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As you’re all already aware I am useless when it comes to crafting, so Johanna took the lead on this amazing DIY plant hanger project! Here are her thoughts:

We dreamed up the idea for this DIY while spending many sunny mornings at Kitten and the Bear. They have the most beautiful chandelier hanging in their window and its many prisms cause rainbows to shoot across the tea room in every direction daily. As professional pastel hunters and magic makers this is the kind of everyday magic that we live for (we even track the rainbows we find from prisms with the tag #rainbowsinthewild!)

With a simple Amazon search we realized purchasing chandelier prisms is both super easy and affordable, so obviously we ordered a whole bunch and started brainstorming what we could use them for. On a trip to Mokuba, one of our favourite craft supply stores, we found the prettiest pastel cotton rope in every colour of the rainbow, and the rest is history!

Follow the steps below to infuse you’re own plant hanger with a little bit of prism magic.

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What you’ll need //

8 metres of two different coloured cotton rope (we used pink and gold)
Scissors
Sewing Needles
Sewing Thread
A plant pot

Instructions //

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1. Take each length of 8 metre rope and cut it in half – you should end up with 4 strands, gather these strands and fold in half in the middle – now you should have a handful of 8 strands, 4 of each colour. Tie a knot 3 inches down from your fold and cut the fold open.

This knot acts as the bottom or base of your plant hanger, the bottom of the pot will rest ontop of it.

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2. Now take your 8 strands and group them into two’s, one pink – one gold. You should have 4 “arms”

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3. About 3 inches from your base knot tie 4 separate knots, each knot is made up of one gold and one pink strand

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4. Now use your plant pot to gauge where you should tie your next set of knots. Grab one pink from one arm and one fold from it’s neighbouring arm and tie them together the same way you did in step 3. Go around and do this to all the arms.

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You should end up with something that looks like this:

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5. Once your pot securely fits inside the hanger you can move on – the bigger the pot the more knots you’ll need, the smaller the pot the closer together the knots will have to be.

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6. The next step requires a new type of knot you may remember from making friendship bracelets, a Chinese Staircase knot.

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7. Choose one of the colours (we used gold) and tie 10 Chinese Staircase style knots up the arms, continue on all 4 arms.

8. Gather all 4 arms and about 2 feet up from your Staircase knots, tie together in one big knot.

9. Now your ready to create the hanging loop! Divide the remaining rope coming from the large knot in two. Take the longest piece from each grouping (ours will be pink since we used the gold to make the staircase) and tie 6 Chinese Staircase knots on each side.

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10. To finish it off use your longest piece of rope that remains to make a Wrapped Knot, pull very tightly and trim off excess!

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Now you’ve made your very own Pastel Plant Hanger! We turned ours into a Prismatic rainbow maker by sewing in spare chandelier prisms!

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A special thanks to our friends at Mokuba for the pretty pastel rope.
You can shop chandelier prisms on Amazon!

Dear DiaryDress Up

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I’ve been feeling a little bit worn down lately by how little people are able to see their impact on the world, and I figured National Thrift Shop Day might be a good time to speak up. The world we live in is so much about the new- new apartments with new fixtures, new cars, new gadgets… even new puppies instead of rescue dogs who desperately need a home! It gets overwhelming when I sit down and think about it but perhaps the most constantly noticeable result of this dangerous “new” cycle is the obsession with new, trendy clothing.

Don’t get me wrong- I love having fun with how I dress, and I’m constantly changing up my look. That said, I’m into style, not trends and fast fashion, which means I really believe in working with what you have, reinventing old favourites, investing in carefully made items that will last a long time and shopping for thrifted items whenever possible. That’s where National Thrift Shop Day and Value Village’s #IGiveAShirt campaign comes in.

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Did you know it takes over 700 gallons of water to make just one new cotton t-shirt? That’s right, a single t-shirt. This back to school season Value Village is asking that instead of buying everything new all the time, people start to reflect on their clothing footprint and buy used items whenever possible. With our help they save roughly 650,000,000 pounds of clothing out of landfills every year, and maybe if we all stop and think about where our clothing is coming from we can make that number higher than ever in 2016.

Oh and where did I get my t-shirt? Glad you asked- I thrifted it!

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