How to Make a Faux Kokedama: The Indoor Garden Delight

Kokedama hanging plants are all the rage now, but they can be quite pricey. Luckily, the LivingSpace Mag asked us to create a project for their summer addition. So, we created a hanging kokedama for an indoor or outdoor garden. We’ll show you how you can easily make your own faux kokedama with some plants from your garden!

Grow your indoor garden with this faux kokedama DIY

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Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You will need:

  • Coir (coconut hair – readily available from nurseries)
  • Twine
  • Balloon
  • Cold Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Small plastic pots and plants from your garden *

STEP 1:

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Get started on your faux kokedama by blowing up a balloon. Place the balloon in a small pot or bowl to keep it stable, with the knot pointing to the bottom of the bowl.

At least ¾ of the balloon needs to stick out. Use a brush to cover the exposed parts of the balloon in cold glue.

STEP 2:

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Take wads of the coir and press it onto the cold glue until everything is covered. Press it down softly so that you don’t damage the balloon. Allow to dry.

STEP 3:

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Cover the coir-covered balloon with spray adhesive and then slowly tie twine around it all. It is easiest to turn the balloon and keep the twine still!

STEP 4:

How to make a faux kokedama macrama knotting

To make the macramé hanger for the faux kokedama, cut six pieces of twine, roughly 50cm long. Tie them together at the top. Divide them into twos and knot each pair 20cm from the top. Then split the pairs below the knot and tie each leg to the leg of an adjacent pair. This will create a mesh. Then tie all six strings together at the bottom, leaving a tassel underneath.

STEP 5:

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Fill a small pot with potting soil and a plant and place inside the coir bowl. Then place the bowl inside the macramé hanger and hang up your plants.

* When choosing a plant for your faux kokedama, consider where it will hang. If it is going to hang on an enclosed patio where it will get little to no sun, it is best to use an indoor plant.

Happy Gardening!

House tour – Greenhouse

This inspired home is the perfect example on how to bring the outside in and play with collections of the nostalgic, treasures found outdoors and air plants.

It achieves the ultimate goal in any home … to truly reflect the personality of the warm and loving family that lives there.

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The (Streptophylla) is the home owners favorite plant! She says it looks like the leaves are permed and the less water she gives it the tighter the curls! Combined with different ceramic objects it puts the ‘life’ in this still life.

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This heirloom cupboard gets a contemporary make-over without any structural changes by adding finds from the family’s treasure hunts. Nests combined with origami shapes folded by family members and displayed in a glass vase, stacked bones, folded knits and rope become a feast for the eyes. What a treasure chest!

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A combination of unexpected elements like wood, stone, a knit and plants look perfectly styled on a wooden surface.

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Attention to detail is evident everywhere in the house. Little thoughtful details like these hooks that display a collection of crochet was hand crafted by the owners grandfather – Oupa Louw.

The (Targentea) air plant on the left is part of a collection showcased on a window sill in the house. Graphic and beautiful!

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The gorgeous collection of air plants on the window sill from the left (Targentea), top right (Bulbosa) and below right (Tionantha). I fell in love with the pictures so I thought I will enlarge them and get them framed for my living room.

TIP: Advice from the owner – Water your air plants at least once a week with a spray bottle. In hotter months you can even water them more. It’s a myth that they don’t need any watering and can be a costly mistake.

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Combining three of these (Sedum Morganianum) commonly known as ‘Donkie sterte – Donkey tails’ make a jaw dropping display on a bland wall. I thought they look incredibly lush but the owner informed me that they are actually suppose to have more dense leaves. They don’t due to them being planted in a shady area. I still think they are absolutely beautiful!

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Feast your eyes on the owner’s green house that is neatly tucked away under a big tree in the garden. It was a birthday gift from her husband. I say hats off to such a thoughtful man!

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A sneak peak into the greenhouse filled with luscious plants waiting to be used either in the garden or indoors.

The owner tells me that she prefers to use succulents instead of flowers as they are equally pretty and can easily be planted once cut and used for display purposes.

I hope you have been just as inspired by this house tour as I was when taking the pictures.

Happy styling,

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Eat your veggies!

I love gardening. It’s in my blood and the passion has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. However, unlike my mother and aunts, I don’t walk around a nursery and name each plant by its biological name but are more interested in the layout and landscaping side of gardens.

There is nothing better than making salad with freshly cut salad leaves from your garden and you don’t have to live on a farm like Germarie and I do to plant your own – a sunny spot on a balcony will do just fine!

Here are four of my favorite veggie gardens. Good Food’s Hydroponic tunnels, Babylonstoren, Oranjezicht City Farm and Leopards Leap in Franschoek. They are all well worth a visit!

I hope these images of some clever gardening ideas inspire you to start your own or revamp your current outdoor space. After writing this post and revisiting my pictures I can’t wait to get my fingers in the soil, even if it’s just to prepare the layout, beds and trellises I’ve planned before planting starts at end of winter.

 

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 Oranjezicht City Farm Photography: Margaux Tait

Oranjezicht City Farm is situated below majestic Table Mountain and used to be a lawn bowls field! Here’s to urban veggies! Visit their market every Saturday – rain or shine – from 9 – 2.

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The Babylonstoren garden is formal in structure. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible and it is grown as organically as possibly. Fruit and veg are harvested year round for use in the restaurant. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into water ways from a stream into the garden as it had been done for 300 years.

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Leopard’s Leap was conceptualized at the turn of the century by winemaker and businessman Hein Koegelenberg, with guidance from his late father in law, internationally renowned industrial leader Dr. Anton Rupert. Following its formidable success as a wine producer during the first decade, a decision was made in 2011 to broaden the horizons and, at the same time, create a home where visitors can get close to the values of the Leopard’s Leap brand and experience the Leopard’s Leap identity and principal passions – wine, food, conservation and literature.

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Leopard’s Leap Photography: Margaux Tait

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It’s time to eat better. It’s time for Good Food! The Good Food Hydroponic project is based on BioDelta Farm in the Franschhoek Valley. Based on a low carb high fat (LCHF) lifestyle, the brand offers nuts, seeds, biltong, droewors and all other manner of pro-banting goodies which is being sold from their Deli at Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch. The hydroponics also enable them to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs all year round which can be purchased from the weekend market as well.
www.facebook.com/goodfoodeatbetter

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For more green inspiration purchase your copy of our DIY & Styling Issue right now!

Happy gardening!

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Cabbage Patch Kid (and other veggies)

In a previous post I mused about the fantastic advantages to having a veggie garden for kids (Little Green Fingers), and so I decided that it is time to take the first step in having one of our own. Having a veggie patch for the kids was definitely a dream come true – certainly more so for me than for the kid involved, but I believe that given time, he will come to love it as much as I do.

I chose a far corner of the garden, mainly to be out of the way of the muts – although I have found our Sharpei cross nibbling on the spinach a couple of times now.

We first prepared the soil with some chicken manure from the neighbour (this helps of course if your neighbour farms fowl), and then lay down some paths with bricks left over from the renovation of our house.

Adding a sprinkler to the existing pipe was simple enough, and then we just started putting in seeds and some potted herbs that I bought from the mall.

The first sprouts have already started showing (excitement!) so now we are just waiting…