teeny tiny plants that was getting a little unruly. It's difficult to find smaller trellises, so I figured making my own would be the way to go. I love the idea of mixing turquoise or other stones into the trellis. It looks all dream catchery and boho chic. This is an easy d.i.y. but a fairly messy/sticky one with all the glue. Since we're using wire, you can get creative with your trellis shape. So many possibilities. Here's what you need:
Before you start, line your work station with the wax paper.
1.Cut your wire to desired length. Take your hemp and dip in collage pauge (The collage pauge keeps the hemp from unraveling and repels water. I used a glossy collage pauge which does a pretty good job of repelling water, but you can use regular glue if you're careful not to soak your trellis when you water your plant.) and tie in a knot around the wire, 1-2" from the end. Leaving the ends of the wire hemp free will help the trellis go into the soil a little easier.
2.Begin wrapping the hemp around the wire, dipping the hemp in collage pauge as you go. At the end of the wire, tie another knot and dip in collage pauge. Make sure to leave the other end of the wire 1-2" without hemp. Let the trellis dry for 2-3 hours at this point, or until completely dry.
3.Thread wire through bead and curl the end of the wire so the bead doesn't fall off.
4.After trellis has dried, wrap the top of the wire around the trellis.
5.To create a charm, finish looping the wire around the trellis and wrap the excess wire back down the wire until you reach the stone. Be sure to clamp any sharp ends.
6.Add as many charms as you'd like.
7.Form your trellis into any shape.
8.Stick the ends into the soil and gently wrap your plant around your new trellis.
Doesn't the turquoise looks like little rain drops? Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy then mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become turquoise. Love that.
Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection.
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