I have been pretty obsessed with filling my apartment with plants this year - they make every room more fresh and beautiful! I have ferns in clay pots, air plants on a wood tray, some others in ceramic pots, but I also wanted to try making a basket planter. I love the look of plants in baskets, I suppose because it looks so natural and rustic.
I found this small green basket when someone in my apartment building had thrown it away - I rescued it and I'm so glad I did because it was perfect for this project. I also find a lot of great baskets at thrift stores!
After you have chosen your basket and your plant (I planted some rosemary here) you'll need to line your basket with plastic. I used two plastic grocery bags (one inside the other for double thickness) and simply placed them in my basket. I added a small layer of gravel to bottom of the bags for drainage since this plant is going in my living room and I don't water draining out. If you're going to put your basket outside you could simply cut a few slits in the bottom of the plastic for water drainage.
Next fill your basket with potting soil and carefully add your plant. Then use scissors to cut away any extra plastic. You'll still be able to see the top edge of the plastic sticking up above the soil line, but that's ok! We'll cover that up in the next step.
I used some pretty stones to line the edge of my basket, covering up the plastic edges. You could also use sea glass, Spanish moss, or even green moss collected from outside.
Ta da! A lovely basket planter : )